My Age of Anxiety

My Age of Anxiety Author Scott Stossel
ISBN-10 9780385351324
Year 2014-01-07
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Vintage
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A riveting, revelatory, and moving account of the author’s struggles with anxiety, and of the history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand the condition As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood. Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical, and experiential perspectives. He ranges from the earliest medical reports of Galen and Hippocrates, through later observations by Robert Burton and Søren Kierkegaard, to the investigations by great nineteenth-century scientists, such as Charles Darwin, William James, and Sigmund Freud, as they began to explore its sources and causes, to the latest research by neuroscientists and geneticists. Stossel reports on famous individuals who struggled with anxiety, as well as on the afflicted generations of his own family. His portrait of anxiety reveals not only the emotion’s myriad manifestations and the anguish anxiety produces but also the countless psychotherapies, medications, and other (often outlandish) treatments that have been developed to counteract it. Stossel vividly depicts anxiety’s human toll—its crippling impact, its devastating power to paralyze—while at the same time exploring how those who suffer from it find ways to manage and control it. My Age of Anxiety is learned and empathetic, humorous and inspirational, offering the reader great insight into the biological, cultural, and environmental factors that contribute to the affliction.

My Age of Anxiety

My Age of Anxiety Author Scott Stossel
ISBN-10 9780307390608
Year 2015
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Vintage
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The author recounts his lifelong battle with anxiety, showing the many manifestations of the disorder as well as the countless treatments that have been developed to counteract it, and provides a history of the efforts to understand this common form of mental illness.

My Age of Anxiety

My Age of Anxiety Author Scott Stossel
ISBN-10 9781409022671
Year 2014-01-16
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Random House
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and SHORTLISTED FOR THE WELLCOME BOOK PRIZE 2015 As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that is pervasive yet too often misunderstood. Drawing on his own long-standing battle with anxiety, Stossel presents an astonishing history, at once intimate and authoritative, of the efforts to understand the condition from medical, cultural, philosophical and experiential perspectives. He ranges from the earliest medical reports of Galen and Hippocrates, through later observations by Robert Burton and Søren Kierkegaard, to the investigations by great nineteenth-century scientists, such as Charles Darwin, William James and Sigmund Freud, as they began to explore its sources and causes, to the latest research by neuroscientists and geneticists. Stossel reports on famous individuals who struggled with anxiety, as well as the afflicted generations of his own family. His portrait of anxiety reveals not only the emotion’s myriad manifestations and the anguish it produces, but also the countless psychotherapies, medications and other (often outlandish) treatments that have been developed to counteract it. Stossel vividly depicts anxiety’s human toll – its crippling impact, its devastating power to paralyse – while at the same time exploring how those who suffer from it find ways to manage and control it. My Age of Anxiety is learned and empathetic, humorous and inspirational, offering the reader great insight into the biological, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to the affliction.

Monkey Mind

Monkey Mind Author Daniel Smith
ISBN-10 9781439177310
Year 2013-06-11
Pages 212
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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Shares the author's personal experiences with anxiety, describing its painful coherence and absurdities while sharing the stories of other sufferers to illustrate anxiety's intellectual history and influence.

My Age of Anxiety

My Age of Anxiety Author Scott Stossel
ISBN-10 1496187733
Year 2014
Pages 58
Language en
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
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With InstaRead Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries, you can get the essence of a book in 30 minutes or less. We read every chapter and summarize it in one or two paragraphs so you can get the information contained in the book at a faster rate. This is an InstaRead Summary of My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel. Below is a preview of the earlier sections of the summary. PART I: The Riddle of Anxiety 1: The Nature of Anxiety On the day Scott Stossel got married, he had an anxiety attack at the altar. He sweated profusely, and thought he was going to pass out. He worried that his friends and family would think that he was having second thoughts about marriage. When the wedding was over, and he was at the reception, his symptoms faded away. Even with his anxiety attack over, he felt despair because he couldn't get through his wedding without suffering from his disorder. These panic attacks are not uncommon for Stossel. He also had them when his wife was giving birth, during public lectures, job interviews, simply reading a book, etc. These panic attacks are often accompanied by the feeling that he is going to die. When he is not enduring a panic attack, he still has constant anxiety. He worries about his health, his family's health, his finances, and many other things. These worries are worsened by stomach aches, dizziness, and other symptoms that are similar to the flu. Sometimes he also has trouble breathing and walking. He has many phobias, from a fear of heights to a fear of cheese. Stossel had anxiety as a child as well. He would worry about his parents dying in a car crash. He spent his afternoons in the school nurse's office, and ended a relationship with a girl after he had intense anxiety when she leaned in to kiss him. Stossel has tried numerous treatments for his anxiety, including psychotherapy, hypnosis, rational emotive therapy, medications, self-help books, and alcohol. None of these eased his symptoms in the long term. He has given up on trying to treat the anxiety, and hopes to learn to accept his disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental illness in the United States. Forty million Americans have an anxiety disorder. 31% of funds spent on mental health care is to help people with anxiety disorders. 1 in 4 people will experience crippling anxiety some time in their life. Studies have found that anxiety affects people worldwide. One in six people in the world will have an anxiety disorder for a minimum of a year within their lifetime. These studies only account for people who are clinically considered to have anxiety disorders. By 1950, only three books had been written about anxiety (the authors being: Sigmund Freud, Søren Kierkegaard, and Rollo May). This dismal research continued until an anti-anxiety drug was created in 1980. The treatment helped the disorder to be added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Now, anxiety research is flourishing. fMRI technology is even being used to look at how anxiety and parts of the brain are related. For example, general worries about the future (such as when Stossel worries about if his children will be able to pay for college) occurs in the frontal lobes of the cerebral...

The Age of Anxiety

The Age of Anxiety Author Wystan Hugh Auden
ISBN-10 9780691138152
Year 2011
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Princeton University Press
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Originally published: New York: Random House, 1947.

Thin Slices of Anxiety

Thin Slices of Anxiety Author Catherine Lepage
ISBN-10 9781452154206
Year 2016-04-19
Pages 104
Language en
Publisher Chronicle Books
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Not to worry, a book on anxiety is finally here! A clever antidote to everyday angst, this illustrated book captures universal truths and comforting revelations about being human. Artist Catherine Lepage uses her wry humor to help us see that "thinly sliced and illustrated, emotions are much easier to digest."

Sarge

Sarge Author Scott Stossel
ISBN-10 9781590515143
Year 2011-12-27
Pages 800
Language en
Publisher Other Press, LLC
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As founder of the Peace Corps, Head Start, the Special Olympics (with wife Eunice Kennedy Shriver), and other organizations, Sargent Shriver was a key social and political figure whose influence continues to the present day. This authorized biography, exhaustively researched and finely rendered by Scott Stossel (deputy editor of The Atlantic), reads like an epic novel, with “Sarge” marching through the historical events of the last century—the Great Depression, World War II, JFK’s assassination, the Cold War, and many more. Sarge gives us a complete account of Shriver’s life, as well as a thoughtful commentary on the Kennedy family, the Peace Corps, and United States and world history. It is a riveting and comprehensive reconstruction of a life that exemplifies what it means to be a true American.

Hi Anxiety

Hi  Anxiety Author Kat Kinsman
ISBN-10 9780062369703
Year 2016-11-15
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher HarperCollins
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Joining the ranks of such acclaimed accounts as Manic, Brain on Fire, and Monkey Mind, a deeply personal, funny, and sometimes painful look at anxiety and its impact from writer and commentator Kat Kinsman. Feeling anxious? Can’t sleep because your brain won’t stop recycling thoughts? Unable to make a decision because you're too afraid you’ll make the wrong one? You’re not alone. In Hi, Anxiety, beloved food writer, editor, and commentator Kat Kinsman expands on the high profile pieces she wrote for CNN.com about depression, and its wicked cousin, anxiety. Taking us back to her adolescence, when she was diagnosed with depression at fourteen, Kat speaks eloquently with pathos and humor about her skin picking, hand flapping, “nervousness” that made her the recipient of many a harsh taunt. With her mother also gripped by depression and health issues throughout her life, Kat came to live in a constant state of unease—that she would fail, that she would never find love . . . that she would end up just like her mother. Now, as a successful media personality, Kat still battles anxiety every day. That anxiety manifests in strange, and deeply personal ways. But as she found when she started to write about her struggles, Kat is not alone in feeling like the simple act of leaving the house, or getting a haircut can be crippling. And though periodic medication, counseling, a successful career and a happy marriage have brought her relief, the illness, because that is what anxiety is, remains. Exploring how millions are affected anxiety, Hi, Anxiety is a clarion call for everyone—but especially women—struggling with this condition. Though she is a strong advocate for seeking medical intervention, Kinsman implores those suffering to come out of the shadows—to talk about their battle openly and honestly. With humor, bravery, and writing that brings bestsellers like Laurie Notaro and Jenny Lawson to mind, Hi, Anxiety tackles a difficult subject with amazing grace.

Making Friends with Anxiety

Making Friends with Anxiety Author Sarah Rayner
ISBN-10 1502345420
Year 2014-10-03
Pages 132
Language en
Publisher CreateSpace
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A warm and supportive little book to help ease worry and panic by bestselling author Sarah Rayner.Drawing on her own experience of anxiety disorder and recovery, Sarah Rayner shares her insights into this extremely common and often distressing condition with compassion and humour. She reveals the seven elements that commonly contribute to anxiety including adrenaline, negative thinking and fear of the future, and explains what causes worry and panic to become such a problem for many of us. Packed with tips, exercises and anecdotes from the author's life, this companion to mental good health reads like a chat with a friend. It shows that an understanding of the way our minds and bodies work together can provide anxiety relief and restore our sense of confidence and control. If you suffer from panic attacks, a debilitating disorder or just want to reduce the amount of time you spend worrying, Making Friends with Anxiety will allow you to manage your own condition and see anxiety as a friend not foe.* From the author of the international bestseller, One Moment, One Morning and its follow-up, the recently published Another Night, Another Day* Draws on the techniques of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy * Includes beautiful photographs by the author to lift the spirit* Useful links throughout, plus details of helplines and recommended reads * Ongoing online support group available 'This is a great book: readable, practical and, most importantly, compassionate. Sarah Rayner gives a clear explanation of the common symptoms of anxiety and panic that affect so many lives. She then goes on to give sound advice as to how to cope with these ongoing feelings. This entails a series of strategies that encourage understanding of the anxiety rather than its suppression, aiming to give control of these complex emotions back to the patient. It's impressive that she admits to her own anxiety issues, and without embarrassment shows how they have affected her life, how she has sought help over the years, and how she continues to deal with them. The fact she has written this book shows how well she has embraced her demons, able to get on with her own creative life. I will be recommending this book to my patients.' Dr P Fitzgerald, GP 'Sarah's advice is very sage: if one is prone to anxiety, as many of us are, it is futile to expect to be totally rid of it forever. It will come back, but it is possible to tame it. She encourages the reader to be kinder to themselves, live in the moment, and accept their anxiety as an occasionally troublesome, yet integral part of their own being. Deeply personal yet eminently practical, this accessible and engaging e-book should prove extremely helpful to anyone trying to cope with anxiety.' Dr Ian Williams, GP and authorPRAISE FOR SARAH RAYNER:'Sarah Rayner explores an emotive subject with great sensitivity' Sunday Express'Carefully crafted and empathetic' The Sunday Times'A sympathetic insight into the causes and effects of mental ill-health as it affects ordinary people. Powerful' My Weekly'You'll want to inhale it in one breath' Easy Living'Brilliant...Warm and approachable' Essentials'A difficult subject written about with optimism and a light touch' Coastway Radio

Anxiety As an Ally

Anxiety As an Ally Author Dan Ryckert
ISBN-10 0692401512
Year 2015-03-16
Pages 220
Language en
Publisher Up to Something Publishing
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After experiencing his first panic attack on New Year's Day of 2003, Dan Ryckert began a 12-year process of learning how to channel panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder until they became driving forces in his life. Using anxiety as his ally, he was able to land dream jobs within the video game industry and vastly improve the quality of his personal life. In this candid recollection, you'll learn about how he went from having panic attacks during college roll calls to speaking in front of large crowds with minimal interference from anxiety. More importantly, Ryckert details the methods in which he channelled these once-negative conditions until they became a driving force in his life and something he wouldn't get rid of even if he was given the chance.

The Depths

The Depths Author Jonathan Rottenberg
ISBN-10 9780465069736
Year 2014-02-11
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Basic Books
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Nearly every depressed person is assured by doctors, well-meaning friends and family, the media, and ubiquitous advertisements that the underlying problem is a chemical imbalance. Such a simple defect should be fixable, yet despite all of the resources that have been devoted to finding a pharmacological solution, depression remains stubbornly widespread. Why are we losing this fight? In this humane and illuminating challenge to defect models of depression, psychologist Jonathan Rottenberg argues that depression is a particularly severe outgrowth of our natural capacity for emotion. In other words, it is a low mood gone haywire. Drawing on recent developments in the science of mood—and his own harrowing depressive experience as a young adult—Rottenberg explains depression in evolutionary terms, showing how its dark pull arises from adaptations that evolved to help our ancestors ensure their survival. Moods, high and low, evolved to compel us to more efficiently pursue rewards. While this worked for our ancestors, our modern environment—in which daily survival is no longer a sole focus—makes it all too easy for low mood to slide into severe, long-lasting depression. Weaving together experimental and epidemiological research, clinical observations, and the voices of individuals who have struggled with depression, The Depths offers a bold new account of why depression endures—and makes a strong case for de-stigmatizing this increasingly common condition. In so doing, Rottenberg offers hope in the form of his own and other patients’ recovery, and points the way towards new paths for treatment.

The 10 Best Anxiety Busters Simple Strategies to Take Control of Your Worry

The 10 Best Anxiety Busters  Simple Strategies to Take Control of Your Worry Author Margaret Wehrenberg
ISBN-10 9780393710779
Year 2015-01-26
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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Ready-to-use strategies to tame even your most anxiety-inducing moments. Suffer from a fear of flying? Break out in a sweat during presentations? Experience a sudden panic attack when in a confined space, like an elevator? Whether you’re struggling with mild anxiety or battling more severe phobia or panic, these are common experiences that affect millions of people. So what are the perennially anxious to do? In ten simple techniques, this pocket-sized, anxiety-busting guide boils down the most effective remedies for worry and anxiety, whether chronic or in the moment. From breathing exercises and relaxation practices to thought-stopping techniques, worry “containment,” effective self-talk, and strategies that put an end to catastrophizing once and for all, it’s your go-to guide when anxiety levels begin to boil. Throw it in your carry-on, stow it in your briefcase, or keep it in your desk when you need a quick reminder of some easy techniques that can turn your anxiety from overpowering to manageable in no time.

Your Voice in My Head

Your Voice in My Head Author Emma Forrest
ISBN-10 9781590514474
Year 2011-05-03
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Other Press, LLC
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Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms. A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.

The Other Side of Normal

The Other Side of Normal Author Jordan Smoller
ISBN-10 9780062101334
Year 2012-05-08
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins
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In this enthralling work of popular science, respected Harvard psychiatrist Jordan Smoller addresses one of humankind’s most enduring and perplexing questions: What does it mean to be “normal?” In The Other Side of Normal, Smoller explores the biological component of normalcy, revealing the hidden side of our everyday behaviors—why we love what we love and fear what we fear. Other bestselling works of neurobiology and the mind have focused on mental illness and abnormal behaviors—like the Oliver Sacks classic, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat—but The Other Side of Normal is an eye-opening, thought-provoking, utterly fascinating and totally accessible exploration of the universals of human experience. It will change forever our understanding of who we are and what makes us that way.