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When Anxiety Attacks

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Frank and full of gentle humor, Terian Koscik's graphic memoir shares her experiences of living with anxiety, finding the courage to see a therapist, and learning more than she could have imagined.

Even in childhood anxious thoughts would seep into Terian's day. Yet she never thought that getting professional help was for her, simply concluding that her problems weren't "re
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 21st 2015 by Singing Dragon
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Stewart Tame
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not so much a graphic novel as a graphic pamphlet. Basically it's a comic book with high production values, cardboard cover with flaps, 32 pages long, and an ISBN, but my local library put a "Graphic Novel" sticker on the spine. Whatever you call it, it's good. Terian is in therapy for her anxiety. She shows, in a very clear, direct style what led to her decision to seek help, and how her therapist was able to help her. This book does a good job of demystifying the process, and I would like to b ...more
Wow, this was fantastic read! It was quite recognisable. I also loved loved seeing how she got better with each therapy appointment, how at first she was wary, then noticed that it actually worked. It was also great to see that, while she was still anxious, after a year she was able to not go into full stress mode and calm down and think about if it would really be that bad (for instance buying all the cupcakes with all her money, she thought about it and then came up with that cupcakes are not ...more
Julie Suzanne
This is more like a pamphlet than a book, but I think it does a good job of showing a person who suffers from anxiety that it is super treatable without medication and with a therapist. You accompany the author through an anxiety attack, therapy sessions, and coping with anxiety using strategies learned by the therapist. I think it will definitely steer students in the right direction; I often have students searching for books on anxiety in the library and this is a PERFECT fit.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read that's pretty much in the physical form of a nicer quality comic book. It functions as a guide on dealing with anxiety via therapy but with a more friendly than clinical tone. It's simple in style but powerful in message if you experience anxiety at all. I hope this is something stocked in public and school libraries, as I can't help but wish I had this as a pre-teen/teen so I could feel not so alone sooner in life.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cliché review: the only thing I didn't like about this was how short it was.

This has to be the shortest read of the year, but it's so lovely and funny that I'm going to count it anyway. Loved it!
Matthew Noe
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I want to buy 100 copies of this and offer it to every person I ever meet that is dealing with anxiety and/or feeling like they are living "wrong" somehow. Terian gets the mix of humor and seriousness JUST right and it is a joy to read despite being about a topic that hits close to home for so many of us. Will this comic solve problems? That might be asking too much. But it absolutely can start conversations, show someone that they aren't alone, and encourage them to live life the way that is be ...more
Kat Ice
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-read-i-own
This seems like if it got some more time on the drawing table it could be really helpful. It was an okay graphic novel but like I could be better worded and better drawings. But I guess ita worth it for what it is- I am sure it could help someone.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
An adorable look at why therapy is good. Also everyone should go to therapy if they can.
Hannah Garden
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-2018, comics
This is great! Really short and light and sweet.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great little look at the experience of having anxiety. Encouraging for those who may be reluctant about seeking therapy for anxiety or who feels alone in their anxiety. #graphicmedicine
Nicola Fantom
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful and simply designed short graphic novel about anxiety.

Beautiful French flaps and end pages so would make a wonderful gift for someone who suffers anxiety and/or enjoys graphic novels.

The story itself handles the topic of anxiety fantastically, highlighting that we all have these unusual thoughts, feelings and emotions when we are scared, anxious, panicked or stressed. it illustrates wonderfully just how normal and human it is to have these emotions and teaches us that there i
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
It is a small comic, only 32 pages. It is a comic I could relate to as anxiety unfortunately sometimes rules my life if I let it.

Terian suffers from anxiety and this is her story about getting help, what it is like living with anxiety every day, and how she copes. I think it is her way of letting others know that they are not alone, to encourage, and to let them know that therapy isn’t all that bad. It is okay to ask for help. There is no shame. Back when I worked in mental health as a client a
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
This graphic novel was short and sweet, and very well done.

If you'd like to read my full review, check out my blog For the Love of Words.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I wish this comic could have been longer, but it was an interesting glimpse into the author's struggle with anxiety and therapy.
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