Stopping Anxiety - A review of a powerful self-help book.


Book Review: Stopping the Noise in Your Head by Dr. Reid Wilson, Ph.D.

Rating: 9/10
Readability: 10/10
Recommended:  Yes

Dealing with anxiety, living with anxiety can be crippling. 

If you have anxiety issues, whether it is generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, OCD or other forms, you don’t need me to tell you how horribly they affect your life.

To those who don’t suffer from it.. Imaging your life being taken away from you because you are too afraid go outside, or be in a room with people.  Imagine second-guessing everything you do.  Imagine losing your confidence to deal with what most poeple would consider everyday normal situations.  You are plagued with unrealistic feelings of dread, fear and worry.  You develop wacky and often very inconvenient rituals to help avoid the feelings of anxiety.

Treatment for anxiety has several different forms.  The most common of which is anti-anxiety medication which helps to provide symptomatic relief, but does nothing about the underlying causes.

Enter Reid Wilson with Stop the Noise in Your Head.  Reid Wilson is a licenced psychologist who has decades of experience specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders.  He is also a professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Photo: Dr. Reid Wilson, PhD. - 

Dr. Wilson has written an excellent self-help book on dealing with your anxiety and getting more calmness into your life.  It should be, in my opinion, an international #1 best seller.

The author begins by discussing anxiety, and anxiety triggers.  He then separates them into 2 categories: genuine concerns, and noise.

Genuine concerns require that you make corrective actions for your own safety.  Noise refers to the things you worry about for no real threatening reason.  It is the constant noise than can ruin your quality of life.

In the book, he personifies Anxiety into an enemy.  Anxiety becomes a personal foe that you then learn how to outwit and trick.  He explains what Anxiety needs to thrive, and what you can do to minimze it.  You learn how to stop feeding Anxiety, and how to deal with Anxiety head-on.

He uses many examples throughout the book including actual excerpts from client sessions facing major anxiety issues.  One client has OCD.  Another client has fears of suffocating, planes, and parking garages.

His use of client examples really humanizes the anxiety experience and effectively highlights how with the use of his techniques, these clients regained their quality of life.

I really like the fact that he stresses the need for the patient to be actively involved in dealing with their anxiety disorder.  It is empowering.  He goes so far as to suggest this is the first line of defense — not medication.  He helps you tackle your anxiety-avoidant behaviours head on to disempower your foe of anxiety.

It really is a powerful book.  And if you suffer from anxiety, or any type of anxiety disorder, I highly recommend that you read and study this book.  Learn the techniques he talks about and then put them to work for you and get your life back!

Thomas Detert is a mental health blogger and advocate.  He is the founder of Defying Depression: an online self-help movement that encourages those suffering with anxiety and depression to learn how they can help themselves. 

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