A Memoir of Anxiety
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Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. 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.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity….I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.
From Publishers Weekly
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Never have I been able to relate so perfectly to another's description of their journey with anxiety. It made me laugh, it gave me hope. I'm not crazy :)
Happy it's over and one one died
Give it go
It was, at times, more factual about the cause/symptom/treatment of anxiety that it became dry and taxing to reading... But generally, I enjoyed his personal account of living with anxiety. At times in the book you felt such great empathy for the writer and others were a laugh, as I could relate to particular symptoms of anxiety. It was deeply personal, triumphantly honest and I believe very helpful to those treading the turbulent waters of anxiety.
Although not on top of my favorites, because I expected less facts and more humor, I think the book is worth a go.