Anxiety UK Book Review: Overcoming Worry

Back November 24th, 2017

As part of Anxiety UK’s Black Friday Sale we are offering 10% off selected AUK products!

Yasmin, one of our AUK participation group volunteers tells you why “Overcoming Worry and GAD” by Mark Freeston and Kevin Meares should be your next purchase!


How did you come to find Anxiety UK’s resources ?

Following a trauma car accident in early 2016, I have been suffering with generalised anxiety disorder. I worry excessively about everything on a daily basis and have been trying to find ways to reduce (and hopefully eliminate) the worry altogether, similar to the thousands of others of people who also suffer.

I feel exhausted most days from both the mental and physical symptoms of anxiety. I struggle to manage the emotions that arise from my anxiety and find myself frequently trying to escape situations ‘the flight response’. There have been many occasions where I have left events and unfortunately missed out on days out with friends and family due to anxiety disorder. Anybody who can relate will know how difficult it is trying to tell somebody you have to leave and how ‘out of the blue’ you just don’t feel well anymore because your worry has ran away with itself. I decided to read books about anxiety initially as the waiting list for counselling was over 6 months and I decided I needed to find ways to cope during the meantime.


What makes this book different?

From my experience with anxiety books, I have found that there are books aimed for the younger generation, which include pictures and use monkeys to demonstrate the ‘monkey-mind’ but give true to life experiences or books which include so much jargon they surely must be aimed for university students/professors. I struggle to find books which fit in the middle, a book that I can relate to with my own experiences but also a book where I can understand the logic behind the methods suggested to try to overcome anxiety.

This book does just that, there are examples used throughout the book that you may be able to relate to, and at the end of each chapter you get the chance to reflect on your own personal experiences – it even gives you space to write things down which you will turn back to at various chapters and reflect upon.


What did you think overall?

The book was informative, but not so much so that you lose interest in the jargon and techniques used throughout. Anyone in a similar position to me may find that they search the internet, reading other people’s stories and try to find what helped them cope and then try and copy. With this book you are encouraged to find what works for you. This book acknowledges that not every worry can be dealt with in the same way and encourages you to try different techniques and find your own solutions.The only negative I could think of is that this book wouldn’t be suited to someone who wants a quick read, this book is so engaging and requires you to practice different techniques.

This book would also be good to share with relatives and friends who may not necessarily understand the thought process we have when feeling anxious. There are smaller breakdowns of processes which anyone can cast their eye over and get an understanding of how an anxious mind works, without the jargon. There are also more detailed diagrams of the processes which go in to more detail towards the back of the book should you wish to read further in to a chapter.


What was your favourite thing about reading Overcoming Worry and Gad?

For me, my favourite part of the book was the reflection between chapters. I think anyone who reads this book who suffers with anxiety will be amazed at how their thoughts change when they read the next chapter and come to reflect on the chapter before. It really gives you a boost to see your thought process changing and I think that with time this book will be a huge help towards overcoming worry.


Final review?

I would give this book 5 stars and would definitely recommend this book to others experiencing similar conditions! Pick up your copy with 10% off today! 


Yasmin is 24 years old and lives and works as an accountant in Devon. She has lived with anxiety for almost 2 years now. Her hobbies include going to the theatre, dance and more recently doing up her first house! As a member of the AUK participation group, she loves taking part in charitable events and want to raise more awareness about mental health issues.


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