If you have anxiety, your fears and worries can keep you from feeling confident and independent. Teen milestones such as making friends, dating, getting good grades, or taking on more mature responsibilities, may seem much more difficult. And if you're like countless other anxious teens, you may even avoid situations that cause you anxiety altogether-leaving you stuck in a cycle of worry and avoidance. So, how can you take control of your anxiety before it takes control of you? Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this book helps you identify your "monkey mind"-the primitive part of the brain where anxious thoughts arise. You'll also be able to determine if you suffer from generalized anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, panic and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), or separation anxiety. Full of powerful yet simple cartoon illustrations, this book will teach you practical strategies for handling even the toughest situations that previously caused you to feel anxious or worried. If you're ready to feel more independent, more confident, and be your best, this unique book will show you how.
This is the first self-help book I ve ever read where the narrator doesn t over-romanticize the possibilities to get better soon. What a relief! In a calm, orderly manner, author Jennifer Shannon characterizes and gives specific instructions for different kinds of anxiety: shyness and social anxiety, panic and agoraphobia, specific phobias, generalized anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The tone is just so warm and pleasant, and every teen who suffers from anxiety but doesn t know what kind yet can easily recognize him or herself in the detailed and often funny examples, without being scared to death. It s the best introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that I ve ever seen, and it s amazing that it s written specifically for teens, because they need it so much. I wish it had existed for little teenage me. Peter Henrichsen, editor at Youth Culture Denmark"
Jennifer Shannon, LMFT, is the author of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens and clinical director and cofounder of the Santa Rosa Center for Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, in Santa Rosa, CA. She is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Shannon resides in Santa Rosa, CA.