Can you spare 30 minutes to feel less anxious?

Go ahead. Think about how your life would be different if you were less anxious. What would change? Would you try out for the basketball team? Ask someone out on a date? Would you sleep better and feel less tense? Would you feel calmer and happier?

My Anxious Mind outlines a simple and proven plan to help you understand and deal with your anxiety and panic. It is chock full of simple-to-use tools and strategies that easily fit into any teen's busy routine.

About the Authors

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, a founding partner of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy; Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley; and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He specializes in cognitive–behavior therapy for anxiety and mood disorders in adults, adolescents, and children.

Dr. Tompkins is the author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters on cognitive–behavior therapy and related topics, including the book, Using Homework in Psychotherapy: Strategies, Guidelines, and Forms, and an American Psychological Association book and videotape series (with Jacqueline B. Persons and Joan Davidson) Essential Components of Cognitive–Behavior Therapy for Depression. Currently, he is at work on a book titled, Cognitive–Behavior Therapy for Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder in Youth: A Step-by-Step Guide to be published by the American Psychological Association.

He lives in Oakland, California with his wife and two daughters.

Katherine Martinez, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist and partner at the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. She specializes in cognitive–behavioral assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety, mood, and attention deficit disorders.

Dr. Martinez provides parent effectiveness training to parents and caretakers, and conducts workshops and trainings on cognitive–behavior therapy for youth at the University of California, Berkeley Extension and Children's Hospital and Research Center of Oakland.

She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and son.

About the Illustrator

Michael Sloan spent several years working as a printmaker in Europe before moving to New York City. His illustrations first appeared on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, where he remains a frequent contributor to the Letters column. He has created illustrations for many clients including Fortune, The Village Voice, The New Yorker, Barnes & Noble, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Michael is also the author of the Professor Nimbus books and comics. His second graphic novel, The Heresy of Professor Nimbus, was awarded a silver medal in the sequential category of the Society of Illustrators 49th Annual Exhibition.

Reviews & Awards
  • ABCT Self Help Book Seal of Merit Award

According to the authors, one in 20 teens in the U.S. suffers from extreme anxiety. If you know one, you could do a lot worse than handing over this reassuring manual. Short enough to read in a couple sittings and imbued with an optimistic tone that rarely talks down, the book lays out common kinds of anxiety and triggers, describes breathing and relaxation techniques to stave off an coast through nervous episodes, and offers up various logs to fill out as the sufferer begins to make progress.

[My Anxious Mind] belongs in every middle and high school library and teen resource collection.
School Library Journal

My Anxious Mind is a terrific book! It contains easy-to-understand information and practical, straightforward steps anyone can take to reduce undue anxiety. It's a must read for anxious teens and their parents, and teachers but will be helpful to individuals of any age who have an "anxious mind."
—Judith S. Beck, PhD
Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research; Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Past President, Academy of Cognitive Therapy

This wonderful book is a must buy for adolescents and their families with severe anxiety. Its two voices—the recently affected adolescent and the experienced clinician—offer invaluable insights into the potentially devastating effects of untreated anxiety while describing in detail proven strategies for taking charge of fears and obsessions.
—Glen R. Elliott, PhD, MD
Chief Psychiatrist and Medical Director, The Children's Health Council, Palo Alto, CA; Author of Medicating Young Minds: How to Know If Psychiatric Drugs Will Help or Hurt Your Child

The strategies discussed in My Anxious Mind are firmly grounded in the latest research on treating anxiety. At the same time, the book is highly accessible, engaging, and easy to follow. I highly recommend My Anxious Mind to any teen who struggles with high levels of anxiety. Their parents should read it, too!
—Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto; Author of The Anti-Anxiety Workbook

Up to one in five teens suffer from a significant anxiety disorder while countless others experience milder fears and worries. Tompkins and Martinez offer a step-by-step guide to anxiety management written specifically for adolescents. Along with proven techniques for dealing with anxious thoughts, physical symptoms of anxiety, and avoidance behaviors, this valuable book also addresses the important areas of sleep, nutrition, and exercise.
—John Piacentini, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; Director, Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA

My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic is a marvelous book for teens who feel anxious or shy sometimes or find that anxiety or shyness is becoming too frequent and too painful. If anxiety is interfering with teens making friends, doing what they want to, asserting themselves, or asking for help, this is the book for them. Tompkins and Martinez have written this guide with precision and clarity, while communicating warmth to their young readers and a real understanding of the challenges of the teen-age years. How great it will be to have a personal guide for handling adolescent worries and thoughts about what look like impending social disasters; and for solving the inevitable interpersonal problems and challenges of dealing with those teens love, like, can't stand, and learn to like. Teens can all learn from these authors' experience and wisdom.
—Lynne Henderson, PhD
Director, The Shyness Institute, Palo Alto, California; Author of The Social Fitness Training Manuals