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An anxious layman's researches into his own and others' anxiety,
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This review is from: My Age of Anxiety (Hardcover)
Scott Stossell who is deeply anxious - the book opens with a memorable description of his anxieties about vomiting, fainting and so on during his marriage ceremony - has spent 8 years he says reading everythIng about anxiety he can lay hands on and synthesising the results - into this book.
To summarise his conclusions in reverse order: there' a strong genetic component to anxiety but it's a predisposition either for or against an anxious life - and anxiety can be an evolutionary advantage sometimes; there are factors to do with child care and the growth of love - and there is Interesting research on what it does to parenting if food us unreliable and hard to find and on the ongoing effects of these things in future generations; and yes it does all have to do with brain chemistry but this too is not simple - drugs can make mist people a bit better but the history of their discovery is all a bit random and you can in cny event also change your brain through eg meditation. And then of course there is performance anxiety in war and on the stage - and the author's own problems with his nervous stomach.
This was an interesting book thoroughly researched from which I learned a good deal. Though I did feel that at 337 pages of text, it was quite long...