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Scott Stossel: Personal Experiences with Anxiety in the Context of History, Science and Treatment


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Scott StosselScott Stossel, winner of the 2014 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, speaks about the healing act of sharing his vulnerabilities and the process of writing and releasing his deeply personal, thoroughly researched and, at times, humorous book, My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind.

Scott Stossel is the editor of The Atlantic magazine and the author of the New York Times bestseller My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind. Given Stossel’s award-winning tenure at The Atlantic, and his many incisive essays and articles for leading publications, it came as a surprise to many colleagues that he has long been, as he writes in his book, “a twitchy bundle of phobias, fears and neuroses.” This revelation serves a broader agenda, as Stossel examines anxiety in all its manifestations, personal, historical, psychological and neurological. The New York Times called the My Age of Anxiety “ambitious and bravely intimate: a ruminative book that often breaks into a thrilling intellectual chase.” Also the author of Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver, Stossel lives in Washington, D.C. He is a winner of the 2014 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Coverage by the Media.

Format: Videocast

Learning Objectives

To demonstrate the far-reaching effects of anxiety in personal and professional life.
To summarize the role mental health writing plays in addressing stigma.
To explain the process of writing and touring behind a book as someone with anxiety.

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