When Anxiety Attacks
32 pages, 7 x 9
full-colour illustrations throughout
Release Date:21 Oct 2015

When Anxiety Attacks

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Singing Dragon
Frank and full of gentle humour, Terian Koscik's graphic memoir
shares her experiences of living with anxiety, finding the courage to
see a therapist, and learning more than she could have imagined. Even
in childhood, anxious thoughts would seep into Terian's day. Yet
she never thought that getting professional help was for her, simply
concluding that her problems weren't 'real' problems (a
lion hadn't devoured her whole family, for example). But when her
anxiety finally became overwhelming, she knew it was time to see a
therapist. To her surprise, Terian learned endless coping techniques
through her therapy sessions. She shares how mindfulness strategies
helped her observe anxious thoughts about criticizing them, and how
"I" statements encouraged her to express feelings more openly
in relationships. But perhaps the most important thing she learned was
that there really is no right way to feel.
Terian Koscik has been a reader of comics, a creatorof comics, and an anxious person for almost as long as she canremember. Most of her work is autobiographical in nature, and dealswith finding humor in feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
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