Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety (Paperback) by Smith Daniel
For years Daniel Smith suffered from bouts of acute anxiety extended episodes without any apparent cause that seized control of his body and mind leaving him an emotional wreck. Sleep was impossible and headaches and nausea haunted his days. Anxiety threatened his sanity and jeopardized his relationships. He had a prestigious job a comfortable apartment and caring friends-but according to his therapists nothing seemed to be wrong. Now in paperback Monkey Mind is the story of how one man finally learned to live with-and laugh at-his own anxiety issues. Smith shares his own hilarious and heart-wrenching story from his first severe episode at age sixteen to his discovery of the author Philip Roth who made anxiety seem noble to his first job which nearly drove him to distraction to his struggle to give up the endless cycle of hand-wringing angst in order to keep the love of his life. Through medication endless psychoanalysis self-imposed isolation and meditation Smith finally makes peace with his restless mind and becomes the husband and father he longs to be. Whether you suffer from clinical anxiety or an overdose of modern life in our 'Age of Anxiety' Monkey Mind's combination of wit candour and serious advice will help you live in the moment instead of inside your own head.