From the Editor: Can Books Cure your Anxiety?

Good Reading Magazine

A visit to any bookshop’s mind body spirit section will show you a plethora of books to help you with just about any problem you can think of. So much effort has been put into the creation of these books, but do they really help? How would we know?

Among the subjects you will find many books to help those of us with anxiety, written by a range of people – many highly credentialled and some not so qualified.

There are six main types of anxiety. The mental health organisation beyondblue, which helps people with depression, anxiety and related mental-health issues, names them as follows:

Generalised anxiety disorder makes those with it feel anxious on most days, worrying about many different things, for a period of six months or more.

Those with social phobia have an intense fear of being criticised, embarrassed or humiliated in everyday situations, such as speaking in…

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