Health & Fitness

January 27, 2014

Writer hopes to help others with anxiety disorders

Scott Stossel, 44, editor of the Atlantic, has been “a twitchy bunch of phobias” since the age of 2. At 10 he saw a psychiatrist for the first time. He is beset by a sense of existential dread, which frequently turns into panic attacks. He takes Xanax and vodka, together, if he has to make a speech. He stows barf bags around his house because of a fear of vomiting. He has tried individual therapy, group therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, hypnosis, prayer, acupuncture, St. John’s wort, Thorazine, Zoloft and a dozen other drugs (and this is a very abbreviated list). Nothing has worked – although he admits, “some drugs have helped a little, for finite periods.”

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