Got 2 chronic diseases? These self-help books can help you overcome anxiety; plus, a scary movie release


These new self-help books may interest and help some readers, and a scary revenge thriller from MVD Entertainment wraps things up.

‘This Is Your Brain on Anxiety,’ Faith G. Harper Ph.D. (Microcosm Publishing,1/2)

A person with two chronic diseases would be crazy not to occasionally be anxious, as stated below; but the anxiety shouldn’t be a chronic condition. The deep-breathing, stretching and other exercises detailed in this book can be helpful to almost anyone. Read the review below to describe even more serious life-and-death situations.

‘How Not To Kill Yourself: A Survival Guide for Imaginative Pessimists,” Set Sytes and Faith G. Harper (Microcosm Publishing, )

These two installments of the “5 Minute Therapy Series” (Microcosm No. 205 and No. 267) approach similar problems from different angles. Faith Harper writes the foreword, written after keeping a Xerox copy of Set Sytes’ book in her office for patients to read for years before someone stole it.

Your reviewer has two chronic diseases (CML and insulin-dependent diabetes) and visits doctors often enough to be anxious at times, but I am not chronically anxious. I also am occasionally pessimistic, but not at all suicidal.

This book describes people who are suicidal, but who haven’t taken steps toward ending their lives. Reasons for not doing so, plainly written, are enumerated for the tremendous waste they would be. Getting dressed, movie-watching, outdoor walking and other activities are among methods for getting out of deep depression.

Both of these short, inexpensive books will be helpful to readers.

‘Don’t You Recognize Me?’ Directed by Jason Figgis (MVDvisual, )

This scary, violent “revenge thriller” arrived in 2017 from the folks at MVD Entertainment. In it, documentary filmmaker Tony (Matthew Toman) sends out an online appeal for film subjects whose lives haven’t gone very well. He’s contacted by K, who lives in a Dublin housing project. Tony, his cameraman and sound recorder Louise set off for the project, ostensibly to film part of a series called “A Day in the Life Of.”

Things go well as Tony and his crew visit K initially, but the film’s title meaning is revealed soon enough as K takes them to visit the twin brother of someone who was murdered right after one of their initial documentaries.

This isn’t my kind of movie, but it is mostly well-done.

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Hopefully, more new releases will arrive as we move into February. A new album from John McCutcheon, a documentary about Russian female punk-rockers Pussy Riot and a “road trip note” about the Mississippi Bluegrass Reunion in Purvis are some of what will be featured.

Ricky Flake, a former punk rocker and current music fan, lives in Biloxi. Reach him at flakericky@gmail.com.