I’m writing a book on anxiety and it strikes me that some personal experiences could be a nice addition. Readers often love them and feel reassured and less alone. So, here’s what I’m looking for and how it would work.
I’d love to hear from you if you have experience or thoughts about any personal experience of suffering anxiety, either in yourself or someone close to you. (Please consider the right to privacy of the person concerned.)
- If you/they found help and relief with a particular treatment or approach
- Anxiety that seemed to have a particular beginning/trigger
- An anxious phase that was temporary – and maybe how/why you think it got better
- Is the anxiety centred around specific fears, such as fear of illness or social phobia? Or any other phobia?
- Anxiety leading to school refusal
- Perhaps your child’s anxiety became significantly worse – or better – after puberty or starting secondary school
- Perhaps the person with anxiety is also on the autistic spectrum; or has AHDH; or any other neurodivergence; or suffers from a serious medical or other problem
- Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or just “generally an anxious person”?
- Anything you think might be interesting or helpful to someone with anxiety or the parent of an anxious young person
I’m really wanting short comments or thoughts, rather than long and detailed stories, but don’t worry about that as my job is to choose a crucial point and make it short enough.
My commitment to you:
- If I include your experience or point, I would change all names and identifying details to retain confidentiality. I would not reveal to anyone who you were, not even my editor or my assistant. Names would be changed before reaching my editor/publisher.
- I would let you see and make alterations to the wording that I planned to include. I would only include wording that you had agreed.
- However, I cannot promise that your contribution will be used, even if I want it to be, as there are various reasons why it might not be possible or right. I would very much hope and intend to use every contribution but I can’t promise.
Your commitment to me, please:
- If you are younger than 18, I need permission from your parent or carer for you to communicate with me
- You would not disclose any information that would lead me to be concerned about your safety or the safety of anyone else. (If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s safety, please talk to a trusted person who is qualified to help safely.)
- You would not expect remuneration for the use of your words. I don’t get much remuneration for my own words!
What to do:
Please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org – and just very briefly say something about the experience that you’d like to share. Don’t worry about details at this stage as I’ll ask you for those during our email conversation.
I hope to hear from you. Together we can make life better!