Dear Mom & Dad, I HAVE ANXIETY: A Book For Parents From A Child’s Perspective, by Corine Toren
Despite what we may believe, anxiety is not a disease of the 21st century. Pathological anxiety has always existed in humans: Hippocrates is believed to be the first to describe – in “The Hippocratic Corpus” (460 BC – 370 AD)- the phobia of one of his patients, who apparently suffered from “social anxiety”.
The literature available is extensive: philosophers, neurologists and even novelists widely wrote about anxiety –Søren Kierkegaard wrote “The Concept of Anxiety“ in 1884, Sigmund Freud followed with “The Problem of Anxiety” in 1936, and Franz Kafka who explored themes of alienation and described his own anxiety as “the feeling of having in the middle of my body a ball of wool that quickly winds itself up, its innumerable threads pulling from the surface of my body to itself”.
noun | anx·i·ety | \aŋ-ˈzī-ə-tē\
an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting over 40 million adults. According to the National Institute of Mental Health around 2.6 million adolescents (age 13 to 18) have experienced some sort of anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, and a wide collection of recent researches suggest that anxiety and unhappiness among young people are growing.
Dear Mom & Dad, I Have Anxiety by Corine Toren is a unique book, that gives a glimpse of what it’s like to be a child struggling with anxiety. Written in a fresh, young style, this book offers an inviting mix of personal experiences and smart advice for parents about what to do during their children’s toughest and most anxiety driven moments.
I am an anxious person myself and I can see a lot of my story into Corine’s. Anxiety can be tough to deal with but if you learn how to “use” it, it becomes your best tool. Turn your weakness into strength: a sharp mind and attention for details will be your best skills.
Today, living with anxiety is not so abnormal –“some people are allergic to peanuts, some have an anxious mind. It’s not the end of the world” – and if you suffer from anxiety you need to know that you are not alone.
Are you part of the “anxious tribe”? If so, what’s being anxious mean for you? Feel free to share your experience down in the comments.
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