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T Green
Preventive Maintenance
T Green, author

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

Preventive Maintenance is a memoir about T Green’s experience with the onset of anxiety and panic attacks in her early 20s. She was a heavy drinker who quit cold turkey, which turned her life upside down. She was a motorcycle rider and loved working on them. She went back to college late in life—during the height of her panic attacks—where she read a lot of philosophy and early literature classics. Through struggles and lots of inner work, she was able to keep going through life and delve into the world of mental health, eventually working with institutionalized teens. She moved forward, still taking medication and attending therapy. She enrolled in graduate school, studying mental health and cognitive impairments, with an emphasis in gerontology. During her time in graduate school she peaked psychologically and began her weaning from medication, as she finally felt that any issues in her life were in the present moment; the past was no longer looming over her. She started writing this book to help others who might suffer from anxiety and panic attacks, with the intention of finishing it when she was completely off medication and was living a healthy life, both mentally and physically. She draws upon fiction and nonfiction references that have influenced her throughout the years, as well as the seminal book that began the thought process about living healthy: the motorcycle manual Kawasaki Kz 650 fours: service, repair, performance: 1977-1980 (Scott, 1980). The author concludes by offering her insights about learning to meditate, as well as being focused, mindful, and present.