by Sarah Rayner.
The first in Sarah Rayner’s “Making Friends” series, this wonderful little, clearly written, guide to anxiety is perfect for anyone struggling with fear and/or panic.
Rayner breaks down A.N.X.I.E.T.Y. into its component parts (one per chapter) meaning that each aspect can be addressed in a bite-sized chunk, and without overwhelming the reader with a mass of information. She goes into just the right amount of detail to allow you to make informed decisions, covering: the chemistry of anxiety; the impact of negative thinking; the individual nature of anxiety; the role of imagination; the questionable value of coping mechanisms (I found this section particularly helpful); the need for patience; and how to better understand, and care for, yourself.
As with “Making Friends with Depression” (which I highly recommend too), reading this book is like having a wise and experienced friend sitting across the kitchen table, empathising with you and supporting you with sensible ideas.
Note: while I subsequently worked with this author on a number of different titles, I had already read and reviewed this book before meeting her.