Anxiety Books

By Gila Lyons

By Gila Lyons

These are the most helpful books (other than mine! which my agent is shopping to publishers! stay tuned!) that I've encountered in terms of learning about anxiety and panic disorders, and what to do to live a full and brilliant life with them. 

On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety

Andrea Petersen

$16.00 $14.72

An excellently reported, researched, and recounted memoir of anxiety by the Wall Street Journal’s science and health reporter. Petersen's expertise in psychology, health, and neuroscience make this book an easy and informative read covering historical understanding of anxiety, science of anxiety and panic, genetics, biological and societal factors, her personal and familial accounts of anxiety, and treatment options. Where it stands out from other books is in its exploration of anxiety and gender. Peterson writes, “There is no greater risk factor for anxiety disorders than being born female. Women are about twice as likely as men to develop one, and women’s illnesses generally last longer, have more server symptoms, and are more disabling.” She investigates possible causes for this, including different attention between the genders in infancy (baby boys tend to be more colicky, therefore getting more attention); differences in child rearing, responding to children’s fears (girls are taught more empathy much younger which could cause them to internalize threats they perceive in the world around them, girls are coddled more with their fears, teaching they can’t handle them on their own, while boys are encouraged to “suck it up); fluctuating hormones as girls become women, and then monthly and if they become pregnant, estrogen linked to fear response in brain, as well as societal factors (unequal pay, sexual harassment, rape, misogyny).

So Sad Today: Personal Essays

Melissa Broder

$16.99 $15.63

Intense and anxiety and depression compelled Broder to start the anonymous twitter account @SoSadToday in 2012, where she quickly garnered a following of over 300,000, including Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. She tweeted openly, honestly, self-referentially, and hilariously about low self-esteem, social anxiety, depression, and panic, with relatable quips like, “feeling relaxed and at peace with myself jk,” and “what you call a nervous breakdown i call oops, accidentally saw things as they are.” This book is funny, honest, and keeps an anxious person good company while she struggles to see the humor or existential lightness in her condition.

Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry

Elizabeth M Karle and Catherine M Pittman

$17.95 $16.51

A fantastic book to understand how anxiety affects your brain and how you can combat feelings of panic and terror through a better grasp of your neurochemistry. Many people with anxiety and panic disorder find great comfort in understanding what is happening in their bodies, as the experience of anxiety disorders are often one of feeling incredibly out-of-control and in the dark about what’s happening in the body and mind. Though it’s about neuroscience and chemistry, this book is incredibly readable, compelling, comforting, and readily digestible for the average reader who wants to understand more about her anxious body and mind.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

Edmund J. Bourne

$25.95 $23.36

The Trauma of Everyday Life

Mark Epstein

$17.00 $15.64

DARE Workbook: New Brave Tools to End Anxiety

Barry McDonagh, Graham Thew, et al.

$14.95