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A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Sara Barnard

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Panic attacks are a lot like being drunk in some ways, you lose self-control. You cry for seemingly no reason. You deal with the hangover long into the next day.”

“Little victories are everything in a world where worst-case scenarios are on an endless loop in your head.”

“Here are three separate but similar things: shyness, introversion and social anxiety. You can have one, two or all three of these things simultaneously. A lot of the time people thing they're all the same thing, but that's just not true. Extroverts can be shy, introverts can be bold, and a condition like anxiety can strike whatever kind of social animal you are. Lots of people are shy. Shy is normal. A bit of anxiety is normal. Throw the two together, add some brain-signal error - a NO ENTRY sign on the neural highway from my brain to my mouth perhaps, though no one really knows - and you have me.”

“I decide this is just A Bad Day. We all get them, because grief doesn't care how many years it's been.”

“I want the world, I think. Even if it scares me.”

“And then it happens. The panic. It's slow at first, creeping through the cracks in my thoughts until everything starts to feel heavy. It builds; it becomes something physical that clutches at my insides and squeezes out the air and the blood.”

“Speak your truth, even if your voice shakes”

“Doesn’t she know? Doesn’t she get it? That in anxious heads like mine all it takes is a few words to bring a careful foundation tumbling down?”

“With lightning, you're never really sure if that's what it was; it's just a flash. Thunder, you know. You feel it.”

“What are you thinking, Steffi? What are you thinking? Everything, all the time. You're so quiet, Steffi. Why are you so quiet? But in my head it's so loud. I'm sure everyone has an inner monologue, but I doubt many are as wordy as mine.”

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Book Keywords:

mental-illness, grief, loss, bravery, fear, social-anxiety, panic-attack, pain, young-adult, a-quiet-kind-of-thunder, inspirational, depression, anxiety, hurt, panic-attacks

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