The 2010 book Stop Worrying. Get Your Life Back on Track with CBT by Ad Kerkhof was reviewed in a recent issue of Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. According to the review, worrying is a widespread source of stress of everyday life in developed countries. Worry can disturb sleep and, through ongoing vegetative and endocrine arousal, contributes to various emotional disorders. Worrying is a basic process of depression and may thereby lead to suicide. This phenomenon surely motivated Ad Kerkhof and his coworkers to devise a new program to combat worrying on a do-it-yourself basis. The program outlined consists of a 4-week series of exercises detecting, identifying, monitoring, and counteracting the process of worrying, using clear guidelines and a simple manual to document feelings experienced daily as well as measures to be employed in order to get rid of—or at least to modify—cognitive elements of anxiety.
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