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
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction, Psychology, Health, Mental Health, 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 ...
  • Emily Housworth
    Thanks to the author for the ARC of this book! Warning: We about to get deep up in here. Growing up, I went through a phase where I had to ask my mom every single night, “Are you going to die tonight?” And she’d say, “Nope, I’m not going to die tonight.” Only after I got this reassurance could I go to sleep. I felt like my asking the question somehow kept her alive. I used to be so afraid that my parents were going to get divorced, ev...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • sbtbkb
    This was the most accurate portrayal of anxiety I've read. I loved how she was able to capture her childhood anxiety. Her writing is so beautiful. It seems insane that it took her that long to be diagnosed. I would have liked to hear more about her journey from diagnosis to where she is now
  • Tracy Strauss
    Courageous, honest, resonant, and a total page-turner.
  • 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.
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  • 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...
  • Julie
    Absolutely amazing ... one of the best memoirs I have read on mental illness . It made me cry it made me laugh .. Anyone who has suffered with anxiety will relate to this book .
  • Debbie Crouch
    Amanda Stern bares her soul in Little Panic to tell the life of living with panic disorder. I admire anyone who does this. Would be highly therapeutic. Parts were really good but a lot was grating on my nerves. The first half of the book was causing me anxiety. It was bouncing between timelines and repeated a lot. The book was much too long and wordy.
  • Sophy H
    I sort of knew before reading this book that it was going to be amazing. Something just spoke to me from the cover. I was even more amazed by reading it. As someone who suffers from mild anxiety this book just sang to me. I used to sit on the stairs for hours when I was little, watching my mum and dad in the living room, worrying that they were going to die and leave me, worrying that my brother might die and leave me, worry that we would never b...
  • 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.
  • Alice
    I think this is a must-read for psychotherapists and parents of anxious kids.
  • 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...
  • Carolee Wheeler
    As soon as I began this book, I started looking over my shoulder. Never before have I read a description of some of the fears that have haunted me since childhood. Like Amanda, I was afraid to sleep away from my parents; like Amanda, I was ostracized and internalized it into proof of my own deep unworthiness; like Amanda, the bad things people promised me wouldn’t happen *did happen* and it left me thinking that I was the only responsible perso...
  • kglibrarian
    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Amanda Stern pours her heart out and through her beautiful writing makes her lifetime of anxiety fascinating, inspiring, and even humorous. She recounts her experiences as a child growing up in New York City's West Village, from disturbing psychological and academic testing and trying to fit in at her various schools, to coping with the loss of loved ones and understanding her changing body. Delving dee...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Lesley Kay
    I absolutely loved this book. If you, or someone you love, lives with anxiety - this is a MUST READ. It's incredibly enjoyable and reads like a novel, but it's the best description I have ever read of what it's like to live in my mind and my body. I felt like Amanda articulated feelings I have had for ages but could never quite explain. In short, while reading this, I felt understood. I am so glad I bought this book, and I know I will read it man...
  • 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?
  • Tracy Miller
    Memoirs of anxiety are exhausting to read.
  • Jessica
    I have an expectation that people who write memoirs will start with the problem, will have the problem resolved by the middle, and will spend the end explaining their moving on. This is not that story. The majority of the book is uncomfortable, with unresolved, unidentified swirls of anxiety, with too few people holding the hand of this young woman, with her own self awareness coming through in gasps like a drowning person. It’s not a brave sto...
  • Ireland Lantz
    Absolutely fantastic! I loved this book so very much! Not only was Amanda super relatable, but she allows the reader to feel like they’re there with her in her up bringing and struggles with anxiety. I myself have had anxiety my entire life, and I am now a 22 year old girl living with Borderline Personality Disorder. This book was like a hug telling me that I am not alone, and I am not the only kid and teen who felt these things. I would recomm...