Sunday, April 27, 2008

Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia, NLD - All the Lonely People


Some of you might have seen Town House, my debut novel about the agoraphobic son of a rockstar who is too crippled by panic attacks to leave his Boston town house. Because I seem to be obsessed with the human condition, particularly any condition that causes a person to view the world through eccentric-colored glasses, much of my writing centers around people with disorders of some sort. People who, because of their conditions, might feel alienated, as if real life is happening at a different speed, at a different frequency. I like to think of them as the Eleanor Rigbys of the world. I should know, I'm one of the lonely people myself, having battled anxiety, panic attacks and on-again off-again agoraphobia most of my adult life.


So...my next novel, titled Inside Out Girl, comes out August 12, 2008, and features a learning-disabled ten-year-old who is constantly bullied. Olivia Bean has a non-verbal learning disorder (NLD), a condition often confused with Asperger's Syndrome.


Synopsis from the back cover:


Rachel Berman wants everything to be perfect. As an overprotective, single mother of two, she is acutely aware of the statistical dangers lurking around every corner--which makes her snap decision to aid a stranded motorist wholly uncharacteristic. Leonard Bean is broken down on the highway with Olivia, his rodent-obsessed, relentlessly curious, learning disabled 10-year-old daughter. To the chagrin of Rachel’s children, who are about to be linked to the most mocked girl in school, Rachel and Len begin dating. And when her father receives terrible news, little Olivia needs a hero more than ever.

But the world refuses to be predictable. When personal crisis profoundly alters Rachel’s relationship with a very wild, very special little girl, this perfectionist mother finds herself drawn into a mystery from her past and toward a new appreciation for her own children’s imperfect lives. INSIDE OUT GIRL (Harper Perennial, August 2008) shows that no matter how much our world can crumble around us, it is our strength that defines us. The challenges we face only enrich our lives and teach us lessons that will last a lifetime.

13 comments:

wendywrites said...

Tish,
Sounds wonderful!!! Can't wait to read it.

Wendyb

Tish Cohen said...

Thanks, Wendy!

Overcome Agoraphobia said...

My advice to those out there with agoraphobia is this...

Your mind will come up with reasons why it believes only a certain area is safe and another is not. Those reasons range from being near the phone or people you trust to having familiar physical surroundings to reassure you.

The truth is, anywhere you are is equally safe. The anxiety in your mind is the only thing that distinguishes a place as bad or good, fun or miserable, happy or sad.

Controlling the anxiety will change your perspective on the world around you and you will see all places as being equally comfortable.

It all starts with babysteps...
-taking your dog for a walk in your front yard.
-having a cup of tea in your backyard.
-going outside in the morning to get the paper
-getting a cup of coffee at a quickie mart nearby.

All these little acts of courage add up. Take 1 risk everyday to start overcoming your agoraphobia.

For more info on overcoming your anxiety, check out:
http://www.Stop-Anxiety-Panic-Attack.com

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