A Brief History of Anxiety: Yours and Mine by Patricia Pearson (55)

Books on depression abound, but no one has yet tacked a book length the insidious, unnamed dissolution that anxiety disorders induce in the people who suffer with them. There is a lot of fear today in our culture. the politics of fear, the culture of ear, the fear of fear even. And all of this leads to high anxiety living and being, even for those people who are not high anxiety.

However, fear and anxiety are not the same experiences. It is actually anxiety that defines our culture much more than fear, Pearson believes. What is about our culture that is paralyzing people with anxiety? Pearson offers some surprising answers in this book, as well as inspiring solutions based on her own fierce battle to drive the beast of anxiety away.

Drawing on personal episodes of incapacitating dread as a vivid, often comical guide to her quest, Pearson delves into the history and geography of anxiety. Why are North Americans so much more likely to suffer than Latin Americans?  Why did Darwin treat his hypochondria with sprays from a hose? Why have we forgotten the insights of some of our greatest philosophers, theologians and psychologists in favor of prescribing addictive drugs?

Pearson is brave enough to confess that inside she is often still screaming like a girl, and insightful enough to write us a prescription for our anxiety that doesn’t involve a pharmaceutical company and gets at the essence of what is so frightening about the way we live.

The world is inscribing anxiety in us?  Do you have to be puppeteers and do what the culture is dictating over and over again?



About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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