Books for the anxious gal?
June 26, 2011 7:09 PM Subscribe
I'm an anxious gal who finds that reading books about anxiety, self-compassion, mindfulness and meditation really helps me set a plan for what to do and how to get better. But there are so many of these books, I don't know where to start. What books would you recommend?
posted by flibbertigibbet to grab bag (20 answers total) 97 users marked this as a favorite
I read past questions on this topic know that Burn's Feeling Good is recommended for people suffering with anxiety/depression, and Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong for anxiety. I'm liking Terribly, Horribly Wrong so far.
I read There is Nothing Wrong with You, which really helped, but was written in a style that is almost the polar opposite of what I like, to the point that acknowledging some of her points was difficult because the writing style was such a turn-off.
I prefer dry, or drily funny, writing, with or without scientific "proof." But if it does try to make scientific claims, I want them not to smell fishy because I will be searching for primary sources on academic databases faster than you can say "meta-analysis."
I'm a huge religion nerd, so I'm actually fine with religiously-oriented books from all traditions (Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Taoist, etc.) so long as they don't hinge on specific religious practices having meaning to me, or hinge on the faith itself.