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Anxiously Ever After: An Honest Memoir on Mental Illness, Strained Relationships, and Embracing the Struggle (Paperback)
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In this poignant memoir that is both laugh-out-loud funny, and sniffle inducing, Clint Edwards explores his lifelong struggle with mental illness in the shadow of his father’s battle with the opioid epidemic and his mother’s undiagnosed mental illness.
From being diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, to finding love, marriage, and having children, Clint explores what it means to find a healthy and balanced life with mental illness as your co-pilot. From the little hells of middle school and (frankly relatable) anxiety poops to running away from home at 14 and dealing with the death of a loved one, to learning that truly basic life lesson: you are not your parents, Clint touches on the crux of living moment to moment, struggle to struggle—without losing your ever-loving mind.
Clint’s candor, critical self-awareness, and refreshing sense of humor make for a one-of-a-kind read that might just make you feel less alone.
About the Author
Clint Edwards is the celebrated author of Father-ish, Silence is a Scary Sound, and I’m Sorry…Love, Your Husband. He writes the weekly column Screen Time hosted by Netflix and is the founder of the wildly popular daddy blog No Idea What I’m Doing. His stories have been featured by the New York Times, The Washington Post, and others. He lives in Lebanon, Oregon with his wife and three children.
“I laughed. I cried. Finally, someone understands MY anxiety.”
— Kendra Walker, founder of Anxious Moms, LLC
“Clint mixes humor and tragedy seamlessly, and I truly believe this book should be required reading for anyone living with mental illness.”
— Zibby Owens, bestselling author of Bookends
"This is simply a must-read. Clint’s compassion, wisdom, and humor leapt off the page while I unpacked my own personal traumas of the past along with his. This book gave me permission to acknowledge and heal while simultaneously striving to give my own children a childhood they won’t have to recover from."
— Kate Swenson, creator of Finding Cooper’s Voice and bestselling author of Forever Boy
"Clint is a master at sharing insights through storytelling, but in this memoir he takes it to another level. Countless people will walk away from this book with greater empathy and understanding for the millions who struggle to manage their mental health."
— Annie Reneau, associate editor at Upworthy
“I found myself nodding in recognition throughout this evocative and sometimes hilarious story of anxiety. This is a much-needed book, especially for male anxiety sufferers.”
— Gemma Correll, bestselling author of The Worrier’s Guide to Life