Ladies and gentleman, Robison Wells . . .
|Author Robison Wells holding a copy of Feedback, the sequel to Variant.
Feedback is being released in October of 2012 by HarperTeen
for ConAgra foods, doing brand management for Orville Redenbacher popcorn. It was a stressful time: I was working 60-70 hours per week, and one night I was all alone at the office at about 9:00pm. And suddenly I was completely overcome by a paralyzing fear. It wasn’t fear of anything specific: at that moment I wasn’t afraid of meeting my deadlines or associating with coworkers. It was just an overriding desire—need—to crawl under my desk and hide, or, better yet, to get out of the office completely. To run and run and never look back.
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It was getting worse, and it was getting worse fast. I finally visited my family doctor and he confirmed my suspicions: I wasn’t just overworked, or unable to deal with stress of family, work, and writing. Instead, I was diagnosed with a severe panic disorder.
It got worse before it got better. The panic disorder led to agoraphobia. (Agoraphobia is essentially the fear of having a panic attack, so it makes me afraid/unwilling to do things that might spark an attack. It’s become increasingly difficult to leave the house, or to go anywhere where there might be crowds. I lost my job because I was simply unable to enter conference rooms, or go to group meetings, or make stressful phone calls.)
For more information about teen mental health, please visit Teen Mental Heath.org or Teen Screen.org.
And because I have them, I am going to give away my ARCs of Variant and Feedback to 1 lucky winner. Just leave a comment with a way to get in touch with you (either an e-mail address or Twitter @) by Sunday, September 2nd to be entered to win.