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Almost Anxious

Dr. Marques is excited to announce her first book,Almost Anxious: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Worry or Distress a Problem?, which is now available for purchase.

Almost Anxious has been recognized as a recommended self-help book by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

It is only human to worry about problems in our lives – but for some, obsessing for weeks and months, avoiding social events and situations due to feelings of panic can become a regular part of our lives. If any of these describe you or a loved one, then you or they may be almost anxious. Those of us who are almost anxious may never address the issue because we don’t fully meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder. In Almost Anxious, Dr. Marques describes the spectrum of almost anxiety symptoms, from normal situational anxiety on one end to a full-blown diagnosable anxiety disorder on the other. Drawing on case studies and the latest research, she gives you the tools to:

  • Assess whether your or a loved one’s worry is a problem
  • Gain insight on how to intervene with a loved one
  • Discover proven strategies to change unhealthy feelings of distress
  • Gauge the physical, psychological, and social impact of your anxiety symptoms
  • Determine when and how to get professional help when needed

Almost Anxious Resources

Are you almost anxious?

Have you been experiencing symptoms of anxiety? Take the GAD-7 – the short, empirically-supported quiz below – to determine if your anxiety falls in the “Almost Anxious” range:

Over the last 2 weeks, how often have you been bothered by the following problems? Not at
all sure
Over half
the days
every day
1.  Feeling nervous,anxious,or on edge  0 1 2 3
2.  Not being able to stop or control worrying  0 1 2 3
3.  Worrying too much about different things  0 1 2 3
4.  Trouble relaxing  0 1 2 3
5.  Being so restless that it's hard to sit still  0 1 2 3
6.  Becoming easily annoyed or irritable  0 1 2 3
7.  Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen  0 1 2 3
Add the score for each column + + +
Total Score (add your column scores)=
Check results



This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who has ever wondered if they are “a bit too anxious” and if there is anything they can do to feel more at peace. The text offers clear, scientifically-based information about adaptive levels of anxiety, anxiety disorders, and that “almost anxious” space in between. The use of diagrams, self-assessment tests, and self-help treatment forms guide the reader in a search to gain understanding of his or her symptoms, and the means to lessen their severity and impact. The best thing about this book, however, is Dr. Marques’ voice, energy, and engaging personality. You never feel as though you are stuck in an advanced psychology seminar. Rather, reading this book is like sitting with Dr. Marques in her beautiful office, overlooking the Boston skyline, and having a lovely, personal chat.

Risa B. Weisberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Research)
Brown University

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This is simply a great book. It brings together so much information about anxiety and worry, even if it is “just” almost, and it does so in a way that is easy to understand and apply to one’s own life. The techniques presented for coping with anxiety and worry are practical, pragmatic, easily applied, and likely to be very helpful. This is an important book for persons troubled by anxiety and worry.

Richard G. Heimberg, PhD
David Kipnis Distinguished Faculty Fellow
Professor and Director
Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple (AACT)
Department of Psychology
Temple University

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Whether you are almost anxious or suffer from a full-blown anxiety disorder, this book provides concrete and proven cognitive and behavioral strategies for effectively dealing with the debilitating problems of anxiety. Dr. Marques, an expert clinician, wrote a masterful book that provides the reader with the knowledge and skills to turn the scary anxiety monster into a harmless pet. It is a must-read for any consumer.

Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Boston University
and Author
An Introduction to Modern CBT (Wiley, 2012)

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One of the main goals of effective therapy for individuals with anxiety disorders is to “give away” as much of the treatment as possible – to have the patient themselves take over the role of therapist. In Almost Anxious, Dr Luana Marques, herself a master clinician and researcher, provides patients and their family members with critical insights and important tools that they can use to more effectively help themselves on the road to better health

Mark H. Pollack, M.D.
The Grainger Professor and
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
Rush University Medical Center

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Almost Anxious is an engaging, informative, and evidence-based book. Accessible to the general reader, it provides an abundance of useful tips for people struggling to cope with symptoms of anxiety.

Richard J. McNally, Ph.D.
Professor, Harvard University
Author, “What is Mental Illness?”

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