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Book Review

‘My Age of Anxiety’ by Scott Stossel

Reading “My Age of Anxiety,” Scott Stossel’s first-rate study of anxiety and his candid personal history as an acute sufferer, you may feel conflicted.

On the one hand, the book is astonishingly thorough and lucidly written. It’s a fascinating look at that linchpin of the human condition — the primitive fight-or-flight response — and how it resides in our psyches in a time of IEDs and SSRIs. Rare will be the reader who doesn’t spot him or herself somewhere in Stossel’s sweeping analysis, as he digs into parenting styles, performance stress, talk therapy, medication, depression, fear of flying, blushing, you name it.

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