Anxiety Workbook

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What is the theory behind this Anxiety Workbook?

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), anxiety refers to “excessive worry or fear and apprehensive expectations, about a number of events or activities, such as work or school performance.” The thoughts and behavioral response regarding the fear is exaggerated, irrational and unrealistic. People with anxiety face a lot of problems in focusing on daily life tasks. Some of the physical symptoms of anxiety for eg. rapid heartbeat, problems with the digestive system, nausea or dizziness etc. make it difficult for them to gather enough physical strength to fulfill the responsibilities of their lives. This further leads to dissatisfaction in jobs, interpersonal relationships and other important areas of life. Psychotherapy aims to help in reducing anxiety related symptoms in individuals going through it.

How will the workbook help?    

This workbook will help the clients with anxiety related symptoms in having insight into their body’s signals of anxiety and how to manage them through various activities. It is designed to target the symptoms with behavioral interventions at first and then the thought process, so that the client can witness immediate improvement. The clients will also be able to keep track of exercises and activities on a daily basis. Performing each activity regularly will make the recovery process faster. 

How to use this workbook?

To use this workbook, the clients are required to follow the activities in sequence. In section A, focus on the physical symptoms you experience while having anxiety and mark them from the provided list. Then thoroughly read and perform two relation exercises from section B. Section C allows the clients to find appropriate exercise that is suitable for their age and routine. Next, find evidence of your negative thoughts and form alternative positive ones in section D. Eventually, the clients are required to keep a weekly log of all the activities and make sure that they perform all of them regularly.  

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