Little Panic by Amanda Stern

Little Panic

In the vein of bestselling memoirs about mental illness like Andrew Solomon's Noonday Demon, Sarah Hepola's Blackout, and Daniel Smith's Monkey Mind comes a gorgeously immersive, immediately relatable, and brilliantly funny memoir about living life on the razor's edge of panic.The world never made any sense to Amanda Stern--how could she trust time to keep flowing, the sun to rise, gravity to hold her feet to the ground, or even her own body to w...

Details Little Panic

TitleLittle Panic
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Health, Mental Health, Psychology, Mental Illness

Reviews Little Panic

  • Nina
    Wow! Not a brilliant literary word, but the first word that flowed from my hand as I started to write this review. Little Panic is a brilliant, articulate, honest, and heartbreaking memoir about living with crippling anxiety. As detailed in her book, Stern exhibited symptoms of an anxiety disorder from a very young age, but was constantly tested and told she had a learning disability.Chapters in this book segue smoothly between her youth, and lif...
  • Hanna
    Wow, after finishing this book I feel like I need to take a deep breath. As someone who suffers from an anxiety disorder, I found much of what Amanda feels/thinks/experiences mimics my own life. Her story in many ways isn't my own, but so much resonated. Amanda spent years of her life in the depths of panic while doctors searched for the wrong answers. Finally, at the age of 25, she gains a name for what plagues her. It's not a cure, but there's ...
  • Andrea Jenkins
    As someone who deals with severe anxiety and was not able to put a name on it for most of their childhood, this book broke me. Reading Amanda’s story of a cry for safety and to be understood was something I felt deeply in every page, and could relate to with her breathtaking vulnerability. Her early years are spent trying to find her safe person, someone to give her name to all of these consuming thoughts, while her adult years are spent trying...
  • Jess
    Couldn't put this down. Brilliant, heartbreaking, riveting portrayal of growing up in NYC with an undiagnosed panic disorder. I was completely immersed in Amanda's world. Her descriptions of being a child struggling to understand and interact with the world around her were incredibly evocative, as were her descriptions of life growing up in the Village during the 70's/80's. Strongly recommended to anyone who has ever dealt with anxiety or known s...
  • Emily Jordan
    A STUNNING, evocative story about the meaning of living with an undiagnosed panic disorder, LITTLE PANIC grips and discomfits in the best way. Stern's honesty is compelling, her humor always spot on. She is a consummate New Yorker from the last moments when New York was still gritty and still had that thing called a soul and kids ran around unfettered by adult supervision. At turns moving, sad, funny and always entertaining, the book shifts seaml...
  • Roryz
    I’m an anxious person, and though I’ve never had a full blown panic attack, much of what Stern recounts from her childhood sounds familiar. The anxious, dreadful thoughts that run through little Amanda’s mind made my heart break. Amazing that this girl, who lived in a nice house with a family who loved her, would bob along in panic-filled waters for years, undiagnosed and untreated. How she turned her life around is truly inspirational. Ste...
  • Jen
    An insightful and incredibly vulnerable look into Amanda's life. Very appreciative that authors like Amanda are willing to share their stories to help those who suffer similarly from anxiety.
  • Daisy
    This is a must read for anyone who suffers with anxiety! It is brave, brilliant, and honest. I could relate in so many ways that my dog got tired of me screaming "Me too!". This book should have been written by the the psychiatric community years ago, thankfully Amanda Stern has finally written the book we have been craving. She is so correct that age, understanding, self-acceptance all lead to greater compassion and empathy for those people (and...
  • Kate
    Wow. I have some mild anxiety, and I know and love people who have more severe anxiety and panic attacks, so I guess I thought I had some idea about the struggle of severe anxiety/panic sufferers, but this was a complete eye-opener. Also as a children's librarian (and just as a person probably), her childhood experience just broke my heart. I couldn't stop thinking of all our small patrons and what their internal lives might be like. Highly recom...
  • Nick Stern
  • Zoë
    Honestly, it's hard for me to even fathom the fact that I just read a book about a real person that suffers from the same disorder I do. I feel so validated even though this book was hard to read at times because of how close to home it hit. This book was wonderful in all ways. Thank you Amanda Stern!
  • AnnMarie
    Little Panic is a memoir of panic and anxiety. I have generalized anxiety disorder and this book was like a therapy session. It’s always nice to know you’re not alone in the world of anxiety.
  • Tracy
    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read.
  • Liz Willard
    I wanted to read this book because I have several friends who struggle with anxiety, and I hoped this book would provide some insight into anxiety. And wow, did it ever! It was heartbreaking and frustrating to read about Amanda's childhood, as her experiences and struggles were minimized and misdiagnosed. As a parent, I found myself wondering how I would have handled Amanda's repeated questions about the possibilities of things like kidnappings a...
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    #FirstLine ~ Time sticks numbers on the world and marks spaces I can't see. Honest, brilliant and eye-opening. Little Panic is one of those memoirs that leaves the readers feeling connected to the writer. One of those reads that captures what is really means to be human, what it feels like when trying to navigate through life...with all the ups and downs. This book will give you the feels from head to toe. Wonderful, just wonderful!
  • Jen
    This book was everything I desperately needed to read. I grew up not understanding I was highly-sensitive and anxious and felt crazy and different and alone much of the time, never being able to convey what was going on in my brain. Page after page of this book, my jaw kept dropping, because Amanda was writing exactly how I had always felt, putting into words things I thought only I had thought or worried or experienced. There is nothing more val...
  • Tracy
    Stern does a fabulous job of putting the reader inside the head of someone who struggles with anxiety. I felt her confusion and pain and so wished I could tell those around her to pay more attention. How do you get to 25 without someone realizing that you have a condition that can be helped?
  • Claire
    Amanda Stern’s beautifully vulnerable memoir is not simply about panic disorder. It’s also about how we treat others when they don’t match our internalized standards, how we have designed our education system to reject human variation, how our society devalues people who take in information about life via energetic channels versus words, and how we cope when it’s all too much for us. questions our assumptions about how to “pro...
  • Ramona Mead
    When I first started this memoir, I was concerned I wouldn't be able to handle it because my own anxiety was triggered. However that resolved quickly and I became fully immersed in Amanda's experiences. My own anxiety during childhood was not quite as severe and more generalized, and I didn't have siblings for comparison, though my relationship with my mother was similar. Even though I'm an adult now, hearing Amanda's story made me feel less alon...
  • Kathleen
    Parts of this book were so, so good and others were awfully dull. I, like the author, had my best friend in 5th grade die suddenly. We have that in common and it is a huge theme throughout the book. This made me feel connected to the book. Many thoughts Stern explores, I myself, have explored. However, it's the woeful, self-wallowing feel of Little Panic that just rubbed me the wrong way. In the end despite the very good parts, I still thought it...
  • Crystal Zavala
    Amanda's experiences of growing up with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder is tragically common. It is so impressive that Amanda remembers growing up with the disorder and how it made her think and feel. From the outside it seems obvious that she has a family history of anxiety, it is sad that therapists, teachers, and family didn't diagnose it sooner.I read this book very quickly and I loved her writing style and the flow of the book. I am a true c...
  • Katie Coren
    I have never returned a book. Ever. I also am not in the habit of not finishing books I start. That said, I did both of those things with Little Panic. To be fair, I don't think that other people would or do feel the same way, but personally, I just don't think I like memoir style writing. I thought Stern's story would be one to which I could relate or at least it would be an insightful read, but I found it to be more tedious than anything and I ...
  • Lorraine DeMoranville
    Reading this book was tedious and exhausting. The fact that she appears to come from an intelligent family and never got the help or diagnosis she needed until she was 25, is confusing and puzzling. I could not wait for it to end, and was amazed that she ever got the book published and that People magazine recommended it. Many people have overcome many more tragedies in their lives than Amanda, and even at the end of the book,she has not moved on...
  • DannyDale
    While I have considerable sympathy for the way anxiety disorders afflict people, I did not enjoy this book. Setting aside my regard for the author, I felt that after the first twenty or so pages there was nothing further revealed about her condition or experience. It was just more of the same. A short summary to save you the trouble of reading this book: “give my life experience a medical label and that’s all the validation I need”.
  • Kelley Pavich
    I found the first chapter or two a little “wordy” and almost gave up, but glad I stuck with it. As someone who suffers from anxiety/panic, I found some of her experiences relatable. A great read for anyone who suffers, or loves someone who does. I particularly like the style in which this memoir is written.
  • Lea
    This book gives a realistically clear view of a child’s anxiety. She verbalizes things from a point of experience and knowledge but I’m confused about if she was this insightful at such a young age. I’m glad she’s found success and is managing her diagnosis.
  • Lisa Mcbroom
    Amanda Stern suffers from anxiety and sadly no one understands. When Etan Patz vanishes from the city, her anxiety becomes worse. I have mixed feelings about this book. While it is written in an unique way, the whining becomes unbearable.
  • Jenn
    Definitely hard to read nearly 400 pages of the internal dialogue of someone with extreme crippling anxiety if you’ve ever experienced any relative degree of anxiety and panic yourself, but this was powerful and gut wrenching and worth the long slow read.
  • Susan Csoke
    Amanda suffered from a anxiety disorder due to growing up between divorced parents. One living in Greenwich Village, the other in uptown manhattan. At thirty nine>still single and childless she longed to have that close family that she never had growing up.