Many of us as adults live and deal with fear, anxiety and social phobia but for a teenager these afflictions can be even more devastating. In Rae: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia, Chelsea Rae Swiggett shares her very personal journey through trying to be normal but never quite getting there.
I found I was able to really relate to Chelsea because I deal with fear and anxiety myself. I’ve never been socially phobic though or worried what people thought and reading her thoughts on it really makes your heart break. How awful it is to be so constantly worried about how people are seeing you. In her own words, she says…
Chelsea has an overwhelming fear of school – she tried getting out of going as often as she could. Her days were full of anxiety over trying to not call attention to herself and being laughed at for being awkward and different. She just never felt like she fit in. She kept asking to be home schooled and eventually she is which ends up being the one thing that helps her the most. She also has an overwhelming fear of death which I can completely relate to. I think most people probably do but it’s the extent to which we let the fear control us that ultimately matters.
Chelsea also struggled with her weight. Being called fat numerous times in school led her to feel as though she had to change herself. She spent a lot of time controlling the amount of calories she took in and basically for the most part was starving herself in an attempt to change her image. I think this need for control over her eating is one of the ways in which she can have control over something thereby reducing her anxiety if only a little.
There are also her issues with her mother’s drinking throughout her childhood into her teen years. There was always the happy/sad times, the worry over her mother getting killed while drinking and then later always the fear of her going back to drinking. Again this could have had a huge impact on Chelsea’s anxieties and fear. Very often things from our childhood will cause us to be anxious, etc into adulthood without us ever realizing it and Chelsea is still dealing with the effects of this.
I really give Chelsea credit for sharing her story. This is a difficult one to share I think because ultimately these issues are extremely personal and normally ones we all go to all lengths to hide. By sharing this story with other teens, Chelsea is opening a door for them to understand themselves a little better and realize that they are not alone in their fears and anxieties.
Chelsea now shares a common interest with many of us and reviews books over at a blog called The Page Flipper. She’s planning on soon heading to college to major in English and continue on in her love of books and writing. What she hopes…
I read Rae: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia by Chelsea Rae Swiggett for the Louder Than Words book tour with TLC Book Tours. This was the third and final book I’m reviewing for this tour and again I’d like to stress how important I think these books are for young people. These books give them hope – let them know that they are not alone in whatever issues they may be facing. Check out the Louder Than Words website and Chelsea’s page there. Deborah Reber, editor of the Louder Than Words memoirs has a popular blog for girls that you should check out as well called Smart Girls Know. If you’re a teen who has their own story to submit you can do so here. Be sure to check out all the other tour stops for these books here.
I have one copy of Rae: My True Story of Fear, Anxiety, and Social Phobia by Chelsea Rae Swiggett to share with one of my readers. To enter…
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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian residents only (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner of Rae on Saturday, September 18, 2010. Be sure to check out the giveaway for 1 copy of Alexis here and Hannah here and 1 full set of all three books: Alexis, Hannah & Rae being given away here as well. Good luck everyone!
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