Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7:30 – 8:30pm

Scott Stossel with Marcie Sillman
The ‘Age of Anxiety’

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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My Age of AnxietyMore than 40 million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety, which makes it “the most common mental illness in the U.S.” Scott Stossel is one of these adults. Successful author, The Atlantic editor and Harvard grad, Stossel has struggled with crippling anxiety and the stigma associated with it his entire life. His book My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind chronicles this struggle. Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud and modern neuroscientists have analyzed, picked and prodded those with anxiety and we’re still left with unanswered questions about this misunderstood illness. By tracing the history of anxiety, Stossel sheds light on its development and by sharing his personal story, gives hope to many.

He’ll appear in conversation with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman, co-host of The Record.

Presented by: Town Hall and University Bookstore, as part of the Civic series. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Tickets: $5.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discount onsite book sales.
Learn more: About Stossel.

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2 Comments

  1. Jane S Brandhorst
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Stossel describes the torment of acute anxiety disorder very well. I suffered most of these torments, and underwent all of the treatments he describes, with no relief whatsoever. I am 80 yrs old now. In my forties benzodiazepines became available. With the first such dose of this drug my anxiety melted away in a way that seemed miraculous. The best course for me was to maintain a constant, fairly low, blood level of Klonopin (clonazepam) (0.5 mg morning, afternoon, and night). On this regimen I was relieved of acute anxiety and panic attacks. I was able to eliminate phobias by breathing exercises (e.g., while driving across a bridge), but required an occasional emergency dose of Xanax when anticipatory anxiety got out of hand. Meanwhile, before and after benzodiazepam rescue, I had a successful career in cancer research, affecting an “I’m okay” facade until I was, in fact, okay. It appears that currently physicians are wary of prescribing a habituating drug such as Klonopin, and trending toward “cognitive behavioral therapies”, which we anxiety disorder veterans recognize as useless in treating this debilitating brain chemistry disorder.

  2. Asha Gunabalan
    Posted December 29, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    I am studying the history of cannabis, and I have recently stopped feeling guilty about using cannabis, in moderation. I have found that cannabis relieves my anxiety and fear quite a bit, so I am able to perform better – whether at work or at home. It has a few thousand years of being used effectively; there are references to soma in the Rig Veda, by the scythians which I think has a strong likelihood of being related to cannabis. I would recommend trying it once, for those >21.

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