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Panic Diaries: A Genealogy of Panic Disorder
by Jackie Orr
Part cultural history, part sociological critique, and part literary performance, Panic Diaries explores the technological and social construction of individual and collective panic. Jackie Orr looks at instances of panic and its “cures” in the twentieth-century United States: from the mass hysteria following the 1938 radio broadcast of H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds to a ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Duke University Press Books
(first published December 2005)
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This is a beautiful book about the culture of panic in the US, written by a very smart lady who takes Xanex for recurrent panic attacks. Part of the book is a history of the relationship between the US military and social psychology, which includes tracking social panic after Orson Welles' War of the Worlds radio show, and trying to alleviate panic in the scariest way possible in 1950's era nuclear drills. The other part is the authors own experience volunteering for a clinical drug trial ...more