how to stop worrying

How to Stop Worrying

Quick Overview

Worry is a natural warning system. It's your brain's way of warning that something is wrong and needs to be dealt with. But sometimes things get out of hand, and worrying starts to spoil your enjoyment of life and even to affect your health. In this easy-to-read manual, Dr Frank Tallis explains how to understand your fears, and how to control your worry and make it work for you in a positive way. Topics include: Defining worry and its mechanism; Preparing to solve your problems – skills to practice; How to solve your problems – brainstorming, making decisions; Problem-solving in action – did it work? Coping with setbacks; When the worry won't stop – coping successfully with unavoidable problems.

Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Karen Gardner Youth Clinical Specialist Brief Intervention Service. Reviewed February 2014.

Book Title: How to Stop Worrying

Author(s): Sheldon Press, Clinical psychologist from London.

Date published: 1990 reissued 2009

Suitable for: People with average/good reading ability who want to learn problem solving strategies for managing worries.

Problems addressed: Worry/Anxiety

Book Summary: 

This is a self help guide to understanding worry, how worry works (helpful/unhelpful), and ways of managing worries using problem solving and decision making skills.

The focus of the book is problem solving and also cognitive behaviour techniques of challenging negative thought patterns (e.g. black and white thinking, catastrophising).

It explains the psychological aspects of worry and explains reasons for using different techniques to manage worry.

It gives several examples of situations throughout the book to illustrate points and clarify concepts being explained.


  • The book is reasonably easy to read with concepts well explained with examples.
  • It gives practical steps and examples for implementing the strategies it suggests.
  • It has a chapter on setbacks and how to manage these and the negative thinking that goes with it.


  • It has a definite psychology focus which may be beyond some peoples understanding.
  • It would require motivation to apply the strategies independently and would probably work best if used alongside some support to implement the strategies.


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