Anxiety can be a rough struggle. Fortunately, there are a lot of references that can help one cope. The problem is, there are also times when it can cripple you to the point that it messes up your motivation to do anything, including reading.
That’s where audiobooks can help. They can ease the effort of poring through written material and even make the most boring of books more enjoyable.
We won’t feature any boring material though. We found some of the best self help audio books for anxiety and gave each a quick review with the most important pros and cons.
Ready to find the best anxiety audio book for yourself? Let’s get started!
Best Self Help Audio Books for Anxiety: A Review
As mentioned above, one of the reasons why some people prefer audiobooks over their written format is the experience that they provide. Audiobooks can be as entertaining as they are informative.
Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety is on an entirely different level of entertaining, though. It is quite unlike other self-help books you’ve already read or listened to.
Robert Duff is a practicing psychologist with his own private practice in Ojai, California. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and all the merits of other self-help authors out there (if not more). However, Duff is not your average therapist.
He has a more down-to-earth approach. His audiobook, for instance, makes it seem like you’re just talking to one of your friends一the witty one who enjoys making pop culture references and also swears a lot. Yes, this is definitely not your average self-help audiobook.
We appreciate how Duff tackled complex mental health topics in a more lighthearted manner. His conversational approach made them less intimidating and overwhelming. He also presented straightforward techniques on how to deal with anxiety attacks fast and more efficiently.
However, we acknowledge that this book is not for everyone. For instance, while relatively mild, his swearing can be a turn-off to some listeners, especially those who listen to audiobooks with younger children around.
- Witty and entertaining
- Has a conversational tone
- Provides simple, actionable steps
- Swearing and humor might be offensive to some listeners
2. Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport
There are times when even the best-meaning psychiatrists may seem a bit out of touch. That’s because a lot of them have never been on the other side before.
They only witness the problem and provide the solution. While there’s nothing wrong with that, we also know that some people prefer self-help experts who don’t hide behind their degrees.
This is what we believe to be the main strength of Declutter Your Mind. Both S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport are regular folks, like us, who struggled and worked hard until they succeeded in life. They simply decided to share the nuggets of wisdom that they learned in their journeys in the hopes of helping other people achieve their goals as well.
We like how Declutter Your Mind feels more like a guided program than just a textbook piece. It features exercises and actionable steps that you can start doing to change your life for the better.
Unlike the previous audiobook, though, this piece wasn’t narrated by its authors. Instead, you will hear the cool yet assertive voice of Greg Zarcone.
He is apparently a favorite among self-help authors. So if you enjoy listening to self-help audiobooks, then chances are, you’ve already heard his voice before.
Despite the Declutter Your Mind book’s quality, though, we understand why the authors’ lack of medical backgrounds may be a game-changer for some.
- Confident narration
- Exercises included
- Based on personal experiences
- Easy to relate to
- Not written by medical professionals
3. Free Your Mind: A Guide to Freedom from Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, and Intrusive Thoughts by Jamie Stevens
If the previous book was written by regular people who eventually became self-improvement experts out of their own efforts, our next featured book was authored by a former patient of anxiety and depression.
There is very limited information about Jamie Stevens online except for the fact that he authored the Free Your Mind book. He didn’t even seem to have written others.
Regardless, the Free Your Mind audiobook will share Stevens’ journey and the techniques he tried and tested during his mental health journey.
Dan Hankiewicz narrated this audiobook. He has a familiar and generic vibe to his voice, yet it matches Stevens’ content perfectly. Some people would probably find his tone quite monotonous, though.
As for the content, we found Stevens’ personal methods in reducing panic attacks very useful. We also appreciate how he also talked about more specific subjects, like agoraphobia. It’s something that you don’t encounter often in similar self-help references.
- Based on personal experiences
- Written by a former sufferer of anxiety
- Practical methods to reduce panic attacks shared
- Monotonous narrator
4. Panic Attacks! The Ultimate Practical Meditation Guide to Stop Worrying and Eliminate Negative Thinking by Steve Convey
Having panic attacks is one of the worst aspects of anxiety for us. They come suddenly as an overwhelming wave of emotion or a crippling sense of despair. While a lot of panic attacks happen due to certain triggers, there are instances when they seemingly pop out of nowhere as well.
Indeed, panic attacks can be challenging to deal with, so we were quite happy when this book came out. While it does talk about a wide variety of mental health topics, it still has a particular focus on panic attacks and how to respond to them.
Steve Convey dedicated his life to psychology. He is a psychoanalyst by profession and a member of the International Psychoanalytical Association. He is also on the board of directors of the World Association of Infant Mental Health.
Raymond Jericho narrated the Panic Attacks audiobook. He curiously sounds similar to Dan Hankiewicz, the narrator of the previously featured audiobook. Hence, our complaint stays the same.
We have enjoyed the content, though. It’s great for those who are particularly struggling to control panic attacks. We also like how the author talked about other related symptoms, such as negative thinking and procrastination.
- Written by a medical professional
- Focused on panic attacks and panic attack response
- Other related topics also included
- Monotonous narrator
5. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Master Your Brain and Emotions to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Negative Thoughts by Bill Andrews
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most popular forms of treatment used for depression, anxiety disorders, eating problems, and other related mental health issues. That’s because it works.
According to the American Psychological Association, numerous studies have already established the benefits of this approach. After all, it involves changing both the individual’s thinking and behavioral patterns. A big part of the method also involves training the person to be their own therapist.
Indeed, this is the main premise of this audiobook一to teach its listeners the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy.
There is not a lot of information available about the author, but he has written other books on mental health issues, including anger management and self-esteem improvement.
K. Michael Prince, the narrator of this audiobook, has a cool and assertive voice. One can liken him to a lawyer, confidently presenting his arguments in court. He is a great match for the audiobook that highlights important points and drives the crucial points home, especially to a worried, anxious listener.
On the other hand, the content felt like a guided program more than a reference material, which is good. Andrews presented actionable steps that listeners can follow to apply CBT to their lives and potentially improve their mental and emotional states.
- Confident narration
- Clear, actionable steps provided
- Based on a tried-and-tested approach
- Limited author information
We definitely recommend listening to any or all of the best self help audio books for anxiety we have shared above. Our personal favorite has got to be Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety by Robert Duff Ph.D., though.
It is fun and entertaining. Its tips are easy to follow. Most of all, Duff has the credentials to back up his words more than any of the other authors in the lineup.
Those who simply can’t get used to his humor can alternatively listen to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Master Your Brain and Emotions to Overcome Anxiety, Depression, and Negative Thoughts by Bill Andrews.
If you can overlook the fact that you don’t know anything about the author, including his credentials and life experiences, his work in audiobook is actually a powerful piece. It’s even made more efficient with the narrator’s excellent narration skills.
In the end, we recommend choosing the audiobook that appeals the most to you. Remember to go beyond just reading the blurb as well. Listen to a narration sample. It might not be immediately apparent, but the quality of the narration plays a crucial role in your listening experience and understanding.