Books, etc. you should beg, buy, or borrow.

I don’t sell books . . . below is some recommended reading.  Books and other materials I have found helpful are listed here. Some material is recorded on tape and others are CD-based lesson plans that are very effective.

I try to read everything I can get my hands on – and so do most of my fellow sufferers. We discuss what we have read, we share ideas, trade tapes, and all that. The Public Library has some good materials, but they seem to always be checked out! I have listed some favorites here that have helped me along with some that have been highly recommended.

I give the ISBN number for each one – you can “Google” an ISBN to find a book.  You can search Barnes & Noble or using this ISBN number and read reviews and other information, author bio, etc.  Or, using that ISBN number, your local Library can get it for you for free.


Below I list some books I recommend – I DON’T GET PAID A COMMISSION AND I DON’T SELL BOOKS – these are things I have read personally or have spoken to a friend about them and they are worth your time.

Whether you borrow, buy, or Kindle, you should check some of these out:

  • Today is Your Day to Win. A great book that deals with how you feel about yourself. Low self-esteem and feelings of low worth are two of our biggest enemies. The book walks you through that – I found it very powerful and uplifting (here’s a website that will give it to you FREE!) ISBN: 9780974661407


  • Dr. Andrew Weil (we’ve all seen him on Oprah) gives specific and detailed information on diet, exercise, stress reduction, breathing techniques, vitamins, supplements, herbs, and all the other components in the eight-week program. He customizes programs for special groups of people: pregnant women, overweight people, recovering alcoholics and drug abusers, those dealing with or overcoming heart problems, former cancer sufferers, people over 65, and a dozen other categories.                         ISBN: 9781594630668


  • Free Your Breath, Free Your Life.  I have to quote the author, Dennis Lewis about how the way we breathe shapes every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, he says, “Few of us in today’s stress-filled world breathe in a free, natural, and harmonious way,” says Lewis. “Our mostly fast, constricted breathing undermines our physical, emotional, and spiritual health,” and “reduces our capacity to sense, feel, think, and act in clear, sensitive, and effective ways.” ISBN: 1-59030-133-1


  • Diagonally-Parked in a Parallel Universe provides systematic, proven methods for successfully coping. Written with humor by a psychologist and former social anxiety sufferer, it uses a life-strategy approach which can significantly alleviate sufferers’ anxiety and help them achieve their goals and work toward their potential. ISBN: 9780967126500
  • Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks is a good guide offering help to those who suffer from panic anxiety…explains how panic attacks occur and offers a five-step strategy for controlling those attacks. ISBN 0-06-095160-5


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  • Anxiety Disorders in Adults.  An experienced professional counselor offers an understanding of common nervous disorders–from mild anxiety and stress to severe agoraphobia–and shows how they can be controlled. It’s 384 pages, and all good material. ISBN: 0195116259


  • Dr. Weil on Breathing!  Breathing: The Master Key to Self Healing This is a complete course of eight breathing exercises that Dr. Andrew Weil uses in his own life, and has prescribed to hundreds of patients over the past two decades. In plain language, Dr. Weil explains the secret of breathwork?s power over our health, and its ability to influence ? and even reprogram ? the nervous system. Dr. Weil said “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.” ISBN: 1564557308


  • Triumph Over Fear combines Jerilyn Ross’s firsthand account of overcoming her own disabling phobia with inspiring case histories of recovery from other forms of anxiety, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. State-of-the-art information is combined with powerful self-help techniques, together with clear indications of when to seek additional professional help and/or medication. Also included is the latest research on anxiety disorders in children, plus advice for dealing with family members and employers. ISBN: 9780553374445


  • Stress & Relaxation Explained I am fond of books on tape because they not only bring more life to the material, but also some sound effects, background, etc. Here’s one from Alice D. Domar, Ph.D., who established the first Mind-Body Center for Women s Health. This tape includes a nature-based, guided relaxation experience in 5.1 surround sound, which envelopes you totally. ASIN: B000NDEWTY


  • 30 Scripts for Relaxation Imagery & Inner Healing This is a new program that helps listeners activate their own “inner healing” resources to promote well-being. Includes a do-it-anywhere five-minute “quickie” visualization exercise that can be used at a moment’s notice to relieve stress when relief is most needed. I just recently heard about this one and it has gotten good reviews. ISBN: 0938586696


  • This Is Your Brain on Joy.  Instead of pills, maybe you can “rewire” your brain! This is an interesting book that gives scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. This doctor is saying that you’re not stuck with the brain you’re born with. Dr. Daniel Amen gives some rather surprising “brain prescriptions” that seem to have an effect (such as his “anti-anger” diet, how to stop obsessive worrying, and some simple breathing techniques to achieve immediate calm, etc.) ISBN: 078522873X


  • Stress Survival Guide.  I got some help from this simple, straightforward guide and I recommend it as a “first book.” It helps readers understand the overwhelming feelings associated with anxiety disorders, simple phobias, panic disorders, and agoraphobia. ISBN: 0060534540
  • Pass Through Panic.  Claire Weekes has a great collection of eight radio lectures she copyrighted while working in Australia. The “book” contains two casette tapes and is the best source I know of on how to work through panic attacks.  ISBN: 1565119703


  • Qigong for Lifelong Health.  Here’s a terrific book that belongs in everyone’s library and, since Publisher’s Weekly says it best, I’ll quote them here: “According to the ancient Chinese discipline of chi kung (pronounced chee gung), the body’s energy is released by the air breathed into it. Zi, a classically trained American singer raised in China, has adapted that idea in an intriguing method she calls chi zi. (Chi means breath, breathing or air.) Her premise is that controlled breathing can create new sources of life-enhancing energy.” ISBN: 978-1-55643-843-1


  • Surviving Panic Disorder.  Before beginning any course of treatment and/or medications, you should read Dr. Shipko’s latest book – subtitled “What You Need To Know.” Dr. Shipko specializes in Psychiatry and Neurology in his clinic in Pasadena, California where he directs the Panic Disorder Institute. Having treated over 1,500 patients with panic disorder, he is clearly one of the foremost authorities currently available. ISBN:  1410787346


  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders. This is a treatment manual on GAD. It offers a scientifically sound cognitive-behavioral therapy protocol but it is presented in user-friendly language. Individuals with GAD can either work through it on their own or with a therapist.  ISBN: 1593858302


  • Coping with Anxiety.  A ten-step approach I recommend this book because it takes a sensible, clinically based approach. It teaches ten simple steps to overcoming the problem and maintaining an anxiety-free life. In the first chapter, for example, readers learn how to deal with physical symptoms by mastering three essential relaxation techniques. Each strategy provides something the reader can do right then to achieve immediate results.  ISBN: 1572243201


  • Coping with Anxiety and Panic Attacks.  I liked this book because the author examines the biological and emotional causes of anxiety, including stress, trauma, fear, and rigid parenting. He also discusses the physical consequences of anxiety such as ulcers, sleep disorders, and increased risk of other illnesses. He also explores the treatment of everyday anxiety and provides practical advice on stress management. This book is readable and well organized; its clear style, realistic examples, and practical advice helped me understand the processes he was describing.  ISBN: 082392548X


  • The Anxiety Disease.  I try to read everything I can on anxiety and found this doctor’s concept very interesting.  Recent research has been encouraging and is presented in his book by Dr. David V. Sheehan, formerly of the Harvard Medical School, who is now the Director of Research of the College of Medicine at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dr. Sheehan explains that the more unexpected and unprovoked the attacks or the symptoms, the more likely that the victim is suffering from a biologically beset disease. What’s more, medical science can now overcome this disease in virtually all cases through a combination of drugs and behavior therapy.  ISBN: 0553272454


  • Conscious Breathing.  Here’s a great book from therapist Gay Hendricks, who has refined the most important breathing practices into a mainstream healing tool. Based on his 20 years experience, Hendricks says proper breathing can provide dramatic benefits, ranging from lowered blood pressure and pain reduction to elimination of depression and anxiety.  ISBN: 0553374435


  • How to Lead Small Groups Support Group.  This is a great book that covers leadership skills for all kinds of small groups, including Bible study, fellowship, task, and support groups. It’s designed to help you hit the ground running by giving you all the tools and information you need without making you wade through a lot of theory. ISBN: 0891093036


  • The Courage to Lead: Start Your Own Support Group.  There’s another great little book that covers all aspects of forming, organizing, publicizing, and leading a group; how to get started with discussion subjects, study materials, speakers; shares ten characteristics of an effective group, as well as a Twelve Step and other programs; using the telephone and on-line support; and a “trouble-shooters” guide.  This small book provides a great practical guide for anyone wanting to initate a support group of virtually any kind. I think it is more helpful than college texts that I found in the local Community College library. ISBN: 1884158250


  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  My husband and I were in Hurricane Andrew and we identify with this book. We became impressed with this book because it is sensitive and concise and focuses on the healing of the survivor. Aphrodite Matsakis is a great author who?s style is clear and firm.  ISBN: 1879237687


  • Good book on OCD – Freedom from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Some experts emphasize medication to treat the biological roots of OCD and others stress its psychological component. In his book, Dr. Johnathan Grayson’s approach combines the best of both schools of thought with compassion.  ISBN: 042519955X


  • An End to Panic.  To learn more about Panic Disorder, this is written by a therapist (Ph.D.) who has specialized in treating anxiety disorders for more than 15 years. She teaches the physiology of panic attacks and provides tips on how to change thinking and to relax.  ISBN: 1572240342


  • The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook.  Here’s a workbook that presents step-by-step guidelines, questionnaires, and exercises to help sufferers learn skills and make lifestyle changes to help them get relief from most symptoms. Expanded coverage of traditional and new medications, plus supplements and herbs such as kava, St. John’s wort, and SAM-e, and an updated list of resources and Web sites make this a very useful and up-to-date workbook.  ISBN: 157224223X


  • “Help, I Think I’m Dying!  This is an outstanding consumer guide in helping people understand panic attacks and phobias. It not only provides the lay public with a down-to-earth explanation of panic, anxiety and phobias, but it also furnishes them with sensible guidance on how to select professionals who will responsibly and effectively treat individuals with this disorder.  ISBN: 0938423045


Papers, Journals, Dissertations

There is a new site that contains all PubMed/MedLine publications, plus additional journals and a database of theses and dissertations. The thesis database is not available anywhere else for free. Given this, BioMedSearch it is more comprehensive than any other free biomedical search site.  Go to


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