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Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety

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A wildly acclaimed New York Times bestseller, this uplifting, smart, and funny memoir provides hope and understanding to the 40 million Americans who suffer from anxiety disorders.

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.

Smith was not alone. More than 40 million American adults suffer from some type of anxiety disorder, the country’s most common psychiatric malady. As a nation, we spend more than $42 billion every year treating these disorders. Yet anxiety is rarely discussed in the media or in our homes, and we do our best to keep these perils inside our own heads.

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, candor, and serious advice will help you live in the moment instead of inside your own head.

Review:

“I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity. Daniel Smith’s anxiety is matched by a wonderful sense of the comic, and it is this which makes Monkey Mind not only a dark, pain-filled book but a hilariously funny one, too. I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Oliver Sacks, bestselling author of The Mind’s Eye and Musicophilia

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“This book will change the way you think about anxiety….Daniel Smith's writing dazzled me….Painful experiences are described with humor, and complex ideas are made accessible….Monkey Mind is a rare gem.” People

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Monkey Mind is fleet, funny, and productively exhausting.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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“Superb writing [and] marvelous humor....If you're chronically anxious and want to better explain to a loved one what you're going through, hand them Monkey Mind.” Ben Greenman, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity....I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.

Synopsis:

Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity. . . . I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.

About the Author

Daniel Smith is the author of Muses, Madmen, and Prophets and a contributor to The Atlantic, New York magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Slate. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Heather G, July 12, 2013 (view all comments by Heather G)
They say that 3 in 10 Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder, but even if you aren't prone to full-blown panic attacks, as the author is, you will relate to his vivid, usually hilarious descriptions of angst. From mortifying early sexual experiences, to choking under pressure at work, the tales of woe in this funny memoir will certainly entertain. But the book is also pretty helpful at giving a humane perspective, and just may help you cut yourself some slack next time you are freaking out with worry!
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Heather G, July 12, 2013 (view all comments by Heather G)
They say that 3 in 10 Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder, but even if you aren't prone to full-blown panic attacks, as the author is, you will relate to his vivid, usually hilarious descriptions of angst. From mortifying early sexual experiences, to choking under pressure at work, the tales of woe in this funny memoir will certainly entertain. But the book is also pretty helpful at giving a humane perspective, and just may help you cut yourself some slack next time you are freaking out with worry!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781439177310
Author:
Smith, Daniel
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Psychology : General
Subject:
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
Subject:
Daniel Smith, Monkey Mind, anxiety, disorder, humor, Aaron Beck, doctor, psychotherapy, Neurologist, best selling, memoir, sexual side effects, therapy, mental, anxious, diagnosis, clinical, midication, treatment, panic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.38 x 5.5 in

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Product details 224 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9781439177310 Reviews:
"Review" by , “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity. Daniel Smith’s anxiety is matched by a wonderful sense of the comic, and it is this which makes Monkey Mind not only a dark, pain-filled book but a hilariously funny one, too. I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.”
"Review" by , “This book will change the way you think about anxiety….Daniel Smith's writing dazzled me….Painful experiences are described with humor, and complex ideas are made accessible….Monkey Mind is a rare gem.”
"Review" by , Monkey Mind is fleet, funny, and productively exhausting.”
"Review" by , “Superb writing [and] marvelous humor....If you're chronically anxious and want to better explain to a loved one what you're going through, hand them Monkey Mind.”
"Synopsis" by , Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity....I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.
"Synopsis" by , Daniel Smith’s Monkey Mind is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. Aaron Beck, the most influential doctor in modern psychotherapy, says that “Monkey Mind does for anxiety what William Styron’s Darkness Visible did for depression.” Neurologist and bestselling writer Oliver Sacks says, “I read Monkey Mind with admiration for its bravery and clarity. . . . I broke out into explosive laughter again and again.” Here, finally, comes relief and recognition to all those who want someone to put what they feel, or what their loved ones feel, into words.
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