Anxiety For Beginners: A Personal Investigation by Eleanor Morgan ~Goodreads~
Published by Bluebird 2016
Hardback edition 368 pages ~Book Depository~
I was sent this wonderful book from ED Public Relations for an honest review.
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.
When this book turned up on my doorstep I was beyond excited to get reading. I’ve heard a lot about it from other bloggers reviews, and I just knew that it would be a must-read for me.
As someone who has anxiety this book is like a comfort blanket, because it understands you probably more than you understand yourself. Not only this but this book was a massive learning curve for me to know the in’s and out’s of what anxiety is, what causes it, and how I can live with it.
The author herself Eleanor Morgan who has been dealing with anxiety since her teens, covers a vast amount of topics relating to anxiety to which at times it gets very complex but incredibly interesting. She goes into detail of the aetiology, treatment, the reality of anxiety and how it could be in the future and how it may be treated. There’s facts, figures, interviews, quotes and first-hand accounts from sufferers which was comforting, and in a way made me feel like I was sat in a room with them exchanging our experiences.
The only drawback perhaps is that because its from a female perspective, and where Eleanor goes into the female hormones and PMT it would probably not interest a male audience. However, it would give them a greater understanding of how the opposite sex deals with anxiety and how it may differ from their own experience.
What I really felt strongly about with this book is where it covers how anxiety and many other mental health conditions are overlooked by the government. Mental health is just as important as physical health, in my opinion and Eleanor really highlights just how important it is by pointing out the stats of adults on antidepressants.
Furthermore, Eleanor also draws importance to the matter of how anxiety is for various types of people. Anxiety isn’t experienced in the same way for everyone, the symptoms can differ and you really don’t know from appearance if someone has anxiety or not and therefore judging/comparing them to others is unjustified.
I have not been formally diagnosed with anxiety and I don’t think I would want to unless I really thought I needed help. Others feel that they need to see medical help because their anxiety is simply too much, and they can’t get on with daily life as well as someone else can.
For anyone who suffers from anxiety or know’s someone, then this is the book to pick up. It is in no way a depressing read, because Eleanor has the perfect humour that does have you chuckling and nodding your head because she’s spot on with what she is describing. It is a fairly short read thanks to the reasonably small chapters and clearly marked titles with what each one will be talking about, which gives you the choice of picking the chapters that apply to you.
A really wonderful and comforting read, and thank you to Eleanor for being so open about her own experiences to help others such as myself!