Posted By Matthew on April 22, 2014
This is an interesting and fascinating book. The book is well written. The book is not a how to overcome anxiety. Rather the book is mostly a history of anxiety. It is one man’s processing of his issues with this problem throughout life. He seems highly bad off. For years, he has struggled with worrying. He had panic attacks, and separation anxiety. What is interesting is that anxiety is a relatively new idea in society. The world is becoming more anxious. The same amount of anxiety in the 1950′s would have put in into a special home, now we just live with it as a everyday reality. The author does an excellent job of looking at the tension of this situation. They are able to look at the genes, and some people do have the tendency to be worriers. In fact, there is two types of people, sometimes, warriors and worriers. You can be genetically influenced to be anxious, but on the same hand, your up bringing is a big influence too. So what to do, you can attempt to overcome this panic attacks, or you can take drugs. There is a philosophical debate on the topic that the author dives deep into. The book is good. The only down fall is that maybe it is too long. I was interested in the topic, but maybe not to the level detail that the author put into the pages. Also, it seemed to became better as I went a long. Maybe it helped me understand the issue, and care more. If you deal with this problem, this is good background work to do, and if you are dealing with people who have these issues, this is an excellent work to read. I liked it.