Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety (Compact Disc)

A Memoir of Anxiety

By Daniel Smith, Paul Michael Garcia (Read by)

Blackstone Audiobooks, 9781470812263

Publication Date: July 1, 2012

July 2012 Indie Next List

“This is the kind of memoir you've likely never read before. To be human is to understand what anxiety is, but few understand anxiety as a true mental disorder. Smith's real strength is his ability to provide the reader with very clear descriptions of what it means to suffers from chronic anxiety in ways that are both bracingly honest and self-deprecatingly funny. For readers who suffer anxiety, the world just may feel a tiny less lonely; for others, the hope is that this book will give insight into, and compassion for, those who do.”
— Jennifer Wills Geraedts, Beagle Books, Park Rapids, MN
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Description

In the insightful narrative tradition of Oliver Sacks, Monkey Mind is an uplifting, smart, and very funny memoir of life with anxiety--America's most common psychological complaint. We all think we know what being anxious feels like--it is the instinct that made us run from wolves in the prehistoric age and pushes us to perform in the modern one--but for forty million American adults, anxiety is an insidious condition that defines daily life. Yet no popular memoir has been written about that experience until now. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that "Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron's Darkness Visible did for depression." In Monkey Mind, Daniel Smith brilliantly articulates what it is like to live with anxiety, defanging the disease with humor, traveling through its demonic layers, evocatively expressing both its painful internal coherence and its absurdities. He also draws on its most storied sufferers to trace anxiety's intellectual history and its influence on our time. Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to millions of people who have wanted someone to put into words what they and their loved ones feel.
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