Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review of New Self-Help Overcoming Anxiety by Dr. David Berndt!


Psychologist David Berndt, Ph.D., in Overcoming Anxiety, outlines several self-help methods for relief from anxiety and worry. In clear language and a conversational style, Dr. Berndt talks intimately with the reader like he would in a therapy session, and he shares what he learned from his peers and clients about how to make techniques for anxiety management more effective and helpful.   

You will learn:

  • A Self-hypnosis grounding technique in the Ericksonian tradition.
  • Box Breathing, Seven Eleven and similar breathing techniques for anxiety relief.
  • How to stop or interrupt toxic thoughts that keep you locked in anxiety.
  • How to harness and utilize your worries, so they work for you.
  • Relief from anxiety through desensitization and exposure therapy.
Designed to be used alone as self-help or in conjunction with professional treatment Dr. Berndt draws upon his experience as a clinician and academic researcher to give accessible help to the reader who wants to understand and manage their anxiety.



I don't read self-help very often, but I come from a long line of women with anxiety issues, and although I find mine mild in comparison to some of my female relatives, I like to stay aware of those issues I do have and methods to diminish them because of my familial history. I thought this book was really great. In this book, the author shares numerous techniques for overcoming anxiety and related disorders. He talks about the 5-3-2-1 method, which I had never heard of. When you're feeling anxious, you're basically supposed to look around you and start by observing and focusing on five things you see, hear, etc. This takes you out of your head and gives you your surroundings to focus on instead of that sinking feeling or your rapid heartbeat. He also employs breathing exercises and addresses overcoming fears, phobias,cognitive behavior therapy to tackle negative thoughts, and dealing with thoughts that can lead to depression.

I felt the book was organized really well, making it easy for the reader to understand and use the techniques on their own. As a once-upon-a-time Psych major and grad, I enjoyed the book on an educational level, as well. And I may be no expert, as I only have a BA, but it certainly seems David Berndt is the real deal! If you have anxiety issues, or problems with panic attacks, fears, or any similar issues, this book is worth a read! If you take it seriously, absorb the information, and employ it, I think it will go a long way to helping you!

5 of 5 stars!

About the Author

David J. Berndt, Ph.D. was an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of
Chicago where he published or presented over 80 papers and articles before establishing a private practice. Dr Berndt currently lives in Charleston, S.C. where he also teaches in an adjunct capacity at the College of Charleston. He is best known for his psychological tests The Multiscore Depression Inventory, and the Multiscore Depression Inventory for Children, both from Western Psychological ServicesHe also contributes to several psychology websites including www.psychologyknowledge.com.
Praise for Dr. Berndt’s work:
About the Multiscore Depression Inventory:
 “A textbook example of how to create a psychological test.”
               -Oscar Burrows Mental Measurement Yearbook
About Overcoming Anxiety
Dr. Berndt is a creative and forward-thinking psychologist who has contributed to advancing psychology both with his research and clinical practice. He has helped countless patients with their depression and anxiety, and his conversational and accessible style of writing makes Overcoming Anxiety a book you would want for your top shelf.
                - Charles Kaiser, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the College of Charleston

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1 comment:

  1. Hey Booksih girl,
    Thanks for the kind review. With the help of blog features like yours we are now sitting at #2 in Anxiety and Phobias at Amazon and #3 in mental health. Your readers might be interested to hear the kindle version is deeply discounted this launch week. Thanks again.


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