ARC REVIEW: We’re All Mad Here – by Claire Eastham

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Title: We’re All Mad Here
Author: Claire Eastham

Genre: Non Fiction, Psychology, Self Help
First published: November 21st 2016
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Finished reading: September 25th 2016
Pages: 200
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“If you have scars from the past, then bear them. We spend so much time trying to ignore pain, when sometimes the best way to heal is to release it.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Jessica Kingsley Publishers in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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When I was browsing Netgalley a while back, this title really caught my eye and not only because of the colorful cover. Let’s just say I’m an introvert myself and while I don’t think I actually have social anxiety, this guide written by Claire Eastham is without doubt really interesting. We’re All Mad Here, or The No-Nonsense Guide To Living With Social Anxiety as the author put it, is all about explaining what exactly it implies to be diagnosed with social anxiety and what can be done to make it easier to live with it. It shows that the author knows what she is talking about (she has social anxiety herself), and I could really appreciate the personal experiences she decided to include in this guide. The prose is easy to read and the whole story has a healthy dose of humor as well despite the more serious topic. And while We’re All Mad Here might not be the most complete guide out there, I think has quite a few interesting pointers for those who don’t know much about social anxiety. Recommended!

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Social anxiety is more common than people think and can take on many different forms. From physical symptoms, distressing thoughts, insecurity to self-doubt, they all make a person want to avoid social situations and things will become worse over time. This guide explains what social anxiety exactly is, why it happens and how to improve your situation. It’s a guide that will help you beat social anxiety matter if it is related to school, university, work, social media or parties and dates. Honest insights about the author’s own social anxiety are mixed with a healthy dose of humor and many tips on how to make things better.

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I like reading non fiction every once in a while and this social anxiety guide is without doubt an interesting read. We’re All Mad Here mixes the author’s own experiences living with social anxiety with general information about what it exactly is and why it happens in the first place. It turned out to be a really interesting read that is both easy to read, funny and has interesting pointers for those who want to learn more about the topic.

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9 thoughts on “ARC REVIEW: We’re All Mad Here – by Claire Eastham

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  5. Upon first glance, I thought the title was Alice in Wonderland inspired because I have bookmarks and all sorts of Alice things that say We’re All Mad Here. Very interesting that this is actually about mental health. I saw a review of this about two weeks ago and it sounds like such an interesting read. Great title, too! Way to hook the reader, right?

    • I completely forgot about the Alice In Wonderland reference! The title definitely catches your eye straight away, and the book itself is both informative and fun to read. 🙂

  6. I find books about anxiety so much better when the author takes from their own experience. They don’t sound like a textbook explaining to you how EASY it is to fight the fear and give you shitty rules to “make your life better”. I don’t suffer from social anxiety but I’ll add it to my list!

    • Very true, that’s one of the reasons I liked reading this book as well as for example Furiously Happy. It’s a very interesting non fiction read for sure.

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