Anxiety Disorders

​Humans, like many animals, possess a fine-tuned sense of danger. In truly hazardous situations, our awareness of threats is highly beneficial—but in 21st-century society it can become a constant state of mind, severely limiting a person’s ability to function. This program takes a comprehensive look at anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety; panic attacks; PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder; obsessive-compulsive disorders; and phobias. Causes, symptoms, and treatments are all examined. Along with case studies highlighting the personal experiences of anxiety disorder patients, helpful visual illustrations and input from leading experts round out this much-needed examination. Viewable/printable educational materials are available online.


Publisher: Cambridge Educational, 2011
Format: DVD, 22 minutes

Anxiety, Phobias, and Panic
A Step-by-Step Program for Regaining Control of Your Life

In this classic guide--newly revised and updated--expert Reneau Peurifoy shows readers how to understand and overcome all types of anxiety-related disorders. Anxiety is an unpleasant, though mostly unavoidable, aspect of modern life--but for many, normal anxiety can become something far more serious and debilitating. Now, in this updated and revised edition of ANXIETY, PHOBIAS, PANIC, readers will learn how their condition developed and how to overcome their anxiety-related problems.

Areas covered include:  
  • Uncovering the causes of anxiety 
  • Building stress tolerance 
  • Identifying and correcting harmful modes of thinking
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Tools for managing anxiety
  • and much more.

Plus, this revised edition includes new discoveries about the brain, new information about OCD and social phobias, and a section on relapse prevention.

Author: Reneau Z Peurifoy, MA, MFT
Publisher: Warner Books, 2005
Format: Book, paperback, 361 pages

Freeing Your Child From Anxiety

Anxiety is the number one mental health problem facing young people today.

Childhood should be a happy and carefree time, yet more and more children today are exhibiting symptoms of anxiety, from bedwetting and clinginess to frequent stomach aches, nightmares, and even refusing to go to school. Parents everywhere want to know: All children have fears, but how much is normal? How can you know when a stress has crossed over into a full-blown anxiety disorder? Most parents don’t know how to recognize when there is a real problem and how to deal with it when there is.

In Freeing Your Child From Anxiety, a childhood anxiety disorder specialist examines all manifestations of childhood fears, including social anxiety, Tourette’s Syndrome, hair-pulling, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and guides you through a proven program to help your child back to emotional safety.


Author: Tamar E. Chansky, PhD
Publisher: Three Rivers Press, 2004
Format: Book, paperback, 308 pages​

Panic Attacks
Anxiety-Related Disorders: The Worried Well

This program shows panic attacks as a symptom of other stress-related conditions—specific phobias, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorders—and also as a separate condition. A housewife and businessman tell how panic attacks placed limitations on their daily lives and how they finally sought help and relief. A specialist in behavioral psychotherapy provides professional advice on how to identify panic attacks and what treatments are available.

Produced by: Films for the Humanities, 1996
Format: VHS, 15 minutes, color
Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less
A certain degree of worry is normal. It serves as self-protection. However, when worry gets out of control and causes a child to become overly fearful, anxious, and stressed, parents must find ways to help their child cope. This book provides a seven-step program that parents can use to help their child worry less. Start by understanding why children worry, recognize if your child needs help with excessive worry, learn how to create a worry-less plan to help your child, teach your child effective strategies to reduce worry, and build your child's self-esteem and confidence so he or she can become more resilient.

Authors: Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., Kristy Hagar, Ph.D., and Robert Brooks, Ph.D.
Publisher: Specialty Press, Inc., 2002
Format: Book, paperback, 108 pages
Social Skills Comics: Handling Anxiety in School

Anxiety is a problem often associated with poor social skills. Kids may be afraid of speaking up in class, taking tests, or interacting with others in the classroom or playground. Characters in the comic strips are shown dealing with anxiety in a "Wrong Way" and then in a more appropriate way. Detailed photos prompt children to take a closer look at dialog, body language, and non-verbal cues in both scenarios. Children will learn that interacting in certain ways may help them feel less anxious in social situations.

Author: Michael Canavan with Lawrence E. Shapiro, PhD
Publisher: Childswork/ChildsPlay (, 2012
Format: Book, spiral bound paperback, 106 pages; CD to print out individual pages of the book; Ages 7 to 12.

The Biological Mind
Acutely Anxious

Acute anxiety, one of the most common psychiatric illnesses, makes everyday experiences like walking down the street or talking on the phone a source of potential terror. This program explains how and why this happens as it examines the physiology and psychology of anxiety, its symptoms, its highly maladaptive consequences, and treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Case studies involving panic disorders and social phobia are spotlighted.

Producer: Films for the Humanities, 2006
Format: DVD, 48 minutes
The Handbook for Helping Kids with Anxiety and Stress

Featuring Tips for Grown-ups Who Work with Kids, 34 Practical Strategies and Activities for The Kids Themselves

This book provides a collection of practical, easy-to-follow tips and activities to help kids with various types of fears, anxieties and phobias. The first section of the book includes insights, hints and suggestions for helping professionals and parents who are working to help kids learn to cope with their anxiety and stress. The second section is for kids themselves. It includes stories, activities and suggestions that can help kids face such fears as:
- Sleeping alone
- Monsters
- School Phobias
- Bullies
- The Dark
- Test Anxiety
- Germs/Sickness
- Terrorism

Author: Kim "Tip" Frank, EdS, LPC
Publisher: Youthlight, Inc., 2011
Format: Book, paperback, 84 pages​

Your Anxious Child
How Parents and Teachers Can Relieve Anxiety in Children
Katie freezes when she`s asked to perform. Jose is a clinger. Damian is terrified of animals. Felicia always worries that she`s going to make a mistake. It`s hard being the parent of an anxious child, watching your son`s frustration grow, or seeing how your daughter tries to cope with her fears but gives up so quickly. Filled with solid information, a proven four-step program, dozens of engaging activities, and insightful personal vignettes, Your Anxious Child gives you easy, fun, and highly effective tools to help your child become a creative problem solver. Parents and teachers alike will find excellent strategies in this essential guide.

Based on the Nationally Acclaimed COPE Program.

Authors: John S. Dacey Lisa B. Fiore
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2000
Format: Book, paperback, 216 pages
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