Anxiety Is Really Strange

Learn how anxiety works and how to reframe difficult feelings.

What is the difference between fear and excitement and how can you tell them apart? How do the mind and body make emotions? When can anxiety be good? This science-based graphic book addresses these questions and more, revealing just how strange anxiety is, but also how to unravel its mysteries and relieve its effects.

Understanding how anxiety is created by our nervous system trying to protect us, and how our fight-or-flight mechanisms can get stuck, can significantly lessen the fear experienced during anxiety attacks. In this guide, anxiety is explained in an easy-to-understand, engaging graphic format with tips and strategies to relieve its symptoms, and change the mind’s habits for a more positive outlook.

‘With great erudition and wit Steve manages to condense philosophical thought, neurological research and psychological thinking into a fabulous tool for re-conceptualising are experience of this bane of modern life – anxiety. Psychoanalysts and others working with people experiencing anxiety will benefit from reflecting on this book and sharing it with their patients.

Dr Peter Nevins, Psychoanalyst and Director of Islington Mind.

‘For many of us, anxiety and fear are daily visitors to the mind and body – in this brilliant book, Steve Haines gives us freeing tools to unmask these feelings… what he offers is apparently simple yet full of depth.’

Johnathan Sattin, Managing Director, Triyoga

‘Haines pulls together an accessible and friendly narrative with fantastic high-level academic footnotes. He takes us past some body-brain-mind confusion to provide understanding of the working of anxiety in the person.’

Dr David O’Flynn, Consultant Psychiatrist, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

This book really made me feel positive after finishing it. It  is a fun and informative book. It gives a high level overview as to what anxiety is, the symptoms causing it, researches done in the area, followed by the methods to overcome and control it. All of these areas are described in a graphic novel manner with cute illustrations.


Rajiv Ganesan -

This graphic novel outlines some possible causes of anxiety, outlines philosophical ideas, along with a really interesting experiment dealing with mouse poo (of all things), how the body reacts in anxiety mode and some tools for managing symptoms. I’m a proud nerd so I enjoyed all of the sciency, philosophical bits and pieces.


Schizanthus Nerd - NetGallery

Anxiety is Really Strange is an artful combination of medical information, story, and graphic novel. I particularly appreciated the clever images contained in this book, and they work really effectively with the text.


JD DeHart - NetGallery

I loved this look into anxiety about the causes and understanding of the affliction. I felt it left you with some tools into what to do next and was well worth reading. It wasn’t to difficult to read in heaviness but it didn’t make it to simple that it risked being boring. It hit the nail right on the head.


Liam Berge - NetGallery

Really brilliant comprehensive guide to understanding anxiety and learning little coping strategies to help not feel too overwhelmed. Will be recommending this to a lot of people!


Sarah Garnham - NetGallery