Freaking Out: Real-life Stories About Anxiety

Freaking Out: Real-life Stories About Anxiety


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When anxiety has you in its grip, it can seem impossible to rationalize your way out of it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554515448
Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 1,101,953
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

Polly Wells is a writer and video producer. She produced the documentary film The Age of Anxiety. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two teenage children.

Peter Mitchell is an award-winning illustrator whose work can be found in the LA Times and The Globe and Mail. He is also the illustrator of i.d.: Stuff that Happens to Define Us. Peter lives in Toronto with his family. Visit his website at

Stacie Isenberg, PsyD, is the Child and Adolescent Program Director at The Ross Center in Washington, DC, an institution renown for providing evidence-based treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, specifically cognitive and behavioral therapies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Am I Freaking Out? 1

Heavy Losses Celia 4

After my father died, I developed an intense fear of losing everything.

Exiled Alana 12

Ostracized, I was locked in thoughts of unworthiness, sure I'd never fit in.

The Enemy Next Door Noah 22

My unexplained fear of dogs was messing with my laid-back style.

Count Me Out Briony 30

I had no idea why I was so afraid of numbers and concepts of space and time.

Stuck Gita 38

Once I knew I had an anxiety disorder, I could finally get help.

Applause Ben 48

My identity depended on being the center of attention.

(Dis)Comfort Zone Neema 56

Hiding my true self: that was how I coped with being different.

Changing Course Ollie 66

When I couldn't get out of bed for days on end, I knew something had to change.

Nowhere to Hide Caroline 74

You know the jitters you get before giving a speech? I always felt that way.

Nothing but the Best Leila 84

I had to learn that it was okay not to be good at everything.

Obsessions Steven 92

Drug addiction didn't get rid of my anxiety; it made it worse.

The Bathroom Chronicles Stacey 102

My severe stomach pain was a clear sign that I had to find ways to chill out.

War Story Hamid 112

Being separated from my family when I was just sixteen triggered years of chronic anxiety.

Afterword 123

Resources 126

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