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Anxiety for Beginners

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Anxiety for Beginners offers a vivid insight into the crippling impact of anxiety disorder, a condition that is often invisible and frequently misunderstood.

Table of Contents

Unit - PART ONE: SOMETHING'S WRONGChapter - 1: A Tornado in a Toilet CubicleChapter - 2: 'Two Litres of Pus'Chapter - 3: Taking RootChapter - 4: CrackingChapter - 5: PaddlingChapter - 6: A Mind on FireChapter - 7: 'A Total F***er'Unit - PART TWO: WHAT IS ANXIETYChapter - 8: A Price Tag on FreedomChapter - 9: Appropriate ResponsesChapter - 10: Computers in Skin SuitsChapter - 11: 'Flavour'Chapter - 12: More Than a (Gut) FeelingChapter - 13: Diagnosis: ShameChapter - 14: Giving the Beast a NameUnit - PART THREE: WHY DOES ANXIETY HAPPEN?Chapter - 15: Blame, Time and PlaceChapter - 16: BettyChapter - 17: Grey MattersChapter - 18: Grey MattersChapter - 19: Female Hormones: A Bloody MessChapter - 20: Calming the TideChapter - 21: Needles, Eggs and FreezersChapter - 22: Blue CurtainsChapter - 23: Stigma, Language and How We Codify ThingsChapter - 24: Words and Pictures: How the Media Feeds Our HeadsChapter - 25: Faces and NamesChapter - 26: Thinking About What Other People ThinkUnit - PART FOUR: WHAT CAN WE DO?Chapter - 27: Drugs, DSM, DilemmasChapter - 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 HippocampiChapter - 32: PamelaChapter - 33: Helping Someone With AnxietyChapter - 34: Future TreatmentAcknowledgements - i: AcknowledgementsSection - ii: BibliographyIndex - iii: Index


About the Author

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 organisations in the world, and has become one of the sharpest, best-connected young voices in today's media landscape.


A powerful and beautifully written account of Morgan's experiences with anxiety and depression, and a rigorously researched examination of why they happen and how they can be managed. As well as speaking to fellow sufferers, Morgan consults psychiatrists, psychologists, OCD specialists, gastroenterologists and nutritionists, and bones up on Kierkegaard, Freud and Hippocrates (the latter was the first to describe a patient with social anxiety).It is with a mixture of humanity and clear-sightedness that she analyses genetic and environmental influences, trauma, hormones, fertility, parenthood, medication, social stigma and language, all the while linking back to her own stories and those of fellow sufferers.In assuming the dual role of memoirist and investigative journalist, Morgan gradually comes to terms with her own anxiety disorder. She offers no firm answers or miracle cures, and is careful to remind us that, when it comes to mental illness, no two cases are the same. Her willingness to share what so many others strive to keep hidden, to thoroughly demystify her condition, is courageous and compelling * The Guardian * This fusion of memoir and scientific investigation is very accessible. . . with a generous dollop of humanity * Irish Times *

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