I’m always on the lookout for great books for kids and teens. Recently, I’ve been investigating good books to help explain and conquer anxiety. I came across the new book Anxiety Sucks! A Teen Survival Guide by Natasha Daniels and loved it!
This is a great book for teens to help them understand the underlying causes of their anxiety and work on practical steps they can take to conquer it. Here are some of my highlights:
There are lots of types of anxiety - and you aren’t alone
One of the things that always strikes me when I work with my clients is the isolation they feel. They think no one else lives what they live on a daily basis. By giving vivid examples of several common types of anxiety, and using common situations that teens with anxiety experience, the reader feels like someone else gets it. They’re not the only one who is dealing with this.
It depersonalizes the anxiety
It’s so easy for teens to feel like there’s something wrong with them because they have anxiety. The author uses imagery of anxiety as a little dictator. This way of thinking about anxiety depersonalizes it, and makes it easier to talk about and tackle.
The author has first hand experience with anxiety
One of the things I love is that the author is honest about her own struggles. She really gets where teens are coming from, because she’s been there. And she’s tried things both as someone with anxiety and a trained professional, so she knows what will work.
It’s not going to be a quick, perfect fix
The author also acknowledges that it’s not always going to go perfectly when you’re trying to defeat anxiety. So many times, people think by starting to deal with anxiety that it’s going to be smooth sailing. It won’t be, but continuing to make small steps toward defeating anxiety is what’s most important.
I’ve already started recommending this book to my teen clients! Get it for yourself here.