Even though this post is devoted to anxiety books by people who have personal experience struggling with anxiety, I’d like to start off by saying that I’m not at all opposed to anxiety books by people who write them just out of professional interest.
I’ve read many such books and research papers and some of them have been helpful. When it comes to finding potential solutions for anxiety, I say the more the merrier.
With that being said, there are a few unique benefits to reading books for dealing with anxiety written by people who have personally been through something similar to what you have:
1. It can give you hope and inspiration
Reading about someone going through what you have will at the very least make you feel less alone in your struggle. And even better, hearing about someone overcoming that struggle can give you hope that it’s possible and inspire you to keep trudging along even when it’s hard.
2. Sometimes you can get more practical advice
Scientific research papers published in medical journals are great and necessary. But sometimes what you really need are tips about how to actually implement those scientific findings in your day-to-day life. And one way to get those tips is by listening to people who already did it themselves.
3. There is benefit to learning from people who have the results you want
This isn’t just limited to anxiety, but something I have found to be true in other areas of life as well. If you want a specific result, then pay attention to those people who have already achieved that result. Wanna be a self-made millionaire? Find out how other millionaires made their money. Wanna maintain a healthy weight? Find out how other people are able to maintain a healthy weight. Wanna overcome anxiety? Find out how other people have been able to overcome it!
And that’s why I want to highlight a few anxiety books that are written by people who have actually struggled with anxiety. This is a pretty diverse collection with different forms and different severity levels of anxiety represented. So I hope you find something that sounds just right for you!
Anxiety Books By People Who Have Actually Struggled With Anxiety
#1 Conquer Your Anxiety eBook Bundle by Me
Let’s not delay the awkward self-promotion and just get it out of the way! 🙂
So I’m not a genius who came up with some never-before-heard-of anxiety remedy. I’m just a highly sensitive introvert who was stuck in the land of nearly-constant stress and anxiety for many years. I finally found calm by following a holistic approach that takes into account the multitude of potential causes of anxiety. I started using a whole bunch of stress and anxiety-squashing body and mind tools in my own life, and combined, they made a HUGE difference. And then I wrote an anxiety self help guide for others who want to do the same! Click below to find out more:
BEST FOR: Stressed out introverts and/or highly sensitive people who want a comprehensive action plan for going from Mostly-Anxious-Mode to Mostly-Calm-Mode.
#2 Anxiety Journal by Meagan at Okay Now Breathe
Meagan is the founder of Okay Now Breathe – a website where she writes about her experiences with generalized anxiety, social anxiety, relationship OCD, self-harm addiction, and depression. She is also the creator of an anxiety journal with daily writing prompts to help you cope with anxiety, discover irrational thought patterns, and incorporate self care into your daily routine. Click below to find out more:
BEST FOR: Those who want to incorporate guided journaling as part of their anxiety management routine.
#3 First, We Make The Beast Beautiful: A New Journey Through Anxiety by Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson is a journalist, author, and entrepreneur who has struggled with severe anxiety and other related issues since a young age. First, We Make The Beast Beautiful is an engaging mixture of relatable memoir, scientific findings, and anxiety management tips. Click below to find out more:
BEST FOR: Anxiety sufferers who want to feel less alone, learn about available treatment options, and mull over some new ways to think about their anxiety.
#4 My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel
Scott Stossel is the editor of the Atlantic Magazine as well as a widely published writer. He suffers from very severe anxiety, including various specific phobias. Along with descriptions of Stossel’s own struggles, My Age of Anxiety provides a detailed account of the history and science of anxiety to date. Click below to find out more:
BEST FOR: Anxiety sufferers who don’t mind dense reading and want to have an in-depth understanding of their affliction and the available treatment options.
#5 Love Yourself by Tami Walker
Tami Walker – a.k.a. The Inspiration Lady – writes about personal growth and wellness, including her own struggles with anxiety. Her book Love Yourself isn’t specifically about anxiety, but I wanted to include it here, because it does include relatable descriptions of her personal struggles, it’s super encouraging, and it does provide a road map for overcoming something that is at the root of many of our struggles with anxiety: lack of self love and low self confidence. Click below to find out more:
BEST FOR: Those who have low self worth at the root of their anxiety.
#6 Not Nice: Stop People Pleasing, Staying Silent, & Feeling Guilty… And Start Speaking Up, Saying No, Asking Boldly, And Unapologetically Being Yourself by Aziz Gazipura
Dr. Aziz struggled with low self confidence and social anxiety for many years before figuring out how to overcome his issues. He has since become a clinical psychologist and the founder of the Center for Social Confidence. Not Nice is a must-read for all anxious people pleasers who spend their days fretting over “what other people think”. Click below to find out more:
BEST FOR: Socially anxious people pleasers who want someone to talk them out of unhelpful thought patterns that are holding them back in life.
#7 How To Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic And Rise Above Social Anxiety by Ellen Hendriksen
Ellen Hendriksen is not only a clinical psychologist, but also a highly sensitive person who has struggled with social anxiety herself. In How To Be Yourself, she shares various techniques for overcoming social anxiety and she does it with the kind of compassion and understanding that only someone who has been there is capable of. Click below to find out more:
BEST FOR: Socially anxious people who want to apply the latest cognitive techniques to help themselves be more confident.
#8 Social Anxiety To Social Success by Kel at Anxious Lass
Kel is the founder of Anxious Lass – a blog about social anxiety and mental health in general. Kel’s social anxiety was so severe that it left her housebound for months at a time, but she overcame it by following the techniques outlined in her book Social Anxiety To Social Success. Click below to find out more:
BEST FOR: Social anxiety sufferers who want a simple step-by-step guide to dropping safety behaviors and completing exposure exercises.
Do you know of any good anxiety books I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂