Coward- Tim Clare

#BookNotes

An exploration of anxiety, both scientific and personal. Tim Clare suffers from extreme anxiety and panic attacks and attempts different methods in order to cure it. There is a lot of scientific research in this book where it can get a bit lost in the technical detail, but the descriptions of his personal experiments to cure himself are engaging.

Key Ideas

  • There is no one cure for psychological illnesses and anyone who says they have one is probably lying.
  • Science is built on uncertainty. So is anxiety.
  • Anxiety can be about attempting to seek control.
  • Animal studies and models are ineffective for psychological illnesses as you cannot ask a mouse how it is feeling.

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