Star Rating: 5/5
Title: Why Am I Scared of Everything?
Author: Bethany Straker
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Genre: Self-Help, Anxiety, Mental Illness
Meet Regina Sharpe. She has full-blown anxiety, but she’s not alone. More than forty million adults in the United States suffer from anxiety disorders, and women are twice as likely as men to be riddled with unfettered anxiety. Author and illustrator Bethany Straker has had personal experience dealing with anxiety, and wanted to adopt a humorous approach at addressing our common fears.
A selection of anxiety-inducing fears highlighted in the book include: Being a failure, Aging, Changing jobs, Having children, Flying, Becoming a bag lady And many more!
A little disclaimer before I begin, I was sent this book to review by the author, however this will not affect my opinion of the book and I will be as honest as I usually am.
I was incredibly excited to receive this book from the get go, it sounded just up my street. When Bethany emailed me asking me if I wanted to review it I was quick to accept! As you all know I am incredibly interested in anything related to mental health but what you may not know is that I am someone who also suffers from anxiety problems and I was interested to see anxiety from another sufferers perspective.
I like to feel like I am not alone, especially when it comes to thoughts which I think may be seen as quite unusual and this book made me feel like I was normal! I had a lot of moments where I was saying “I thought I was the only one” and there was certainly a heck of a lot of laughter.
I loved the whole layout of the book, it is beautifully illustrated by the author herself, each page a different source of anxiety explained by a character of Regina Sharpe, I don’t think I have ever related to a character more than I have her!
For a book that deals with mental illness this is an incredibly light book, I sat and read it in one sitting, feeling so happy that I wasn’t alone in some of these things, Poor Bethany was bombarded with tweets from me about how relatable this book was!
I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, especially those who are big worriers, you will wonder if Bethany has crawled into your head and wrote down your thoughts!