The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Anxious and What You Can Do to Change It
I loved this book. It explained why my brain was causing certain symptoms and gave me practical tools to fight it. Was incredibly useful as I have solid control over my thought processes but was still struggling with physical symptoms.
Anxiety + Depression
There are a lot of connections between anxiety and depression. Sometimes the symptoms feed into each other and make you feel worse. This book was my favourite one and was extremely helpful.
Schema Therapy is a type of therapy that has proven to be really helpful to me as I recover. I didn’t need to talk about it that much with my psychologist – we didn’t even bother triggering ‘child modes.’ I found the model to be good for understanding certain types of behaviours and coping styles. I found these books to be really useful, but I tend to be able to understand complicated material better then a lot of people. It may be overwhelming, and it may be difficult to work through the information. I recommend reading Reinventing Your Life and then seeing a psychologist that is familiar with this type of therapy.
Reinventing Your Life: The Breakthrough Program to End Negative Behavior and Feel Great Again
This book, by Jeffrey E. Young, is an accessible overview of the concept of schema therapy. That sounds a bit… dull, but it’s actually very interesting. It talks through peoples core ‘schemas’, which can be interpreted as different perspectives on the world. People have different behaviours and coping styles according to what schema, or schemas, they belong to. I wasn’t fond of the inventory in this book – I much prefer the one my psych gave me – but it gives you a foundation. I would love to see this type of therapy incorporated into other styles as I felt it gave me my life back. However, I got a lot more out of the books targeted at psychologists.
Schema Therapy: The practitioners guide
I read this when I first started schema therapy. It was really useful, even if it was targeted towards health professionals. I was able to approach my pysch with my own comments and observations and we were able to work together a lot quicker.
Schema Therapy: Distinctive Features (CBT Distinctive Features)
Again, this was really useful. It helped me figure stuff out – to the point where my knowledge of schema therapy surpassed that of my pysch. Reading both of these books really helped me get over issues I’d been struggling with for years.