Galen Alessi, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program and Clinic, Western Michigan University
The ABCS of Coping with Anxiety is a concise, clear, specific and practical user-friendly guide for sufferers of various anxiety issues. The author has combined findings from the best evidence-based outcome research on anxiety treatment with the real-world knowledge that can only be gained from years of actual clinical experience treating anxiety patients. The result is a compact guide to lead the reader through a sequence of four practical steps - the ABCS.
Intended as a self-help guide for those who cannot readily access professional help (for any number of reasons), the ABCS approach focuses on the key treatment steps that clinical research evidence has confirmed are necessary, if not essential, for recovery from debilitating anxiety problems. The guide would also prove useful to those searching for the most effective kind of professional help with their anxiety by ensuring that key evidence-based treatment components are effectively covered in sessions with their therapist.
Although symptoms may differ across the anxiety disorders spectrum, the book lays out the core treatment components that have been found to be widely effective. The ABCS approach, however, does also discuss, explain, and provide more specific suggestions for dealing with various symptoms as they differ among the anxiety disorders. This helps readers to personalize their coping program to meet their unique needs and circumstances.
Having a book like The ABCS of Coping with Anxiety available addresses several practical real-life needs facing sufferers of debilitating anxiety. Some sufferers live too far away from professional providers; others cannot afford professional help; others may feel too shy or embarrassed to seek help; and others may wish to try to master their anxiety on their own. All can benefit from reading The ABCS of Coping with Anxiety.