My anxious mind

My Anxious Mind: A teens guide to managing anxiety and panic (secondary age)

Quick Overview

This book is for adolescents who find that their anxiety, shyness or worrying thoughts are getting in the way of them making friends, asking for help, or doing the things they want to do. Teens are guided through recognising their anxiety, accessing help and support, as well as being provided with tools and exercises which may help them manage anxiety with a wellness plan. While this book specifies a target audience age of 12 to 18, the nature of some topics (a young person’s anxiety, triggers, coping mechanisms) means it may be more suitable to be read with a trusted adult or mental health professional for those aged 12 to 15. For older teens reading this book alone, it would be useful for them to be engaged with a mentor so they have support to work through issues that are brought up for them.

 

This book provides a myriad of strategies and resources for a teen to work through and implement in their daily life. It is readable with a good mix of narrative with exercises and illustrations. It would likely be most effective for teens with good literacy levels who are motivated and also have support from a trusted adult or appropriate clinician. However, the tone of this book conveys that if they work hard enough they can manage their anxiety which could be damaging for some teens – recognising that anxiety occurs in the context of a teen’s whole life and there are things that they cannot control.

Health Professional Review

Health Professional Reviewer: Tamsyn Sutherland/Jo McKenzie

Book Title: My Anxious Mind: A Teens Guide to managing Anxiety and Panic

Author: Michael A Tompkins and Katherine Martinez

Publication Date: 2010

Problem Addressed: Anxiety, Panic and shyness in adolescence

Suitable for: Adolescents who are finding that their anxiety, shyness or worrying thoughts are getting in the way of making friends, asking for help, or doing the things they want to do

Book Summary:

My Anxious Mind guides a teenager through recognising their anxiety, accessing help and support as well as providing tools and exercises which may help them manage their anxiety with a wellness plan.

The book specifies that its target audience is ages 12-18.  Due to the nature of the topics around a young person’s anxiety, triggers and coping mechanisms, the book would be more suitable to be read with a trusted adult or mental health professional for those aged 12-15 or alone aged 16-18 if they are engaged with a mentor so that they have support to work through what is brought up for them.

Strengths and Weakness:

The book provides a myriad of strategies and resources for a young person to work through and implement in their daily lives.  It is readable with a good mix of narrative with exercises and illustrations. The tone of the book is very much if you work hard enough you can manage your anxiety which could be damaging for some young people, recognising that anxiety occurs in the context of a young person’s whole life and there are things they cannot control.

Recommendations:

This book would be effective for young people with good literacy levels who are motivated and also have support form a clinician or trusted adult.

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