My anxious mind A teen's guide to managing anxiety and panic

Michael A. Tompkins

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Published
Washington, DC : Magination Press/American Psychological Association c2009.
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 196 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781433804502
1433804506
Main Author
Michael A. Tompkins (-)
Other Authors
Katherine A. Martinez (-), Michael Sloan
  • When anxiety is a problem
  • Who, and how to ask for help
  • Breathing and relaxation
  • Thinking smart
  • Facing fears one step at a time
  • Floating with panic attacks
  • Family, friend, and school stress
  • Nutrition, exercise, and sleep
  • Straight talk about medications
  • Hope, heart and heads-up.
Review by Booklist Reviews

According to the authors, one in 20 teens in the U.S. suffers from extreme anxiety. If you know one, you could do a lot worse than handing over this reassuring manual. Short enough to read in a couple sittings and embued with an optimistic tone that rarely talks down, the book lays out common kinds of anxiety and triggers, describes breathing and relaxation techniques to stave off and coast through nervous episodes, and offers up various logs to fill out as the sufferer begins to make progress. As is to be expected, some suggestions feel ingenious (the "Time Machine" method of "de-catastrophizing" an apparent disaster), while others feel overly complicated (tools with such acronyms as ABCDE and ICAAN—although it's true that even the most convoluted of routines can be comforting). In a departure from similar adult titles, the authors stress the importance of finding a supportive helper, and the conversational language, including analogies to everything from LeBron James to MP3 playlists, creates an aura of familiarity. The cool cover doesn't hurt, either. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8–10—Tompkins and Martinez directly address their readers: "If you have an anxious mind…," giving teens the sense of a caring adult speaking to them. While many self-help books can be read in any order, this one is progressive and should be read in sequence. Following the first chapters on definitions and how to seek help, there are several chapters with increasingly more complicated aids that teens can implement. Beginning with relaxing and moving through decoding "self-talk" to building a fear ladder, each step is slightly more complex and takes a more serious approach. The final chapters stress the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep, and the possible need for medication. Throughout the book, first-person vignettes describe specific anxieties or phobias and how they were dealt with using the strategies outlined in the middle chapters. It is not clear if these are real teens who have written these vignettes or if the examples given are composites of teens the authors have worked with. In either case, they serve the purpose, along with the appealing line drawings, of catching readers' interest and enlivening the text.—Wendy Smith-D'Arezzo, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD [Page 136]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

My Anxious Mind helps teens take control of their anxious feelings by providing cognitive behavioral strategies to tackle anxiety head-on.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

ABCT Self Help Book Seal of Merit AwardCan you spare 30 minutes to feel less anxious?Go ahead. Think about how your life would be different if you were less anxious. What would change? Would you try out for the basketball team? Ask someone out on a date? Would you sleep better and feel less tense? Would you feel calmer and happier?My Anxious Mind helps teens take control of their anxious feelings by providing cognitive behavioral strategies to tackle anxiety head-on and to feel more confident and empowered in the process. It also offers ways for teens with anxiety to improve their inter-personal skills, manage stress; handle panic attacks; use diet and exercise appropriately; and decide whether medication is right for them.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Discusses common anxieties and outlines several tools and techniques for dealing with phobias, anxieties, and panic attacks.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Written for teens who are experiencing anxiety and panic attacks, this guide provides simple strategies and tools that can reduce these feelings and behaviors in roughly 30 minutes. Tompkins and Martinez are both licensed psychologists and practitioners at a San Francisco center for cognitive therapy, and they provide concise and effective tips that include breathing and relaxation exercises, nutrition, sleep, exercise and facing fears "one step at a time." Additional chapters deal with knowing when to ask for help, and when medication may be a viable option for dealing with these stressful situations. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)