Anxiety for Beginners offers a vivid insight into the often crippling impact of anxiety disorders, a condition that is frequently invisible, shrouded in shame and misunderstood. It serves as a guide for those who live with anxiety disorders and those who live with them by proxy.
Combining her own experiences (rendered in emotive detail) with extensive research with experts (neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychologists and fellow sufferers - including some familiar faces), Eleanor Morgan explores not just the roots of her own anxiety, but also investigates what might be contributing to so many of us suffering around the world.
Anxiety for Beginners is, at its heart, a book about acceptance, as Morgan discovers the ways in which people can live a life that is not just manageable but enjoyable, learning to accept anxiety as part of who we are rather than spending a life fighting and being ashamed of it.
Eleanor Morgan has written and interviewed extensively for the Guardian, the Observer, The Times, the Independent, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue and the Believer. She worked as Senior Editor at VICE UK, where she helped to manage the output of an ever-expanding editorial team at one of the fastest-moving media organizations in the world, and has become one of the sharpest, best connected young voices in today's media landscape.
Unit - PART ONE: SOMETHING'S WRONG Chapter - 1: A Tornado in a Toilet Cubicle Chapter - 2: 'Two Litres of Pus' Chapter - 3: Taking Root Chapter - 4: Cracking Chapter - 5: Paddling Chapter - 6: A Mind on Fire Chapter - 7: 'A Total F***er' Unit - PART TWO: WHAT IS ANXIETY Chapter - 8: A Price Tag on Freedom Chapter - 9: Appropriate Responses Chapter - 10: Computers in Skin Suits Chapter - 11: 'Flavour' Chapter - 12: More Than a (Gut) Feeling Chapter - 13: Diagnosis: Shame Chapter - 14: Giving the Beast a Name Unit - PART THREE: WHY DOES ANXIETY HAPPEN? Chapter - 15: Blame, Time and Place Chapter - 16: Betty Chapter - 17: Grey Matters Chapter - 18: Grey Matters Chapter - 19: Female Hormones: A Bloody Mess Chapter - 20: Calming the Tide Chapter - 21: Needles, Eggs and Freezers Chapter - 22: Blue Curtains Chapter - 23: Stigma, Language and How We Codify Things Chapter - 24: Words and Pictures: How the Media Feeds Our Heads Chapter - 25: Faces and Names Chapter - 26: Thinking About What Other People Think Unit - PART FOUR: WHAT CAN WE DO? Chapter - 27: Drugs, DSM, Dilemmas Chapter - 28: Asking For Help: What Do We Get? Chapter - 29: Helping Ourselves: Where Do We Start? Chapter - 30: Mindfulness: A Mindblowing Industry? Chapter - 31: Exercise, Trees and Hippocampi Chapter - 32: Pamela Chapter - 33: Helping Someone With Anxiety Chapter - 34: Future Treatment Acknowledgements - i: Acknowledgements Section - ii: Bibliography Index - iii: Index