That’s the kind of thinking that can happen to someone who has clinical anxiety. Daniel Smith, who suffers from this very thing, describes his experience in his new book, Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety.
Anxiety isn’t a condition like pneumonia or chicken pox. It isn’t something you can eradicate. It’s a state of being, a coloration in the way a person thinks, feels, and acts. It isn’t a disorder, necessarily, though it can be exquisitely painful and it does sometimes stem from trauma. What it is, is a state of mind. It can be reduced, in some cases radically, but it never totally goes away.
Do you suffer from anxiety? What sets you off? What happens? How do you cope?
- Daniel Smith: Author of Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety