01 February 2010

Title: I Don't Want To Be Crazy
Auhor: Samantha Schutz
Publisher: Push, 288 Pages (July 1st, 2006)
From: Crownbook Outlet

Synopsis: This is a true story of growing up, breaking down, and coming to grips with a psychological disorder. When Samantha Schutz first left home for college, she was excited by the possibilities -- freedom from parents, freedom from a boyfriend who was reckless with her affections, freedom from the person she was supposed to be.


At first, she revelled in the independence ... but as pressures increased , she began to suffer anxiety attacks that would leave her mentally shaken and physically incapacitated. Thus began a hard road of discovery and coping, powerfully rendered in this poetry memoir.

Review: 3 Stars - I picked up this book after reading it was about a girl heading to college and starts having trouble with anxiety. I've suffered with anxiety since I was 6 years old, so it's nothing new to me. It's always something that's hard to explain to people who don't suffer with it themselves. It’s always an easier said then done thing.

However this author - Samantha Shutz does a great job writing this affliction and her experiences as she suffered through her college years. It gives everyone who suffers, or not, such insight into the world of anxiety.

At times I found myself frustrated for the various drinking and drugs. It's never great to do either of those things, especially if you have anxiety or on medication. It frustrated how she should have known better. I wish I could say it's because this is another Fictional story, but it's not. As I mentioned above, it's based on the author’s experiences after leaving for college.

The aspects of the story when it comes to the anxiety were pretty spot on, however I didn't understand how she could travel. Maybe that's me drawing from my own travel problems due to anxiety, but being stuck in a classroom in college and being stuck in a plane... I'd think that the smaller plane would cause more trouble when you compare the two.

However, there's no rhyme or reason to how anyone person gets stuck with this horrible illness and there's no rhyme or reason as to what you'll feel like from one day to the next. Each person is different in how they see and feel things, so it's right to say that each person with anxiety would be affected differently when it comes to some things. This book showed me just how similar yet how different people with anxiety are afflicted.

If your someone who has anxiety or know someone who does, this is a great book to read to get a better understanding of things, if not just to know your not alone out there and to feel like it's not only you.

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