I’m kind of backed up on reading, but I really love opening this book of collection of essays, lists, comics, illustrations and just reading one at a time whenever I get a chance.
•••• I’m kinda open about my anxiety, but only my family and some of my friends know the true extent of it. I suffer from anxiety that can get crippling sometimes. It’s irrational and sometimes dumb (for me) because an anxiety attack would hit me out of nowhere of for most mundane reasons. Like, once, whilst at work—working the registers, I had a big anxiety attack, and I felt the effects of it until the next day. Sometimes I’ll want to do something, go somewhere, but I might not end up doing the thing because my anxiety prevents me from doing. Some might say that I’m giving power to anxiety, but it isn’t as simple as saying, “I won’t get anxiety out of going so and so place.” There’s also the fact that my anxiety manifests in a very uncomfortable way that messes with my mind. But, some days it’s easier, sometimes for long period of times, it feels like it’s getting better. If I’m going somewhere I try to plan it out, check out the place where I’m going, take my car because I can leave when I feel particularly anxious. Little things that help on the day-to-day. And this is just a small dose of it, but my reason for sharing this is to say I’m here, I feel this, and books like (Don’t) Call Me Crazy are needed. They let people know they’re not alone, that there are others who understand.