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CBT Worksheets for Teenage Social Anxiety is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy resource book written by Dr. James Manning and Dr. Nicola Ridgeway. Written in an easy-to-understand format, CBT Worksheets for Teenage Social Anxiety outlines the correct usage of the book, as well as the definition of Anxiety. The CBT Worksheets can be used in conjunction with specified web pages in order to measure your anxiety levels and how you react in certain situations. Not only is anxiety explained, but so are emotions, destructive cycles, and the chemical reactions in your brain when you are in a fight or flight situation. CBT helps you to lessen the anxiety in certain situations so that you react differently. Fear causes anxiety, and removing the fear factor helps you to cope better. If the way anxiety sufferers react to situations remains unchanged, avoidance becomes the logical answer, with the person withdrawing more and more into a shell. Interaction with others in a social situation becomes not only awkward but unbearable. Rebuilding a person’s self-confidence and self-esteem is the key in helping them ease back into the world in a safe and calm manner. Learning to interact with the things that trigger anxiety is a long but worthwhile journey, as long as you keep up with the practices which you learn in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
As a sufferer of Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder and PTSD, I found the CBT Worksheets for Teenage Social Anxiety to be a very interesting and informative read. The information regarding how anxiety and worry feel is exceedingly accurate and, having gone through CBT in the past, I find the treatment advice to be well set out and very organized. Using both the worksheets and advice combined, when handling difficult encounters which trigger a person, is clever, well thought out, and easy to understand. Interaction with several characters in order to help bring the point across is ingenious, as are the different caricatures and cartoons, bringing an element of fun into the mix. I found Dr. James Manning and Dr. Nicola Ridgeway’s book to be intriguing and recommend it to all those who practice in CBT, are going through therapy for anxiety disorders, or who are afraid but don’t know what to do about it.