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.

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 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 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...

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.

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."

On Edge

On Edge Author Andrea Petersen
ISBN-10 9780553418583
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Crown
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A celebrated science and health reporter offers a wry, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety. A racing heart. Difficulty breathing. Overwhelming dread. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, but she later realized that she had been experiencing panic attacks since childhood. With time her symptoms multiplied. She agonized over every odd physical sensation. She developed fears of driving on highways, going to movie theaters, even licking envelopes. Although having a name for her condition was an enormous relief, it was only the beginning of a journey to understand and master it—one that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail. Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments. She compares psychoactive drugs to non-drug treatments, including biofeedback and exposure therapy. And she explores the role that genetics and the environment play in mental illness, visiting top neuroscientists and tracing her family history—from her grandmother, who, plagued by paranoia, once tried to burn down her own house, to her young daughter, in whom Petersen sees shades of herself. Brave and empowering, this is essential reading for anyone who knows what it means to live on edge.

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.

The Man Who Couldn t Stop

The Man Who Couldn t Stop Author David Adam
ISBN-10 9781447261780
Year 2014-04-10
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Pan Macmillan
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A Sunday Times Bestseller Have you ever had a strange urge to jump from a tall building, or steer your car into oncoming traffic? You are not alone. In this captivating fusion of science, history and personal memoir, writer David Adam explores the weird thoughts that exist within every mind, and how they drive millions of us towards obsessions and compulsions. David has suffered from OCD for twenty years, and The Man Who Couldn't Stop is his unflinchingly honest attempt to understand the condition and his experiences. What might lead an Ethiopian schoolgirl to eat a wall of her house, piece by piece; or a pair of brothers to die beneath an avalanche of household junk that they had compulsively hoarded? At what point does a harmless idea, a snowflake in a clear summer sky, become a blinding blizzard of unwanted thoughts? Drawing on the latest research on the brain, as well as historical accounts of patients and their treatments, this is a book that will challenge the way you think about what is normal, and what is mental illness. Told with fierce clarity, humour and urgent lyricism, this extraordinary book is both the haunting story of a personal nightmare, and a fascinating doorway into the darkest corners of our minds.

Phobias

Phobias Author Helen Saul
ISBN-10 1559706937
Year 2004-01-06
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Arcade Publishing
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An informative look at phobias draws on examples from literature, history, and personal memoirs to analyze these obsessional fears, examines various theories regarding their causes, answers frequently asked questions about phobias, and discusses a variety of potential treatment options. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Triumph Over Fear

Triumph Over Fear Author Jerilyn Ross
ISBN-10 0307574121
Year 2009-12-30
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Bantam
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The National Institute of Mental Health calls anxiety disorders the most common mental health problem in America. They are also among the most treatable. Yet tens of millions of people struggle with hidden fears and restricted lives because they have not received proper diagnosis and treatment. Triumph Over Fear combines Jerilyn Ross's firsthand account of overcoming her own disabling phobia with inspiring case histories of recovery from other forms of anxiety, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder; an post-traumatic stress disorder. State-of-the-art information is combined with powerful self-help techniques, together with clear indications of when to seek additional professional help and/or medication. Also included is the latest research on anxiety disorders in children, plus advice for dealing with family members and employers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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.

Invisible Heroes

Invisible Heroes Author Belleruth Naparstek
ISBN-10 9780307418159
Year 2007-12-18
Pages 400
Language en
Publisher Bantam
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If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic event, you know the devastating impact it can have on your life and your spirit. Life-threatening accidents, illnesses, assaults, abusive relationships—or a tragedy like 9/11—all can leave deep emotional wounds that persist long after physical scars have healed. Survivors become “invisible heroes,” courageously struggling to lead normal lives in spite of symptoms so baffling and disturbing that they sometimes doubt their own sanity. Now there is new hope for the millions affected by posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Drawing on more than thirty years’ experience as a therapist and on the most recent cutting-edge research, Belleruth Naparstek presents a clinically proven program for recovery using the potent tool of guided imagery. She reveals how guided imagery goes straight to the right side of the brain, where it impacts the nonverbal wiring of the nervous system itself, the key to alleviating suffering. Filled with the voices of real trauma survivors and therapists whose lives and work have been changed by this approach, Invisible Heroes offers: • New understanding of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral effects of PTSD, who is most susceptible, and why symptoms can get worse rather than better with time • Important insights into how the brain and body respond to trauma, why conventional talk therapy can actually impede recovery, and why the nonverbal, image-based right brain is crucial to healing • A step-by-step program with more than twenty scripts for guided-imagery exercises tailored to the three stages of recovery, from immediate relief of anxiety attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, and insomnia, to freedom from depression and isolation, to renewed engagement with life • A helpful guide to the best of the new imagery-based therapies, and how to incorporate them into an overall recovery plan Belleruth Naparstek concludes with the inspiring words of survivors who have found their way back to peace, purpose, and a deep joy in living. Her compassionate, groundbreaking book can lead you and those in your care to the same renewal and healing. From the Hardcover edition.

The Age of Anxiety

The Age of Anxiety Author Andrea Tone
ISBN-10 9780786727476
Year 2008-12-30
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Basic Books
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Anxious Americans have increasingly pursued peace of mind through pills and prescriptions. In 2006, the National Institute of Mental Health estimated that 40 million adult Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder in any given year: more than double the number thought to have such a disorder in 2001. Anti-anxiety drugs are a billion-dollar business. Yet as recently as 1955, when the first tranquilizer—Miltown—went on the market, pharmaceutical executives worried that there wouldn't be interest in anxiety-relief. At mid-century, talk therapy remained the treatment of choice. But Miltown became a sensation—the first psychotropic blockbuster in United States history. By 1957, Americans had filled 36 million prescriptions. Patients seeking made-to-order tranquility emptied drugstores, forcing pharmacists to post signs reading “more Miltown tomorrow.” The drug's financial success and cultural impact revolutionized perceptions of anxiety and its treatment, inspiring the development of other lifestyle drugs including Valium and Prozac. In The Age of Anxiety, Andrea Tone draws on a broad array of original sources—manufacturers' files, FDA reports, letters, government investigations, and interviews with inventors, physicians, patients, and activists—to provide the first comprehensive account of the rise of America's tranquilizer culture. She transports readers from the bomb shelters of the Cold War to the scientific optimism of the Baby Boomers, to the “just say no” Puritanism of the late 1970s and 1980s. A vibrant history of America's long and turbulent affair with tranquilizers, The Age of Anxiety casts new light on what it has meant to seek synthetic solutions to everyday angst.