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The Canadian Psychological Association has created several fact sheets in their "Psychology Works" series related to COVID-19:

Coping with and Preventing COVID-19

Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus

Working from Home During COVID, With and Without Children

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Anxiety and Panic

Suggested readings about Anxiety and Panic. Return to main Reading List page.

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (3rd Ed). (2010) by Bruce M. Hyman & Cherry Pedrick. Oakland: New Harbinger.

Written with exceptional insight into OCD and solid understanding of scientific evidence on its treatment, this book guides the reader in setting up and following a personal intervention strategy. Possibly the least understood form of OCD is what is called "pure obsessions" or "primarily obsessional OCD" and this workbook has a whole chapter on this topic. There is also a chapter on helping family members understand how to support the person who has OCD.

The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety. (2008) by John P. Forsyth and Georg H. Eifert. Oakland: New Harbinger.

Based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this book guides the reader in recognizing that efforts to control anxiety are not the solution but are a big part of the problem. The solution involves developing acceptance skills, freeing yourself from thinking traps, and taking action towards valued life goals. In recent years Psychologists have been studying and applying acceptance and awareness concepts referred to as mindfulness. These have been developed in part from Buddhist practices but can be applied within a Christian, secular, or other belief system.

 

Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic III. (2000) by Michelle Craske and David Barlow. Albany, NY: Graywind Publications.

This is a very solid cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) workbook on mastering anxiety written by some of the leading experts in the field.

 

Don't Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks. (1996) by R. Wilson. New York: Harper Collins.

There are two main types of panic attacks, those that seem to come out of the blue (e.g. when you're at the mall, in church, or driving your car) and those that come from obvious triggers (e.g. snakes, spiders, public speaking). This is a scientifically based cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) guide on conquering the out-of-the-blue type of panic. It is useful for people suffering from panic and for their families.

 

Coping with OCD: Practical Strategies for Living Well with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. (2008) by B. M. Hyman and T. Dufrene. Oakland: New Harbinger.

This book takes a complicated topic and makes it understandable. The author explains OCD and describes the steps that can lead to recovery. This introductory book is a great starting point and is useful for both patients and their families.