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Tim Clare has suffered from extreme anxiety and panic attacks for a decade. At their worst, his attacks would see him curled on the floor, screaming at his wife for help. This was something the couple just got used to and were able to manage, until they became parents. With the arrival of Tim's daughter came a new wave of extreme anxiety, triggered by the knowledge that his own mental ill-health could be negatively impacting his child.

It was at this point that Tim made a promise to himself—that he would try everything he could to get better, every method and medicine. In Coward, Tim explores all the possible treatments for anxiety, from SRIs to hypnosis, from running to extreme diets. He interviews experts in each field and becomes a guinea pig, testing their methods on himself. By the end of the audiobook, Tim will know what helps him and what doesn't, and what might help others, but most of all, he'll come to rethink anxiety and ask all of us to do the same.

©2022 Tim Clare (P)2022 Canongate Books

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Deeply personal, universally applicable

The author writes from the heart whilst at the same time referring to mountains of data. A raw tale which will be fascinating to anyone with or interested in anxiety. The perfect millennial book. It's read beautifully and with obvious passion.

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In a world awash with skewed pop-science and dodgy self-help works around mental illness, this really stands out. Tim shows a brutal and heart-wrenching honesty in describing the weight of chronic severe anxiety and it's effect on the people around him, reminiscent of how Amanda Palmer's the Art of Asking looked unflinchingly at vulnerability. This is mixed in with investigation of different fields of treatment from the mainstream to the borderline quackish, where he lays out some pretty knotted neuroscience in an accessible way. But it's the autobiography that carries it, and as a fellow anxiety sufferer I was often in tears of empathy and catharsis. I've been a Clare Stan for a while, but I think you'll root for our flawed hero as much as I did.

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not a self help book (author does state this)

found it pretty interesting with some good insights on anxiety. it's not a self help book and does not really tell you how to resolve anxiety but I think reading this book gives you enough info to make it a worthwhile read

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Brilliant!

Funny, very interesting, informative and beautifully human! A narration that continued to entertain. Highly recommended for those that live with anxiety.