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Title: Hi, Anxiety: Life with a Bad Case of Nerves
Author: Kat Kinsman
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Recommended If You Like: honesty, understanding of mental illness, true stories
Kat Kinsman has been dealing with anxiety and depression in their myriad forms her whole life, from her mother's retreats to her silent bedroom, to her own fearful hidings under the bed covers. Now "out" about her anxiety, Kinsman is done hiding what she has always felt, and is sharing her story.
What I Liked:
As someone who has been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, having people be so public and honest about their own struggles with anxiety means a lot to me. Kinsman does not shy away from the frequently brutal truths about her life, and does a service to others through her truth.
I liked the way the book is structured, larger episodes interspersed with chapters about more specific fears, such as driving.
Kinsman has a nice, flowing style of writing that lends itself well to her storytelling.
Anything I Didn't Like?
It's not that I didn't like this aspect, but this is not an easy book to read. Sometimes I could feel Kinsman's anxiety right there with her, and had to step away from the book for a bit.
I have been reading and re reading a lot of books about anxiety lately, and this is another important addition to the canon.
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