Lisa Coyne, Sarah Cassidy

Tired of Teen Anxiety: A Young Person’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Life (and Becoming Your Best Self)


A step-by-step, visually engaging guide that draws on proven psychological science to give teenagers the tools and confidence to deal with long-term struggles with anxiety.


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Tired of  Teen Anxiety is a step-by step guide for teenagers on how to do the things that matter to them despite anxiety. The guide is based on principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and uses evidence-based clinical techniques and describes them in accessible ways. It gives teenagers a toolkit to work through anxiety over the long term. By acknowledging that difficult thoughts and feelings are a normal part of being human, rather than something to try to squash, the authors normalise the everyday struggles of anxious young people so that teens can learn positive ways of dealing with anxiety and get on with living their best lives!


LISA COYNE is the Founder and Senior Clinical Consultant of the McLean OCD Institute for Children and Adolescents at McLean Hospital, Massachusetts, and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the New England Center for OCD and Anxiety, a Past President of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and the author of several books.

SARAH CASSIDY is an educational, child and adolescent psychologist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of learning and emotional/behavioural difficulties. She is the Founder and Director of the Smithsfield Clinic, a private practice for young people and their families using largely ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and RFT (Relational Frame Theory) treatment methods. She lectures in Psychology at Maynooth University and trains ACT therapists throughout Ireland.


Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd

Publication Date: End of October 2023

Pages: 160

ISBN: 9781803882758


Table of Contents
Introduction – Let’s talk
1. Getting to know your anxiety
2. Our brains as threat detectors
3. More on mindfulness
4. Control and avoidance
5. Values and what you care about
6. Building a better compass
7. Letting go of the fight with anxiety
8. Getting to know your travelling companion
9. Taming the voice of your travelling companion
10. Your thoughts do not define you
11. Breaking out of the anxiety cage
12. Saying yes and meaning it
13. Nobody’s perfect – practising self-kindness


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