Maybe worse than suffering from chronic anxiety is how social stigmas enforce silence around mental health, and how that leads to the feeling that you’re suffering alone. In a bid to dispel the myths and remedy that loneliness, author Amanda Hunt published Little Panic, a memoir sharing her experiences as a young woman struggling with an as yet undiagnosed anxiety disorder. Such was the overwhelming response — she received many hundreds of personal story shares from readers — that she decided to expand the conversation more fully and officially. Anxiously Yours: A Night of Collective Anxiety brings together half a dozen readers, from fellow authors like Chris Kraus, to therapy and mindfulness experts, a comedian, and actress Rumer Willis, who will each follow Hunt’s lead and narrate their personal stories navigating anxiety with empathy, emotion, wit, humor and perspective.
Central Library, 630 W. 5th Street, downtown; Wed., Dec. 4, 7:30pm; free. lfla.org.