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Hi, Anxiety: Life With a Bad Case of Nerves | Kat Kinsman
Joining the ranks of such acclaimed accounts as Manic, Brain on Fire, and Monkey Mind, a deeply personal, funny, and sometimes painful look at anxiety and its impact from writer and commentator Kat Kinsman. Feeling anxious? Cant sleep because your brain wont stop recycling thoughts? Unable to make a decision because you're too afraid youll make the wrong one? Youre not alone. In Hi, Anxiety, beloved food writer, editor, and commentator Kat Kinsman expands on the high profile pieces she wrote for CNN.com about depression, and its wicked cousin, anxiety. Taking us back to her adolescence, when she was diagnosed with depression at fourteen, Kat speaks eloquently with pathos and humor about her skin picking, hand flapping, nervousness that made her the recipient of many a harsh taunt. With her mother also gripped by depression and health issues throughout her life, Kat came to live in a constant state of uneasethat she would fail, that she would never find love . . . that she would end up just like her mother. Now, as a successful media personality, Kat still battles anxiety every day. That anxiety manifests in strange, and deeply personal ways. But as she found when she started to write about her struggles, Kat is not alone in feeling like the simple act of leaving the house, or getting a haircut can be crippling. And though periodic medication, counseling, a successful career and a happy marriage have brought her relief, the illness, because that is what anxiety is, remains. Exploring how millions are affected anxiety, Hi, Anxiety is a clarion call for everyonebut especially womenstruggling with this condition. Though she is a strong advocate for seeking medical intervention, Kinsman implores those suffering to come out of the shadowsto talk about their battle openly and honestly. With humor, bravery, and writing that brings bestsellers like Lori Notaro and Jenny Lawson to mind, Hi, Anxiety tackles a difficult subject with amazing grace.
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I need some good vibes. Things aren't looking great for my baby after my apt yesterday and now we're anxiously awaiting results. I wasn't expecting this big of a problem during pregnancy and it's become all consuming 😔 I'm hoping to get more reading time in to relax until then!

Butterflyamore I‘m so sorry. This must be so scary for you. 2mo
Eyelit 💜💜💜 sending all the good vibes! 2mo
Tamra Sending healthy thoughts!! 2mo
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AkashaVampie aww i'm sorry sweetie that u are having a hard time with ur pregnancy. I've had 2 hard ones, believe me!! just try to take it day by day. thats all u can do! 2mo
zezeki Sending good vibes! 💕💕 2mo
JoScho Sending love and good vibes. Keep us posted. 2mo
AmyG Sending prayers your way. Hope all is ok. 2mo
cobwebmoth I'm sorry things are so stressful right now. Sending good vibes to you and baby. 2mo
LibrarianJen Oh no! Sending you lots of love and good vibes. A couple of my friends have had premies and it seems like we all had complicated pregnancies so I know the anxiety you feel. 💖 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon I'm so sorry you are going through this. Sending good thoughts your way. 2mo
BookwormM Sending good thoughts to you all xxxx 2mo
BookwormAHN Sending positive energy and hugs 💐 2mo
JacqMac I‘m sorry it‘s such an anxious time. I hope things get better soon. All the good vibes to you. 💕 2mo
Kalalalatja Sending positive thoughts 🤞 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Sending prayers and positive energy your way! 2mo
Purrfectpages Sending a ton of good vibes your way! 2mo
sblbooks So sorry, you're in my thoughts and prayers! 2mo
Shadowfat Thanks for the support everyone but I didn't receive good news 😥 2mo
CouronneDhiver I hope it‘s nowhere near as ominous as it sounds... happy and healthy with just the right number of fingers and toes 😘😘 2mo
TheBookKeepers ❤️❤️❤️ I‘m sorry, sending positive vibes your way that good news comes🤞 2mo
Chrissyreadit I just saw this post. Thinking of you with a hopeful heart. 2mo
Avanders ♥️♥️♥️ sending love. 🙏🏽 2mo
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When you are actively reading so many books that it‘s starting to cause you anxiety, you‘re probably trying to read too many at the same time, right? I‘m starting to get stressed again, actively trying to get through these six, plus there‘s one more with a deadline rapidly approaching that I haven‘t even started. 🤢 I need more hours in the day to devote to reading. 😭

jmtrivera I know the feeling! 4mo
Sweetkokoro I‘m in the same boat, this is why I have always been a one book at a time person, but lately I just have been all over the place. 4mo
DGRachel @Sweetkokoro I try to keep myself to no more than three (one each print, Kindle, and audio) but I‘ve had so much trouble focusing lately that I start one and pick up another then another and now I‘m sitting here with five print and one audio and freaking out. 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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Sweetkokoro That‘s exactly what I have been going through. I was in a reading rut and nothing was keeping my attention, so I kept starting new ones and now I have 6 books started and like 5 due back at the library this Saturday 😔 4mo
DGRachel @Sweetkokoro Yikes! I have been there, too, with library books. Fortunately, I only have two with deadlines, but the others are ones I really want to read. I think I just need to pick up one, get through it, and grab the next and get through it, and just try to force myself to focus. Good luck to you! Can you renew any of those library check outs? 4mo
Crazeedi @Sweetkokoro I am exactly this comment too🤨 4mo
LiteraryinLititz That‘s where I am too! 4mo
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I'm done! I'm done! I'm done! I am done with this day, this week, this month, this year! I've had my fill of stupid and rude people. Cheer me up please. Any good jokes? Hilarious memes?

Chrissyreadit See @Dorianna post- unless your offended by cuss words. But I think it‘s hysterical. 5mo
Books.Bottles.and.Babies @Chrissyreadit Love it! Never offended by a good cuss word. As a matter of fact I might go read that out loud a few more times 🤣 5mo
Dorianna @Chrissyreadit @Books.Bottles.and.Babies It‘s very cathartic to read out loud. Glad you enjoyed it, I hope tomorrow is kinder to you. 5mo
LauraJ Not saying I believe this stuff, but Mercury is no longer retrograde tomorrow morning. Just about everyone I know is done too! 5mo
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And no one ever believes me that I'm anxiety incarnate 😂😂😂 #Anxiety


It's been so long since I've read a book I was always in the library when I was younger. I would check out like 4-6 books go home and read all day sometimes I'd go back to the library the same day and get more books because I finished reading them all. We lived on the same block as the library so it was convenient I loved it now I can barely focus on reading because my mind is always racing and I have anxiety that makes me feel like crap all day.

julesG Sorry to hear about your anxiety. Hope you'll feel better soon. 6mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy where we can hopefully help you get your mind on happier things 😺 6mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 6mo
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LadyyJJ @julesG thank you me too 🙂 6mo
LadyyJJ @BookwormAHN I hope so thanks 🙂 6mo
LadyyJJ @CrowCAH thank you 🙂 6mo
Libby1 ❤️🦋 6mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!🎉🎉 6mo
RaimeyGallant I have times like that too! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚👋🏻 I‘m sorry you have anxiety. Could you check to see if your library has an ebook loaning program? Then you could read books without leaving home! I check out books through #hoopla and #Overdrive to read on my iPad. 6mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 6mo
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 6mo
sprainedbrain Welcome! Have you tried audiobooks? 6mo
LadyyJJ Thank you everyone 🙏💕 6mo
LadyyJJ @sprainedbrain no I haven't I should though ☺ 6mo
sprainedbrain @LadyyJJ When I can‘t get my brain to quiet down to sit down and read, I can still usually listen to a good book. 🤗 6mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! :) 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 6mo
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It's almost 8am & I've been up since 3am coughing🤒. I also dreaded today. I planned to leave at sunrise (light to no traffic) to get my car inspected which is a 30 minute drive down the NJ parkway. I have extreme driving anxiety😟 so this is HUGE for me, & it's hard for me to be in a car that long because of my medical issues. But I did it! I'm so relieved. Now to read & let cold medicine kick in.
Hope everyone has a productive Saturday. 🙋‍♀️

Traci1 Good for you for overcoming your anxiety and getting out there! Hope you're feeling better soon. ❤ 6mo
Samplergal Feel better. I hear you about anxiety. And driving anywhere today is a challenge without anxiety. ❤️ 6mo
quirkyreader I hope you feel better. An yes driving is very anxiety ridden. It‘s great that you were able to get it done. 6mo
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cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! I have driving anxiety, too, so big hugs to you for that.❤ 6mo
Aaronlisa Hope you are feeling better. 6mo
Eggbeater I have a disability and driving anxiety, too, so I totally get it. I won't even drive on highways, so good for you! I hope you feel better soon. 6mo
tracey38 I'm so happy you got it done and can relax now. Anxiety is a pain, I know. I hope you feel better. Everyone around here seems to have a cold, or is getting over one. 6mo
Midlife_nerd_girl I also have driving anxiety and it‘s the worst on highways of any kind! I‘m glad you managed it and now can spend some time trying to relax. 6mo
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Going through one of those phases where my anxiety is out of control and every other Co-worker is disappointing me. I have a student teacher who is supposed to take over my classes on Friday until May 10—but now thinks he may be leaving. 😡😡😡 The book I‘m reading is...fine, but not helping me achieve zen!

Aaannnddddd rant over. 😉


hermyknee I‘m having a really hard time right now having no support from admin. I feel ya 7mo
AmberWB @hermyknee in all seriousness, I really feel like on-site counseling should be available for teachers. 7mo
hermyknee Agreed. 7mo
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BookwormAHN Hugs 💐 7mo
Erinreadsthebooks @AmberWB @hermyknee We do have free counseling through my school district. It's a nice perk. I haven't taken advantage yet, but have thought seriously about it. Also, planning on a student and then he/she leaving is the pits 👎🏼 I hope it gets better! 7mo
CareBear Hugs 💕 7mo
Purrfectpages Teaching stresses are the worst! I can relate! 7mo
TheBookHippie UGHHHHHH. 7mo
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This Christmas #imdreamingof no anxiety! Anxiety be banished, please! #seasonsreadings

JoScho You and me both! 8mo
squirrelbrain I can relate! ❤️ 8mo
GingerAntics Oh been there. I think I‘m wishing for an anxiety free holiday, too. lol 8mo
CouronneDhiver Yes please 8mo
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I know so many of you are anxious and upset over elections today and I just wanted to post this pic to say I know how you feel. Anxiety sucks so hard especially when it won't let you concentrate on anything and makes you physically ill. Remember to take some time to soothe yourselves and that your fellow littens care. 💕

Trashcanman ❤️🤗❤️ 10mo
Megabooks ☺️ Thank you 💜 10mo
laurenbescoby Lovely message! 10mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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Watching elections results tonight. I haven‘t been able to concentrate ALL day. Trying to read, but nope. Tried to write a review, but nope. I just need to know how this is going to come out for us.

TheBookHippie Same. Sick to my stomach. 10mo
Booksnchill Hope Never Dies 10mo
BookishMarginalia I‘m feeling ill too. Florida is so freaking close 10mo
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Trashcanman I'm so hoping for a flip of both the house and senate! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheBookHippie @BookishMarginalia Hoping things go blue ... it‘s so much more than any one state. The stakes feel impossibly high. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Booksnchill I might have to read it again .... 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I know!!! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad for Tom Wolf and Bob Casey. NBC has called for them, so that‘s good. But I want the flip!! 10mo
CouronneDhiver So... any news? Good or bad, in your opinion? 10mo
Samplergal Omg I feel ya. Florida here! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CouronneDhiver Still nothing decisive as far as Republican (support Trump‘s policies) or Democrats (tell him he‘s wrong). A few wins on both sides. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Samplergal Nail biting for you!!! 10mo
Samplergal What‘s scary? Is that so many people voted for that idiot deSantis. Mini trump. He‘s so limited. Puppet strings from dc. And lil Marco is such a spineless tool. Ugh. 10mo
Lynnsoprano @Samplergal Terrible to be a Florida voter watching these returns. Feeling very discouraged right now. 10mo
CouronneDhiver I was reading about these elections a bit... seems like the structure (reps, senators, etc) of the unfilled roles isn‘t so different but the tallying is completely “other”. I‘ll have to tune in to the news later to find out how it ended up. 10mo
CoverToCoverGirl 🤞 here in Canada! 10mo
readordierachel I'm crossing my fingers so hard! 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I know, and how can they call even them with like 1% in? I‘ll never really understand it! But yes, nationally I‘m stressing out big time! 10mo
Prairiegirl_reading Working hard not to have a full on panic attack here in Canada. I can‘t even believe it‘s this close! 10mo
nu-bibliophile I'm doing the same thing here in California too. 10mo
Jennifer3 I am watching coverage and I am biting my nails! 10mo
Eggbeater I am insane right now. 10mo
nelehelen 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CouronneDhiver You‘re right, Senators and Reps both have similar roles in that they both try to pass laws. They‘re distributed throughout the country differently. Watching CNN and MSNBC would be confusing if you were unfamiliar. 😴 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @CoverToCoverGirl @Prairiegirl_reading One of my Canadian FB friends just posted that she doesn‘t understand how some of these races are so close. Because how can so many people be in favor of a party that seems to support hate (I.e., Republicans and Trump). I agree. What we really need to for Democrats to take control of the House—that‘s where any impeachment will start. 10mo
abbielistenstobooks I'm terrified. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @readordierachel @nu-bibliophile @Jennifer3 @Eggbeater @nelehelen Yes, my stomach‘s been in knots. Happy to see Kobach losing in Kansas! And more seats in the House going Dem. Still, FL results are killing me. 10mo
Jennifer3 Am in Arizona polls just closed an hour ago. The governor races make me think we are still so divided... but I keep trying to stay positive. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @abbielistenstobooks MSNBC is predicting that Dems will take the House. If they do, then impeachment can start. Not sure what chance it really has, though. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Jennifer3 I agree—I‘m trying to stay positive. I live in a red district that just got redrawn to a more red district. But I‘ve still worked for a blue candidate—even though we‘ve NEVER had a Democrat in the House. Not sure she can pull it out, even though the Republican is scummy. 10mo
BethM Looking ok for the house, senate was just called for GOP. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BethM Yeah ... if the House goes Dem, they will be in control of any and all investigations of the WH and GOP. That‘s really critical! 10mo
Tamra Thank you for your work!! 10mo
BethM Sure is! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra You‘re welcome. Sadly, my candidate didn‘t win. It was a tremendous campaign and uphill battle. She was nothing but classy and he was and is horrible and small-minded. I‘m not bitter, but just super bummed. 10mo
Tamra @BarbaraTheBibliophage I know! 💜 But your effort is very important. There is nothing worse than having an unopposed candidate. There is zero accountability then. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Tamra I‘m okay. I‘ve learned a TON from stepping up and being politically active. This was my first time to canvass and organize. It WON‘T be my last. Now we pivot and start to think 2020. After a short break ... 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m so sorry, same boat here. Glad for Casey & Tom Wolf, but our local candidates lost, by a lot, to their GOP counterparts in this red district too. I‘m disappointed too, because yes, they were some very different candidates & I‘m so sad the good guy didn‘t win. Seriously how much more can you get to a dairy farmer who donated some of his own land to Camp Victory that LOST to the guy that refused to shake his at a debate. 10mo
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Okay so here‘s the deal. I finally finished reading Torment from the Fallen Novel and today I am starting the third book. Passion. Last night while reading I had an anxiety attack . It took a lot out of me, I finished the book but I was still feeling like crap. I try to sleep but that definitely didn‘t happen. I finally caught some shut eye at 5am just to wake up at 5:30. Anxiety sucks!
Not letting it stop me. On to the next book!

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1) Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
2) Fries.
3) Fleetwood Mac.
4) Hi, Anxiety.

@jesshowbooks #FRIYAYINTRO

ErinGoBragh1011 Roger Rabbit Makes me think of my Grandfather. He loves that movie and had a crush on Jessica Rabbit. Lol 12mo
kstadt929 Oh that was one of my favorite movies, too! 12mo
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It‘s International Cat Day, my cat could care less! 🙂 #InternationalCatDay #catsoflitsy

Chasing_Pages Your cat looks a lot like my Luna. 13mo
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I took a #mentalhealth day from work today...I have an upcoming surgery in May (the soonest I they could schedule it) and it has been really taxing on my anxiety. Today I‘ve napped, read, and cuddled #Twinkle (who, as always, is super ladylike 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️😂). Everything will be okay, just not today. ❤️ #dogsoflitsy

mabell I hope everything goes well. ❤️ It's too hard to be ladylike and truly comfortable at the same time! 🐶😂 1y
PenguinInFlight @mabell thank you! ❤️ (And it really is, isn‘t it? 😂) 1y
Christine11 My dog Harvey lies the exact same way! 🤣 I hope everything goes well for you - I know how terrifying it is waiting for things like that 🌸 1y
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Samplergal ❤️ ❤️❤️❤️❤️mental health days are needed more than ever these days. Hope it helped. Looks like your dog helped. (What Would we do without them?) 1y
Reviewsbylola Anxiety is the worst. I‘m glad you were able to take a day to try to relax. 1y
AmyG Hope your day was just what you needed. Wishing you the best in May. And your dog...❤️ 1y
PenguinInFlight @Christine11 Thank you! ❤️I think it‘s mostly the wait and that I have time to imagine all sorts of things that could go wrong. It‘s a routine, although major, procedure, and I wish I could just have it done now and be on the mend! 1y
PenguinInFlight @Samplergal it did. I do feel better this evening. Thank you. ❤️Twinkle is such a sweetie - she knows when I‘m anxious and stays close to make sure I‘m okay. 1y
PenguinInFlight @Reviewsbylola isn‘t it though? Ugh. I usually have a pretty good handle on it, but today was not one of those days. Thank you! ❤️ 1y
PenguinInFlight @AmyG thank you! ❤️ It was. I do feel better this evening. She is such a good dog. I love her to pieces. 1y
JacqMac (((Hugs))) Anxiety is a bear. I hope everything goes well. 1y
hermyknee Sending positive vibes your way *hugs* 1y
Bklover Hope you got to relax and enjoy today! Maybe they will have a cancellation and your surgery can be moved up! I am not good at waiting- makes me cranky. ❤️ 1y
PenguinInFlight @JacqMac thank you! ❤️ 1y
PenguinInFlight @hermyknee thank you! ❤️ 1y
PenguinInFlight @Bklover I‘m not good at waiting either, clearly. LOL. I‘m really hoping they can move it up. Thank you! ❤️ I did. I feel calmer this evening, at least. ☺️ 1y
SandyW Good luck. Try to focus on the word routine... It could be comforting. (In other words, they know what they're doing, even if you don't.) 1y
PenguinInFlight @SandyW thank you! ❤️ That makes a lot of sense. ☺️My doctor said he‘s done hundreds upon hundreds of these in his career, and I can take comfort in that. 1y
Purrfectpages I hear struggling with anxiety! Hopefully snuggling with your fur buddy helps a bit! ❤️ 1y
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1. 31, but my daughter says I look 32.
2. Younger brother, who lives next door!
3. Elliott & Lucy, 7 & 9, Gryffindor & Hufflepuff
4. To the Lighthouse, Agnes Grey, The Fifth Season, Earthsea quartet
5. 🙄
6. 🙄
7. Desafortunadamente
8. My age. Contrary to my daughter‘s perception, most people think I‘m the babysitter.
9. 😼
10. Tea, please!
11. The tagged book or Enigma Variations
12. @Moray_Reads @vivastory if you want to play.


ooomeooo 1.) oh my, your daughter have some nerve 😆😂😎😎😎 (edited) 2y
julesG 8) ✋ same here. I'm so glad a few grey hairs have appeared at my temples. I had to show my ID twice last year, both times I tried buying a bottle of wine. 2y
LeahBergen One of my friend‘s students told her she looks like Jane Fonda in Grace and Frankie. Umm... she‘s a good 30 years older than my friend. 🤣😂 2y
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LauraBeth Nothing like kids to keep you humble 😂 and @LeahBergen if someone told me I looked like Jane Fonda that would make my day! 😀 2y
saresmoore @julesG Bring on the gray! Haha! 2y
saresmoore @Gyldholm She‘s what one might call “outspoken” at times. 😏 2y
saresmoore @LeahBergen My dad made the mistake of comparing my mom to Lily Tomlin from G&F. I mean, he‘s not wrong, but she did not appreciate him aging her 15 years or so. Jane Fonda, though...I agree with @LauraBeth, she‘s a babe! 2y
ooomeooo Haha! Amazing! ❤️ 2y
saresmoore @LeahBergen @LauraBeth Also, the fact that my dad is gay and didn‘t come out until later in life made it a double blow, I think. 😂 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore oh dear, it's all a bit on the nose in that case ? Years ago I was looking after my parents' house while they were having a new fireplace fitted and the workman asked if I was on school holidays, I said "Yes, but I'm one of the teachers"! @LeahBergen @julesG @LauraBeth 2y
LauraBeth @saresmoore I‘m just over here waiting for your memoir...😀💕 2y
Faibka “Desafortunadamente” love it! 😆 2y
Lcsmcat @Moray_Reads I once got asked for a hall pass from a substitute teacher at the MIDDLE SCHOOL where I taught. It was demoralizing then. I might welcome it now. 2y
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Very relatable, as someone who also has anxiety, depression, and PTSD. I admire her bravery at talking about her journey to recovery and hope to be as open about it as her one day.

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Book. Bath bomb. Wine. It has been one of those weeks, so I brought the whole bottle. I‘m finding that I have all the same irrational fears as Kat Kinsman. Weird or comforting? I‘m going with comforting.

ReadingSusan I should definitely read this. I would guess it‘s comforting to have the same weird fears as others? Like the fact that a lot of my sisters have the same weird medical fears I do comforts me. 2y
PenguinInFlight I need to read this, too. I always find it comforting when someone has the same anxieties as me - I‘m like “OH THANK GOD IT‘S NOT JUST ME!!” LOL. 💜 2y
LitLogophile Same 🙋🏻‍♀️ - books, bomb, full bottle and all. Mine is 2y
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JacqMac @ReadingSusan @PenguinInFlight I agree. I think there is great comfort in not being alone. 2y
JacqMac @LitLogophile Great minds. 👍 Enjoy! 2y
kspenmoll Thanks for the referral- sounds like a must read for me- 2y
CouronneDhiver I need to do the same this evening. I‘ve had it 2y
JacqMac @kspenmoll It‘s helping me to see how my anxiety effects the people around me. 2y
JacqMac @CouronneDhiver 👍 It helps. (edited) 2y
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I‘m feeling all the anxieties today. There is no reason. Sometimes it just likes to visit. So I‘m reading this. Why feel anxious alone, when you can share it with someone else?

mcipher Sending calm vibes!! I‘m in the same boat - random anxiety episodes this week. If you‘re into it, BEST yoga practice for anxiety I‘ve ever done: https://tinyurl.com/yd87fb4d I should do it again! Last time I was calm for like 3 days after. 2y
Jas16 Sending 💙 2y
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cobwebmoth Hugs! 2y
JacqMac @mcipher Thanks. I‘m going to give that a try. 2y
JacqMac @ReadOrDieRachel @Jas16 @cobwebmoth Thanks for the love. It helps. 2y
mcipher I hope it helps if you try it! 🤗 2y
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Anyone have any recommendations for books about anxiety? Could be memoir or self-help.

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MinDea I also love Augusten Burroughs too 2y
EvieBee This one just came out and it sounds awesome! I should be getting to it soon. Helps to know we aren‘t alone. 2y
AmyG My Age of Anxiety was an amazing book. Good recs @MinDea 2y
MinDea @EvieBee I was going to recommend that one too but could not remember the name and couldn't find it! 2y
Wbabdullah A great YA one that made me smile was 2y
Jabberwocky So not quite anxiety but this book really changed the way I looked at my anxiety and mental health issues. 2y
CareBear And this is why I love Litsy. You guys are the best ❤️ thanks so much @Jaberwocky @Wbabdullah @MinDea @AmyG @EvieBee I've stacked them all. 2y
Libby1 I read the tagged book to help my child. I know she's also written one called Freeing Yourself from Anxiety. Bless you. 🕊 2y
aschermetz I really love anything by Gabrielle Bernstein. I gained a lot of great coping skills from her books! 2y
LittleWonder It's not anxiety specific, but all of Brene Brown's books have helped me. Also Jen Sincero's "you are a badass" is a fun and helpful read. ? 2y
Lindy Also, something lighter but nonetheless helpful: 2y
Laalaleighh I don‘t but I really want that puzzle. Also I have panic disorder and can tell you from experience cognitive behavioral therapy helps a lot 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. She talks about struggles with anxiety and the book is hilarious. I also read her book Let's Pretend this Never Happened but I can't remember if she talked about it in that book but it was also very funny. 2y
CareBear Thanks so much everyone! I have a lot to check out now! @CoffeeCatsBooks @Lindy @LittleWonder @aschermetz @Libby1 2y
CareBear Isn't it great @Laalaleighh I had so much fun with this one. 2y
Laalaleighh It is! I‘m going to have to hunt it down and find one for myself! 2y
Centique @Laalaleighh amen to that. CBT has worked wonders in my family for anxiety disorder. 🙏💕 2y
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This is the story of one woman's battle with anxiety. I was slightly surprised at all the small anxieties she and I share, like talking on the telephone and driving ( or being driven) It takes courage to reveal your mental illness to the world. Anxiety isn't just being nervous or worrying sometimes. It's an awful, at times debilitating thing that can make one think they're crazy. Thank you Kat for shining a light on it.

EKonrad Preach. 😊 2y
Centique So true. I have a couple people in my life with debilitating anxiety. I‘ve got this on my TBR but it might be a bit too close to home to read right now 🤔 2y
Cortg Both my high school kids have anxiety. I'll have to read this, maybe it can help me as a parent at least understand some of it. 2y
minkyb Well said! 2y
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Anxiety is an insatiable fiend.

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Effexor. Exactly what it does.

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This book is first and foremost a memoir of a woman's life with Anxiety. It isn't a self-help manual in any way. Kinsman does a good job explaining what having anxiety is really like both physically and mentally. She chronicles her struggles and some things she has tried to help her cope. I found the author dismissive of various treatments that didn't work for her but could help others. Reading this made me more anxious. #anxiety #catsoflitsy

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"I'm Kat. I'm my Mumsie's daughter. We have anxiety.
But it doesn't have me."

Lacythebookworm Welcome to Litsy! 📚😊 2y
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Double pumpkin joy: pumpkin spice coffee and pumpkin cupcake with cream cheese frosting 😊🤓

vivastory Delicious! ☺ 👍 2y
SharonGoforth Yum!! 2y
JenReadsAlot Yum! 2y
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Wife 🎃🎃🎃 2y
TK-421 Yum! The pumpkin spice must flow! 2y
Linear I think I like the heart in the coffee better than I like the other design 2y
Puredragonstar Where do you guys get coffee like this???? I live in south Florida all we have is Starbucks 😑 2y
Pandareads37 Yummy. Wish I could find some pumpkin spice coffee right now. It would put me in a cool mood instead of dealing with the Orlando heat 2y
BookishMarginalia @Puredragonstar It's our lovely neighborhood indie bookstore, @TheBookmarkPR 💜 2y
Puredragonstar @BookishMarginalia it's so lovely! Sigh, we don't have any indie book stores down here. We just lost our used bookstore. I need to move!!! 2y
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This book just came in the mail today and I'm super excited to read it! Isn't the timing perfect? #readathon weekend! How many #readathons are going on?

LauraBrook I know, I think there are 3 or 4 thons this weekend. I feel less guilty about laying around and reading! Also, I should probably read this book myself, it sounds good and v v relatable. 2y
QuietlyLaura @LauraBrook I'll let you know how it goes. I got the paperback so I could also use it as a reference. 2y
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I really admire & appreciate Kat Kinsman's bravery & honesty about her anxiety. I think it's important for those who struggle with mental health issues to share their experiences. She says at the end of the book that it helps to talk about her anxiety because she feels less alone & spends less energy trying to hide. I fully support that! & for the record, I struggle with anxiety too.

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Day 4: notebooks/journals #riotgrams I own an absurd amount of journals/blank books, many of which have not yet been touched. The journals I currently have in use go to tracking what books I'm reading (or want to read) and my thoughts about whichever books I've just finished. Notebooks are nice to have on hand when reading a book I start to really love, like Hi, Anxiety, to write down whatever thoughts, revelations, inspirations may come.

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Got this Kindle deal this morning. I'm no stranger to anxiety myself and it's a comfort sometimes to know we are not alone. ❤️

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Does anyone else feel a bit anxious when looking at their TBR shelves? I haven't read any of these books yet and I have more upstairs!! Arghhh! That's it, I've banned myself from buying any more books till I make a serious dent!!! 😔📚😰

LeahBergen But they're so pretty! 😂 2y
Cinfhen No, not anxious but slight #bookenvy 💚 2y
Centique I know what you mean. Sometimes I have so many choices that I feel pressured - when am I going to finish them all?! It helps me to focus on just a half dozen at a time and try to forget the presence of the rest! 2y
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Caroline2 Yeah, I'm feeling pressured too! I got rid of all my DVDs to make room on the shelves for these books! I do like the look of em but now kinda wishing I'd left em hiding under the bed!!! 😂 2y
minkyb What I envy are your neat shelves. My TBR's are everywhere. 2y
Caroline2 Yeah it took me hours!!! And I still have piles in the bedroom! I need to stop buying books off eBay every time someone recommends something good!! 🙈 2y
ReadingEnvy I have them in different places in the house. 🤣 2y
Gayan @Caroline2 I am getting rid of most of my DVDs too. This will clear up a whole giant bookcase and then I will be even more anxious about my overwhelming TBR Pile. 2y
PandaPanda I'm the same! I'm trying to dedicate myself to finishing more I bought on my Kindle too because I never remember what is on there... 2y
christineandbooks I don't buy many books so my tbr is mostly just a list in my reading journal and it still makes me a little anxious! I can only imagine how your pretty shelf makes you feel! 2y
SaraFair Mine flow way over and are in stacks in front of the shelves! Gotta figure out how to make mine so neat looking. 2y
AJBowers I do! 2y
Bklover Your shelves are very comforting! I love the fact that I will most likely never run out of reading material. It makes me happy. 🌸 2y
Caroline2 Thanks for all the comments guys! Nice to know it's not just me!! 😆 2y
MyNamesParadise That's light compared to all of mine! 🙈🙈and I KEEP buying books 📚😭😭 2y
Caroline2 Ha!! It's so addictive isn't it! My brother was getting rid of a big bag of books yest so I came home with 6 more books!!! 📚 😮 DOH!! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
DivineDiana Is that all? 😀😉Join the Club! 2y
monkeygirlsmama I tried banning myself from buying, and instead began downloading freebies from Amazon and iBook. 😂 2y
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I had plans last night but am ready for my #litsypartyofone this morning!

hermyknee I have that mug!! 2y
Little_Reader That mug is awesome! 2y
CareBear @hermyknee @Little_Reader isn't it great? I think it's my favorite. That last line always makes me laugh. 2y
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This book was a memoir about anxiety and depression. It was good at times, about being open and finding strength in a community. But it generalized her symptoms as the ones everyone has a bit, which I did not love. Not my fav memoir about living with mental illness but still interesting.


The only thing that would have made this book even better: more bunny pictures! As it is, the book itself is very good. I was getting anxious on Kinsman's behalf just in the introduction. Recommended.

Gezemice Bunny pictures are the best!!!🐰🐰🐰 2y
Laura317 Adding it! It's nice knowing I'm not alone in dealing with anxiety. 2y
rabbitprincess @Gezemice Sadly there were only bunnies on the front and back cover. Speaking of bunny pictures, do you follow The Daily Bunny? SO CUTE 😄🐰 @Laura317 Yes, it was reassuring to read about her experiences (especially being afraid of driving). 2y
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Gezemice @rabbitprincess No, where? Sounds cute! 2y
Gezemice @rabbitprincess Thanks! Very cute! 👍😍🐰🐰🐰 2y
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Both @Well-ReadNeck and @LauraBrook had posts tagging this book, and when I saw the cute bunny on the cover I HAD to request it from the library!
#marchintoreading day 5: blame it on Litsy

LauraBrook Hah! Well, I hope you like it! 😂 2y
rabbitprincess @LauraBrook It does sound interesting even without the bunny on the cover! 😉 The bit in the blurb about not wanting to make decisions in case you make the wrong one? 🙋🏻 2y
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I have felt like I have been on the brink of a panic attack all afternoon/evening trying to deal with the fact that my final OB rotation of the year is here (unfortunately a part of my training despite my lack of interest in doing it as it requires lots of procedures in high-stress situations). I just hope that my nerves will chill out after a day or two getting back into the groove of the work flow. At least I'm not starting on nights this time!

britt_brooke Good luck! You got this! 💪🏻 2y
Texreader Best and warm wishes for a successful day tomorrow! 2y
CouronneDhiver You've totally got this! 👍🏽 2y
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OrangeMooseReads 🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀 2y
asiriusreader You got this!! 😉👍🏻 2y
ReadingSusan Sending lots of good thoughts! 2y
Dragon Remember to breathe, you've worked hard for this , you're ready 🤗 2y
Suzze You will rock it! 2y
DebinHawaii You can do it!! 👍👍😀 2y
kylienoele You've got this!! 2y
pppooraikul I hate OB-GYN rotation too! 😂 But you can do this! Just relax and don't panic. You'll be great! ❤💪🏼❤ 2y
MyNamesParadise Good luck!! You got this!! 2y
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I could relate to a lot of the ideas Kinsman puts out there relating to anxiety. Thankfully mine is not as severe as hers but I am comforted by the stories from others. This is funny and heartfelt. Definitely worth a read. The audio is great! #readwomen #anxietyalliance

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🙌🏼 #boutofbooks

Megabooks I feel my fear of driving is very rational. 3y
KarenaFagan @Ebooksandcooks Same! And she goes into it. She's not really saying they're irrational fears. Only to others. (edited) 3y
Tamarity I'm not alone! 3y
Eastbriar Yes, same! 3y
ReadingSusan Just turning left for me. 3y
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This is so true. #anxietylies #boutofbooks

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This books gets me. I'm only on page 19, but so many things I relate to. #anxiety #boutofbooks

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Been dealing with some heightened anxiety lately and it's made me retreat into myself (and my books) to the point where I haven't even been able to go through Litsy. I promise to be back in A+ form soon. But I found this and I thought if there were any social media community that would understand this, it'd be y'all. 💖

Hollie I needed to see this today. 3y
Kmmsellers Thank you for sharing this. I've been dealing with heightened anxiety this week. Needed this. ❤️ 3y
InLibrisVeritas I've been dealing with it this week as well. Take the time you need. We understand 💚 3y
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Twocougs You're not alone! We're here for you 3y
hwheaties I love this and understand. Happy reading. 3y
tjwill Wow, I relate to that! Thanks for sharing. I hope your anxiety lessens throughout this week. 3y
minkyb Be well sending hugs. 3y
shanebeth aw, bless you. 💗 3y
LiteraryinLititz Be kind to yourself, however you are feeling in the moment. Sending calming thoughts! 3y
Nonaroo Lots of hugs to you. 💕💕 3y
asiriusreader Sending you positive thoughts and virtual hugs. 💗 3y
LibrarianJen I'm going through this as well. It's the season for it I guess. 💖 hang in there! 3y
Laura317 We care and some of us can certainly relate. Take care of yourself. Hugs!💕💕 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I was a bit out myself lately... making an effort to get back into Litsy and back into my books. 3y
Nebklvr Sometimes there is just a need to regroup...and sometimes I look at it as my gift to humanity to do so. Dear humanity: sometimes you just need to let it be....😘 3y
Lizpixie Totally get it. Hugs & love from Australia.💚💛💚💛 3y
Soubhiville Yes! This describes how I feel sometimes too! I hope you feel better soon! 3y
ReadingEnvy I love how Litsy doesn't keep track of what you haven't seen, no flags or numbers of posts unread, so when you come back you can start fresh with no pressure. We will be here. 3y
PenguinInFlight Big hugs! 💗💗 I totally get it...I feel this way sometimes, too. Take all the time you need, my friend. Litsy will be here for you. ☺ 3y
JacqMac Been there. ❤ 3y
VeryLazyDaisy I wish I could not relate to this so well! 3y
Cinfhen That's a beautiful passage 😊thanks for sharing and lots of hugs 🤗 totally get it 🙏🏻 3y
arlenefinnigan ❤ look after yourself x 3y
LitHousewife I absolutely get it. Take care of yourself. We'll be here when you're ready. 🤗 3y
MicheleinPhilly Wow. That poem is 👌🏼 and unfortunately something I can definitely relate to. 😔 Be well, we're not going anywhere. ❤ 3y
LauraBrook I've been feeling this way a lot lately. You're in good company! Just take your time, we're here for whenever you're up for it again. 😘 3y
Suet624 Holding you close in my heart...💞 3y
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This is night #2 of insomnia and panic. Don't know if it's real clarity or a hallucination, but tonight I figured out that I think I have some big time anxiety issues. Like, way more than I thought. If I need to be up and out of the house earlier than my body is used to? Can't sleep. New thing coming up? Same. Bad weather on the way? You guessed it.
I took a lorazepam an hour ago & I'm still the same. Any advice that works for you? I'm going 😨!

the_alternate_ending_library Lavender oil and a hot bath ❤ 3y
Texreader A melatonin helps fall asleep. Valerian helps you stay asleep. I've had insomnia for a few years now and an ear nose throat doctor advised me to take these. You can get them at Whole Foods. I've quit taking them as of late. Insomnia is my Litsy time. 😉 My insomnia now rarely lasts more than an hour. 3y
BookishFeminist I'm seconding @the_alternate_ending_library. Hot bath w/lavender actually signals your body for sleep by elevating body temp & relaxing your brain. Longer term I really recommend seeing your psychiatrist- I wouldn't trade my prescription sleeping pill/antidepressant for anything bc of how effective it is. My benzo does nothing to help me sleep. I hope you can get some rest!! 😴💙 (edited) 3y
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Lizpixie I totally feel for you. I've just come to terms with the fact my anxiety has gotten bad, my stomach is in knots all the time, insomnia is killing me & all of it is making my neuropathy & pain so much worse. I constantly have a low level buzz of worry about how sick I am, which of course, makes me sicker. Having this community to talk to & distract me from it with book talk has helped a great deal. I wish I could fix you, just know you're not alone 3y
Libby1 (((Hugs))) 3y
Godmotherx5 If it's really bad or I'm up because of pain, I try meditation. I found YouTube videos that talk me down & relax me. I've fallen asleep to this one: https://youtu.be/OoM57Z8dRUY 3y
ValkyrieAndHerBooks A Lavender oil bath and Kava tea(Yogi Tea has some good varieties) followed with a book on tape with the lights off (something you've read listened to before so you aren't worried about missing something) Anything by Sarah Addison Allen is my go to. Good luck! 3y
LauraJ A consistent bedtime routine is important. Sleepy Time tea is nice. But getting at the root cause of your anxiety is the only permanent solution. @BookishFeminist is right seeing a psychiatrist and finding a good therapist/social worker will give you the best odds for controlling the anxiety. 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I listen to British panel/quiz shows (on YouTube but with the screen down so that I don't become tempted to watch) I live the range of accents on display on shows like Mock the Week, 8 out of 20 Cats and QI (I really like that these last two shows I've mentioned have really started to embrace having female comedians and actresses on the show). I sometimes find journaling quite useful - it doesn't have to be coherent- stream of consciousness is 👌 3y
Lindy A consistent bedtime routine, as @LauraJ mentioned, which can include some of the other suggestions made here, plus writing in a journal before bed. Write down anything specific that you are worried about, then close the covers on it. Best wishes to you going forward. 3y
ReadingEnvy Also cutting out caffeine after a certain part of the day as it can aggravate/heighten by adding similar body activity to anxiety like heart racing and obsessive detail focus. 3y
Notafraidofwords Bad weather completely makes me anxious, so I get it! 3y
rachellayown All of these are excellent ideas, but I'll throw in another. My yoga teacher advises putting away your phone about an hour before going to bed. When I don't do it and am on my phone until I try to sleep, I tend to wrestle with insomnia. The light from the phone messes with your melanoma levels, which effects sleep. Plus it wakes your brain in a different way than reading does. I w 3y
rachellayown Oops didn't mean to send that yet... I was amazed how well that actually works. Best of luck! 3y
EloisaJames Reading a boring book! I'm serious. Something that just drones along, and force your attention on it. 3y
LitHousewife I'm so sorry. I am very familiar with that situation. For me, just having Klonopin (sp?) on hand helps me. It calms me down within 30 minutes, so I know that if I take it I'll get back to sleep. Knowing that is often enough for me to go back to sleep on my own. I wish you well. I'm going to try everyone else's advice, too. 3y
LauraBeth I hope you were finally able to get some sleep 😴 I'm just popping in here to say I like your new profile pic 😀 3y
JDHawkins Im sorry youre going through this! From a very practical standpoint, I have klonopin on hand and take Effexor daily for my anxiety. That being said, the book The Worry Trick had some amazing real life advice. I feel like it helped me to accept the fear and thus neuter it, if that makes sense. 3y
saresmoore I have panic disorder, so I feel you on this! I use essential oil blends, completely quit coffee, yoga, breathing techniques, etc. But what helped the most was reading up on anxiety & panic to understand what's actually happening in my brain and body—then learning to love myself and take care of myself! Surprisingly, reading up on codependency has been indispensable. (I grew up codependent, am just now working through it.) Prayers & hugs for you! 3y
Reviewsbylola I have a panic disorder too and it is rough. I have been doing so much better the past few years but I'm currently having a flare up and it sucks. A lot of time a xanax will work for me in the moment but also reading/Litsy/shopping online for books and also cuddling with my husband or kids can really help. I hope you get some relief. 3y
Reviewsbylola Also something that also helps me sometimes is trying not to fight it. Just letting the anxiety wash over me. 3y
[DELETED] 3216391035 Oh, I so feel where you're at right now-been battling this myself for a few years. Journaling, reading, and getting outside (yes, even in our crazy winters) really helps. Knowing I'm not alone helps, too. 3y
Nebklvr Do you like yoga? I am crap at meditating but yoga helps 3y
Readerann Hope you're feeling better, my dear. I am pretty lousy at sleeping, but I do love meditation for controlling/preventing anxiety. 3y
Lynnsoprano A gratitude journal really helped me. I'm in the same boat right now. Dealing with some medical issues and anxiety is making it worse, but it's hard to relax. Luckily, melatonin usually helps me sleep. 3y
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Finished this last night - just under the wire to be #nonfictionnovember And, I very nearly finished without crying from recognition. 😪 Nearly. A great memoir that would be great for anyone with anxiety or with someone close to them who suffers from anxiety to read. Spot on. But, of course, it made me a bit anxious 😬

MidnightBookGirl Well, I guess I'll have to think of another title for my memoirs. 3y
rabbitprincess Eeee! A bunny on the cover! 🐰 The book sounds interesting too. 3y
MyNamesParadise I'm always anxious- life with GAD...stacking this one! 3y
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some of my most recent book purchases 📚
#latestbookishbuys #photoadaynov16

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Just a few pages in reading in awe of her honesty about her anxiety ,also hysterically laughing at her description of her behavior .One thing I realize can not read this book in public due to loud uncontrollable laughter,

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& continuing on with the #booktober theme of today, here are two more (hopefully) #memorablememoirs out this November that I can't wait for 📚

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