Your Name is Not Anxious

Reviewed By  Grasshopper2       July 25, 2023


Author  Stephanie Dowrick.

Distributor:      Allen and Unwin
ISBN:                 9781761470066
Publisher:         Allen and Unwin
Release Date:   July 2023  


A very personal guide to putting anxiety in its place

Stephanie Dowrick is a well-known and trusted author. She is referred to by professional people, as well as those seeking answers to mental health issues.  In Your Name Is Not Anxious she shows us how tame our fears and anxieties, rather than fight them.  Stephanie’s’ focus on these issues becomes personal, as she watches a member of her family suffer with anxiety issues.

The wonderful news is that this is not a book to grind your way through, but it is set out in chunks of text.  The reader may choose which parts are appropriate for their needs at the time.  There is a section on “Emergency Measures.”  One would refer to this section if a person’s anxiety level were high or a panic attack were imminent.  Moreover, there are chapters such as “Talk to Yourself like a friend.” Many of us would benefit from reading chapters as effective as this chapter.

Interestingly, the author quotes the Principal of a Steiner School who believes that a “School System that avoids competition and comparison, helps young people to have real confidence in their ability to learn”.  They foster the attitude that learning is a joy in itself.  Challenges are set out for these children, without results and ranking.” There is much information which Parents and Educators may take from these chapters.

As with the best professional and self-help books, the information is set out simply and with a view to answering any questions or concerns about anxiety.  There is an index which covers any issues that the reader may wish to explore more fully.  This topic needs this clear and helpful guide to address this crippling aspect of our society. Stephanie Dowrick has provided this.