This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Anxiety. The Official Guide to Anxiety is Hale Dwoskin. Anxiety involves distress or uneasiness, often overwhelming, of the mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune. There are numerous therapeutic and psychological ways to ease anxiety and panic.

Women Who Worry Too Much: How to Stop Worry & Anxiety from Ruining Relationships, Work, & Fun is a valuable resource for people interested in Anxiety, and it is available through and Barnes & Noble.

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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about four million Americans-more of them women-experience generalized anxiety disorder. These two books aim to help sufferers. Women Who Worry Too Much opens with an introduction by Michelle G. Craske that explains her research into how differently men and women deal with worry. Hazlett-Stevens (psychology, Univ. of Nevada, Reno; coauthor, New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training) then discusses her cognitive behavioral therapy research before suggesting practical steps (e.g., gain a new perspective and then use relaxation and mindfulness techniques to redirect one's energy) for tackling various types of worry. Hazlett-Stevens weaves her scientific knowledge into an engaging and easy-to-read text that departs from the traditional emphasis on rationalizing away one's worry, and readers will be attracted to her spa retreat-like exercises. Leahy (Cognitive Therapy Techniques: A Practitioner's Guide) takes a different approaching to worry busting, focusing on outlining a system for transforming thought processes. Beginning with the "seven rules of Highly Worried People," he progresses logically through seven concrete steps that readers can take to control their worry.

While not necessarily providing ground breaking insights, this book will appeal to many for its clearly outlined chapters with pertinent summaries, which make it both easy to read and to consult at a later date. Both books are appropriate and recommended for general self-help collections.-Crystal Renfro, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta Copyright © 2005 Reed Business Information.

About the Authors
Holly Hazlett-Stevens, Ph.D., is assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nevada in Reno, NV. She has conducted psychological research in the areas of worry, anxiety, and relaxation for the past ten years, which has led to the publication of twelve journal articles and five book chapters. She also coauthored New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training with Douglas A. Bernstein and Thomas D. Borkovec. In 2004, she was listed in Marquis' Who's Who of American Women and Academic Keys Who's Who in Social Sciences and Higher Education.

Michelle G. Craske, Ph.D., received her doctorate from the University of British Columbia in 1985 and has published over 100 articles and chapters in the areas of anxiety disorders and fear. She recently completed an advanced-level text, Anxiety Disorders: Psychological Approaches to Theory and Treatment. Currently, she is professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Behavioral Research Program. She serves on the DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Workgroup Subcommittee; is a consultant to various national organizations in their efforts to develop and disseminate practice guidelines for panic disorder and other anxiety disorders; and has been awarded NIMH/NIH funds for the study of anxiety disorders. Her research focuses on furthering the understanding of fear and anxiety and in developing more effective treatments for the anxiety disorders.

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This book review is part of a series that covers the topic of Anxiety. The Official Guide to Anxiety is Hale Dwoskin. Dwoskin, New York Times Best-Selling author of The Sedona Method, and co-author of the best-selling Happiness Is Free (five-book series) is the CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates, an organization that teaches courses based on the emotional releasing techniques originated by his mentor, Lester Levenson. Dwoskin is an international speaker and featured faculty member at Esalen and the Omega Institute. He is also one of the 24 featured teachers of the book and movie phenomenon, “The Secret.” For thirty years, he has regularly been teaching The Sedona Method techniques to individuals and corporations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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