Teenagers often struggle with stress and this practical, illustrated manual is written for teenage readers. It's about using talents to tame rogue worries. Readers learn to develop a game plan to manage these anxieties. By learning to understand the nature of anxiety problems, (including panic anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and social phobia), teens begin to see that the worry cycle gets more intense and reactive with practice. However, instead of imagining catastrophes, they can use their mental energy to focus on positive situations and events and work to bring these into effect in their lives.
Worry Taming For Teens encourages cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques in order to change thinking patterns and behaviours, thereby managing anxiety. An entire chapter is devoted to different tools that can be used to trap, confront and challenge worries. Advanced tools for confronting and challenging worries are compiled in later chapters where readers learn to listen to their self-talk, learn about the triggers for worry, and learn to change the way they talk to themselves. The final chapter, while reminding teens that medications alone won't resolve anxiety problems, contains helpful descriptions of commonly prescribed anxiety medications, advice about how to monitor for side-effects, and how to discuss medications with a doctor.
The Worry Taming series was developed by E. Jane Garland, MD, FRCP(C) and Sandra Clark, PhD, of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver. The fun black and white illustrations are by Vicky Earle.
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