When anxiety strikes, one of its most damaging facets is the way it isolates you from the rest of the world. It convinces you that no one wants to deal with your problems, that no one has the time to talk to you about them, that you’re nothing but a burden on your friends.
This is not true.
But anxiety won’t let you believe that. Often, you still won’t believe it no matter how many times you hear it.
Luckily, that doesn’t mean the solace is completely unattainable. Being told that someone understands you often won’t break through the awful crust that anxiety grows over you.
But hearing other people’s experiences of anxiety and learning about what worked for them can resonate on a different level altogether. Being alone and absorbing someone else’s story can jump-start a connection to the rest of humanity.
In the tidal wave of biographies and self-help books and other literature surrounding anxiety and other crippling mental health concerns now that the west is starting to take them more seriously, it can be difficult to know where to begin.
This is easily one of the most profound books written this century. It is a frank and honest account of Haig’s own depression and anxiety during the most difficult period of his life. It considers the most recent medical understanding of mental health and explores the different ways in which people manage and control anxiety. By combining a personal account with accurate and up to date medical progress, it offers both a reassuring sense that you are not alone in the world and the comforting knowledge that there is more professional help open to you than any previous generation has had.
One of most comprehensive self-help books out there, this book offers a guide to coping with the attacks that your own mind can launch at you. It considers the biological causes of mental health and a variety of different ways that anxiety and depression manifest themselves in people’s lives. Using this knowledge, it provides a guide to easing your own symptoms and to forging a place for yourself where you feel truly comfortable in the world.
Rich with the kind of dark humour that is sometimes the only way to coax a smile out of someone in the grip of severe depression, this book offers a playful twist on the seriousness of mental illness. The combination of this humour with an account of anxiety which is both moving and informative makes for a book that tackles anxiety in an almost unrivalled way. Its outlook is personal and upbeat in a way that is eschewed by many books about anxiety in favour of sadness and solemnity.
Author Bio – Kirstie Summers is journalist whose day job takes her to all the most interesting places and events in South London. She also freelances for a number of sites and publications, from gaming and literature reviews to creative fiction. She lives in London and spends as much of her free time as possible making the most of being in such a diverse city. She keeps one day a week to herself to swim, relax and keep the stress of the world at bay.