Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US. About 31% of US adults have experienced any anxiety disorder at least some time in their lives. So, let’s talk about anxiety. Here are 3 books about living with anxiety disorders.

3 Books about Living With Anxiety Disorders to Read.
3 Books about Living With Anxiety Disorders to Read.
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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness worldwide. Just in the US, anxiety disorders affect over 40 million adults. But, anxiety disorders can affect people of any age.

Anxiety disorders are hard to struggle with, because they can interfere with daily activities. As the most common mental disorder worldwide, it is important to raise awareness.

So here are 3 books about living with two of the most common anxiety disorders-panic disorder and generalized anxiety.

Book About Living With Anxiety Disorders #1: On Edge

On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety, a Book about living with anxiety disorders.
On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety, a Book about living with anxiety disorders.
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This book is an autobiographical memoir, by Andrea Petersen, a science and health reporter. She was a student in college when she started experimenting with anxiety disorders, mostly with a panic attack disorder. In her book, she offers an honest account of living with anxiety disorders.

On Edge: a Journal Through Anxiety is a book that offers a description of the biology of anxiety. This is a realistic book about living with anxiety disorders. It perfectly describes the overwhelming dread and agonizing process of struggling with something that doesn’t have a perfect cure.

Book About Living With Anxiety Disorders #2: Anxiety As An Ally

Anxiety as an Ally: How I Turned a Worried Mind into My Best Friends. A book about living with anxiety disorders to read.
Anxiety as an Ally: How I Turned a Worried Mind into My Best Friends. A book about living with anxiety disorders.
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This is a self-help book, written by Dan Ryckert. Ryckert was diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder in 2003 after having his first panic attack on New Year’s Day. He then started learning how to channel anxiety disorders.

In this book, Ryckert offers methods to deal with anxiety disorders. This is a book about learning to see anxiety disorders and its symptoms as challenges. Then, we can take those challenges to improve ourselves.

Book About Living With Anxiety Disorders #3: Hi, Anxiety

Hi, Anxiety: Life With a Bad Case of Nerves, A book about living with anxiety disorder to read.
Hi, Anxiety: Life With a Bad Case of Nerves, A book about living with an anxiety disorder.
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This is book is an autobiography memoir by Kat Kinsman, a food writer, and editor. Kinsman grew up, and still lives with, a generalized anxiety disorder. This book has an intense, funny, and painful narration. Kinsman has an incredible ability to tell the story of living with generalized anxiety deeply.

Hi, Anxiety is a book that embraces and portraits living with anxiety disorders from a young age. It is a realistic tale of how health systems are not aware of mental disorders. Anxiety disorder was undiagnosed for Kat. It was treated as a nervousness when it was actually a generalized anxiety disorder, with depressive episodes. This book shares a story that is common in the world.


I was 6 years old when I experienced my first panic attack. At that moment, it seemed to be just a phase of nervousness. But, the situation continued. Two years later, I developed a phobia to cats. I was 14 years old when I was diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder.

For me, these are books that make me feel related to. Books showed me that there are millions of people struggling with anxiety disorders. We all have the same and unique challenge: learn to live with anxiety. If you are struggling with anxiety disorders, I hope these books can be helpful for you. Stay strong and start finding a way to live with your anxiety.