LEIGH FORBES: Books of all Sorts

Making Friends with Anxiety: a warm, supportive little book to help ease worry and panic


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.


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