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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

My Anxiety Handbook | BOOK REVIEW

An easy-to-read handbook full of pictures and clear descriptions, aimed at young people who suffer with anxiety.

My Anxiety Handbook by Sue Knowles, Bridie Gallagher and Phoebe McEwen.

I loved this book. Okay not in that way because quite frankly, I wish we didn't need this books in the first place!

Aimed at young adults aged 12-18 and differing from all other YA books with mental health themes running through it, this one actually HELPS. And by saying that, I don't mean all the others don't help, I mean it's an actual guide to anxiety. For example, it includes chapters on:

- Understanding where my anxiety comes from
- Tackling worries
- School, college and exam stress

These are just a few but each one is written in a clear, friendly way. All the scientific bits are written in a way that any young person could understand. 

There's no negativity in this guide. It's all about doing what you got to do to get through the day. No-one is blamed (not even the parents); it's not the that type of book.

I think anyone who has suffered from anxiety, including adults, would find this book useful. It's the type of book you could easily dip in and out, using the chapters you need the most. That's how I read it actually. I usually don't do this but I skipped forward to the chapters I was interested in and then went back and read it properly, since I was reviewing it I thought i'd better!

I really wish there were books like this around when I was younger, as I'd loved to have had a copy, not only because I was a bit of a book worm but also because I think back then, Anxiety wasn't really known to kids. It was a word you'd only seen in medical books. 
Now it's a word you see all over the internet and that's GREAT! Any book promoting and helping overcome mental health problems is a good book in my eyes.

It will be available to buy from the 18th January 2018. If you're interested in giving this a read yourself or buying it for your child, check out Jessica Kingsley Publishers to grab a copy for £12.99.

Is this a book you would consider buying for your child? Let me know in the comments and we shall discuss! 

*I received this book from Jessica Kingsley Publishers via Netgalley. All reviews by myself are honest and unbiased.


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