When You’re In a Flock, You’re Not Alone

All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017. 9781785921827.

In this short book, a compassionate and conversational description of what it feels like to live with anxiety is paired with pictures of birds to illustrate each emotion and physical symptom. It doesn’t sound like much from that description, but each statement starts with “we” and tugs you toward compassion for people having to face this kind of struggle with their thoughts, especially if you’re one of those who struggle. There are some simple suggestions on how to cope and lessen the effects of anxiety, but I think this book is most useful as a way for someone to recognize anxiety in themselves or a loved one and to feel less alone. (For a more practical and in-depth self-help approach, I recommend the phonebook sized Anxiety and Phobia Workbook.)

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