My Age of Anxiety
A riveting, revelatory and moving account of one man's battle with anxiety, and a history of the efforts to understand the condition by scientists, philosophers, artists, and writers, from Freud to Hippocrates and from Samuel Johnson to Charles Darwin.
"Unflinchingly honest and written in an accessible style...This is a courageous, entertaining and well-researched book about a condition that is thought to currently affect 15 percent if people in the UK." Independent "[A] vivid, smart exploration of the history of anxiety. Stossel tackles genetics, nature and nurture, drug development, and changing medical and philosophical attitudes with the lightest of touches." Marie Claire "[A] courageous and hilarious journey to the edge of insanity...Stossel's patient, conscientious uncertainty contains more wit and sensitivity than a hundred manifestos...an immense achievement." Sunday Telegraph "Fascinating and hugely entertaining. An intense, incredibly brave narrative tinged with moments of outright hilarity, it's impossible to put down." -- Ben Mezrich "For anyone who wants to know all about anxiety from a dazzlingly honest sufferer's perspective, it's hard to imagine a better book than this." BBC Focus magazine
Scott Stossel is the editor of The Atlantic. Previously, he was the executive editor of The American Prospect. He is also the author of Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver. A graduate of Harvard, he lives with his family in Washington DC.