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A Beginner's Guide to Losing Your Mind: How to Be Normal in Your Twenties with Anxiety and Depression Paperback – May 2, 2017
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"This is a funny, brutal, kind, sobering, remarkably brave and clear-eyed book. Compelling and necessary." - Warren Ellis, author of Normal, Gun Machine and Transmetropolitan
"This book isn't just brilliantly written and welcoming in its tone; it's honest, practical and important. It is going to help so many people - including friends and family who desperately want to help a loved one but don't know how." - Emma Gannon, author and podcast host of Ctrl, Alt, Delete
"Emily Reynolds is a brilliant writer on an important subject. And hilarious too. I need to go and do another thing now, which is annoying, cos I can't stop reading this brilliant, brilliant book." - Adam Rutherford, author and presenter of Radio 4's Inside Science
About the Author
Emily Reynolds is a writer/broadcaster from London. She has written about mental health, feminism, sex, science and tech for Observer, VICE, Wired UK, etc., blogged extensively about mental health and sits on the National Lottery's Youth Leadership Panel.
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Reynolds writes of her personal story and advice for people in their 20s who are managing mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression. I completely understand her description of disassociative thoughts during anxiety (been there), diagnosis as being a frightening yet enlightening first step toward understanding one's condition (yeah, pretty much), and the critical importance of self-care - on the inside, outside, your environment, and relationships, along with issues of confidence, relapse, and self-doubt. The author's voice is clear, upfront, and unapologetically poignant as she describes her full timeline of symptoms, diagnoses, and the difficulty of acknowledging personal difficulty.