My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind
By Scott Stossel
Kopf, 416 pgs. 2014. Nonfiction
Scott Stossel is the editor of The Atlantic and details his lifelong struggle and search for a cure of his anxiety. He has so many experiences and varieties of treatment and even delves in to the history of anxiety as a diagnosis and the medical reaction. From pills to electroshock therapy to the school of thoughts from psychologists, Stossel has created a fascinating book of anxiety and its history. He not only makes the story personal by giving his accounts, but adds so much information to it that I couldn't put it down.
It is not weighed down by the facts and figures but adds to the interesting idea of anxiety and why so many people have it. If you have ever had anxiety, know someone who has, or have an interest in finding out more about the issues surrounding therapy and the use of prescription medicine and even the institutionalization for experiencing anxiety this book should be added to your list. This was truly a wonderful book to read and have a better understanding of the effects of anxiety on people.