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Maureen “Marzi” Wilson—the popular Instagram cartoonist behind Introvert Doodles—is back with a brand-new collection of hilarious, relatable, and heartwarming doodles about anxiety that show you that you are not alone. If you struggle with anxiety, you may feel like it’s you against the world all the time. Sometimes, your anxiety can be too much to handle all at once—would Maureen “Marzi” Wilson—the popular Instagram cartoonist behind Introvert Doodles—is back with a brand-new collection of hilarious, relatable, and heartwarming doodles about anxiety that show you that you are not alone. If you struggle with anxiety, you may feel like it’s you against the world all the time. Sometimes, your anxiety can be too much to handle all at once—wouldn’t it be nice to have someone around that understood exactly what you were going through? Meet Marzi! She struggles with anxiety just like you. In Kind of Coping, join Marzi as she (kind of) copes with her own anxiety from day to day, finding the humor in her condition with this collection of funny, encouraging, and supportive comics that show you the best you can do sometimes is just kind of cope—and that’s totally OK! Whether it’s a panic attack or an awkward social snafu, Marzi knows what you are going through. With over 150 full-color doodles that deliver hope and inspiration, unconditional support, and big laughs, let Marzi share her journey with you.

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Maureen “Marzi” Wilson—the popular Instagram cartoonist behind Introvert Doodles—is back with a brand-new collection of hilarious, relatable, and heartwarming doodles about anxiety that show you that you are not alone. If you struggle with anxiety, you may feel like it’s you against the world all the time. Sometimes, your anxiety can be too much to handle all at once—would Maureen “Marzi” Wilson—the popular Instagram cartoonist behind Introvert Doodles—is back with a brand-new collection of hilarious, relatable, and heartwarming doodles about anxiety that show you that you are not alone. If you struggle with anxiety, you may feel like it’s you against the world all the time. Sometimes, your anxiety can be too much to handle all at once—wouldn’t it be nice to have someone around that understood exactly what you were going through? Meet Marzi! She struggles with anxiety just like you. In Kind of Coping, join Marzi as she (kind of) copes with her own anxiety from day to day, finding the humor in her condition with this collection of funny, encouraging, and supportive comics that show you the best you can do sometimes is just kind of cope—and that’s totally OK! Whether it’s a panic attack or an awkward social snafu, Marzi knows what you are going through. With over 150 full-color doodles that deliver hope and inspiration, unconditional support, and big laughs, let Marzi share her journey with you.

30 review for Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Long

    All the stars for this great book! Being an introvert with anxiety, I can relate to most of Marzi's illustrations. Loved the doodles and laughs. It's nice to know I'm not alone with these thoughts.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    This book is important. If you suffer from anxiety, this is the perfect book to help you feel like you're not alone. If you know someone who suffers from anxiety, this is the perfect book to illustrate how to begin to understand and support those people.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Very amusing and relatable, even if my level of anxiety comes nowhere close to the author's. The art and writing of the cartoons are so charming that I didn't even mind the inspirational chapter at the end despite usually avoiding the self-help section.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    What a fun little book. Charming, relatable and laugh out loud funny. Not anxiety inducing at all. Usually books about anxiety give me anxiety and I can't read them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This was so comforting to me. I think I'll return to this in times when I feel alone in my anxiety. Thank you, Marzi!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I follow the author on Instagram and definitely relate to her. I bought her book to not only remind myself it's okay to have anxiety but to help with friends with some comedic relief when they're struggling. There is even a part about being a friend to someone with anxiety. I found it extremely helpful. One friend in particular tends to message me when she's on the verge of a panic attack and this book gave me some great ideas on what to say to her to help. While reading this book I wanted to se I follow the author on Instagram and definitely relate to her. I bought her book to not only remind myself it's okay to have anxiety but to help with friends with some comedic relief when they're struggling. There is even a part about being a friend to someone with anxiety. I found it extremely helpful. One friend in particular tends to message me when she's on the verge of a panic attack and this book gave me some great ideas on what to say to her to help. While reading this book I wanted to send photos of pages to my friends. I should probably help the author out by sending actual copies of the book to my friends.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    While I could certainly relate to this book, it was kind of too much of a good thing. I liked Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Collection of Life's Awkward Moments better overall for some reason.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Misti

    A cartoonist looks at life from the perspective of an anxious introvert. I thought I would love this more than I did, but I discovered that reading about anxiety makes me feel more anxious. Still, YMMV, so if you enjoy this sort of book and the drawing style appeals to you, give it a try!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan Johnston

    Been there done that. Glad to see my feelings and thoughts in a comic form.

  10. 5 out of 5

    April

    Really relatable

  11. 5 out of 5

    Savanna

    It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who had to practice their meal order at a restaurant 10 times before the waiter came over!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Hi yes if all my loved ones could please read this that'd be swell THANKS ♥ Hi yes if all my loved ones could please read this that'd be swell THANKS ♥️

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christine Hopkins

    the one thing I have EVER been confident in is my ability to destroy at anxiety bingo

  14. 4 out of 5

    CompletelyBooked

    This book was exactly what I needed to read. She captures the feelings of anxiety perfectly, and it was great to read about another person with both generalized anxiety and social anxiety. Makes me feel less alone in my problems, and I related to a lot of what she said without feeling judged ☺ This book was exactly what I needed to read. She captures the feelings of anxiety perfectly, and it was great to read about another person with both generalized anxiety and social anxiety. Makes me feel less alone in my problems, and I related to a lot of what she said without feeling judged ☺️

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Carr

    Wow! It's only 5 days into 2019 and I can already confirm that this will be on my Favorite Books of 2019 list! Marzi's book made me feel understood and seen and I alternated between laughing and crying at the cartoons. They are great to share with other people, so I can use them as a way to connect with my husband, family, and friends to help them understand what I'm experiencing. If you struggle with anxiety then this book will lift you up and help you feel a little bit better!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sanaa Hyder

    This is wonderful and sincere and funny and I want to give it to all my friends because like me, they know what anxiety can be like, and this book gets that. Also, this serves as much-needed yet light-hearted education for those blessed enough not to suffer from anxiety. Highly recommend.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bookworm

    You might know "Marzi" from Instagram, Facebook, etc. as another illustrator who has illustrated her experiences with introversion, anxiety, etc. She already has a book 'Introvert Doodles' and now has a book looking more at anxiety specifically. It's been awhile since I've read her first book but from what I remember this book is similar. It's a series of comics that portray various aspects of anxiety--from experiences to what makes her anxious to how she copes, etc. Some are highly relateable, s You might know "Marzi" from Instagram, Facebook, etc. as another illustrator who has illustrated her experiences with introversion, anxiety, etc. She already has a book 'Introvert Doodles' and now has a book looking more at anxiety specifically. It's been awhile since I've read her first book but from what I remember this book is similar. It's a series of comics that portray various aspects of anxiety--from experiences to what makes her anxious to how she copes, etc. Some are highly relateable, some are just outright funny, some may not apply to the reader. But it's an enjoyable portrayal (which might seem strange but the illustrations are so colorful and sometimes it's really funny). There's not much more to say other than I liked it overall. I think it might have been helpful to have a list of resources at the end, but this is not that kind of book as Wilson notes. It might not be a reference book but if you're someone who has some form of anxiety, know someone who is and/or enjoyed her previous work, this would be a good pickup. I bought this as it's not available at my library and I was happy to support the author. If you're not sure, check it out to see if you want to buy it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile & Andrea RBK Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety by Maureen "Marzi" Wilson (who is on IG as @introvertdoodles) was the realest of real looks at anxiety told through comics. As someone who knows the anxious life well, this one resonated with me on so many levels. I laughed as there were so many situations I had definitely comically found myself in. I nodded because she illustrated perfectly what anxiety can be like in bo More reviews and book-ish content @ Club Book Mobile & Andrea RBK Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety by Maureen "Marzi" Wilson (who is on IG as @introvertdoodles) was the realest of real looks at anxiety told through comics. As someone who knows the anxious life well, this one resonated with me on so many levels. I laughed as there were so many situations I had definitely comically found myself in. I nodded because she illustrated perfectly what anxiety can be like in both analogy and actual experience. I even cried as it was just so many feels of what anxiety can be to manage. The simplicity of her illustrations are what make them so great. She truly has a gift for explaining anxiety in a way that just works. I could literally post pictures of each page of the book because there was something great about each of her illustrations. I read through this one and felt emotionally refreshed. There's such value in knowing someone else knows what your life is like - even the tough stuff. This is a wonderful read for talking about mental health and understanding the ups and downs of how people/you get through.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I loved it! I’ve been following Marzi on Instagram for a while and I love her comics. She is so open and honest about her struggles with anxiety, but also finds the humor while bringing positivity and hope. Mental health issues are near to my heart, so I appreciate how brave she is in bringing up tough topics. And as an introvert, I appreciate how she nails what it’s like to live in a world of extroverts. I highly recommend this book, especially as a way to understand the struggles that people w I loved it! I’ve been following Marzi on Instagram for a while and I love her comics. She is so open and honest about her struggles with anxiety, but also finds the humor while bringing positivity and hope. Mental health issues are near to my heart, so I appreciate how brave she is in bringing up tough topics. And as an introvert, I appreciate how she nails what it’s like to live in a world of extroverts. I highly recommend this book, especially as a way to understand the struggles that people with mental health issues have. Marzi does a fantastic job of succinctly translating symptoms like how a panic attack feels like being chased by a bear. Definitely going to get this book for my loved ones who live with anxiety and put into action some of the tips she mentions!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Ann

    Hello adorable and tiny book about kind of coping with high anxiety, I think I love you. This book understands me on so many levels, even though my anxiety is not as severe as the author's. It even helped me understand why I occasionally hide under my desk on lunch breaks to read. I loved all the charts and took pictures of some of them to recreate with my own versions. A great selection for fans ofBig Mushy Happy Lump.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Books Pastelitos

    I’ve been following Marzi (or is it Maureen... IDK now!!) on Instagram for a while and her little comics always bring a smile to my face. I loved the Introvert’s Activity Book and knew this one was also going to be a hit for me! There were a few pages/comics that really hit the nail on the head and made me cry because someone could finally put in words or drawings feelings I have had or am having. It’s a must for any introvert, anyone who has or is currently treating their anxiety, or as a gift I’ve been following Marzi (or is it Maureen... IDK now!!) on Instagram for a while and her little comics always bring a smile to my face. I loved the Introvert’s Activity Book and knew this one was also going to be a hit for me! There were a few pages/comics that really hit the nail on the head and made me cry because someone could finally put in words or drawings feelings I have had or am having. It’s a must for any introvert, anyone who has or is currently treating their anxiety, or as a gift for someone to cheer them up.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Bond

    Have to give it five stars since pages of this were ripped directly out of my own brain. I kept making my boyfriend read pages and sending pictures of pages to my best friend like “it me” or “it us.” I should probably buy this and maybe force everyone I know to read it. As a deeply anxious person, it spoke to me, and for a person without anxiety (can’t relate), it seems like a great primer to understanding the anxious people they know.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laina

    I enjoyed this book and found it very relatable, easy to understand, and very accurate. I would recommend it as a great resource for parents who have children (at least over 8 years old) who are struggling with anxiety or are struggling to understand it. It's also the perfect book for anyone who is trying to understand what a loved one is going through when they suffer from anxiety.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    I have always been a fan of comic books and have struggled with certain anxieties related predominantly to interactions with other people. This is a cute and humorous approach to coping with anxiety. Laughter can sometimes be the best medicine. You are never fully dressed without a smile, and no one wants to see you naked (anxiety pun).

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Mayer

    It was alright. It didn't really help with anything I'm going through, or have been dealing with a majority of my life. But it did connect in spots in a "Oh yeah, I'm like that too" way. It's just a book filled with cartoons of relatable anxiety-based situations, so don't get it thinking it will be a self-help "If you do this then things will be better" type of book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nadina

    This was great. Super simple and relatable comics. I like how it was broken into chapters with a page of explanation about the chapter at the beginning. I also liked the various formats to the comics. Some comics were more wordy than others but it felt like they were appropriately wordy. Absolutely would recommend this to others.

  27. 4 out of 5

    B

    This is one of the better graphic novels. One that actually makes you feel closer to your fellow man and to understanding them. Its rare that a book can capture someones struggles so clearly but "Kind of Coping" made me see people with anxiety in a new light. It was very helpful in teaching e how to help someone in that situation and for that Im grateful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Narmeen

    This made me realise that I too suffer from anxiety, just on a milder level. And the coping strategies mentioned in here were some that I unconsciously do myself. Happy to know that there are more than just one us going through the same ordeal of merely existing. A very relatable, cute read for introverts and for those with anxiety even if they don't identify as introverts.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stefania

    This book is humorous and relatable to people who suffer from anxiety. I recommend this book for people who suffer from anxiety and those who want to understand what it's like to have it. It's good that the author shows her audience that dealing with anxiety is not an instant cure and that what really helps is to have friends, family, and counsellors to help support one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Haley Allison

    Best Book Purchase Ever This book is officially my new happy/safe space. I’ve followed Marzi for a while on Facebook, so this was essentially a meeting of two of my favorite mediums for escaping a world of non-anxiety-having extroverts: social media and books. If you have anxiety (or if you’re trying to understand someone who does), please pick up this book. You won’t regret it!

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