Amelia Perrin has always had an obsessive personality.
Never once in her life has she felt indifferent to something; either she’s completely obsessed, or doesn’t care at all. And sometimes that’s fine, obsessions come in all shapes and sizes. There are the fun ones; daytime TV, dogs so tiny they look like stuffed toys, useless facts about serial killers’ favourite foods. But then there are the less healthy preoccupations; toxic friendships, prescription medications, men who block you on all social platforms.
Into It delights in the trivial enjoyments that get us through the day, explores darker fixations that we know aren’t good for us, and questions why - as a generation - we can never seem to find equilibrium.
This book is a documentation - in the form of essays, poems and lists - of one girl’s lifetime of obsessions, highlighting the good, the bad, and everything she’s learnt along the way.
'Are you suffering from anxiety?', the GP asked in a comforting voice, the way TV doctors do when they talk to fictional patients as if they’re children. Her fingers paused just above the yellowed, plastic keys of the bulky computer monitor, awaiting my response.
'Shouldn’t you be the one deciding that?', I counter-questioned. I’d heard from friends, both online and in real life, that asking a GP for mental health advice and banging your head against a wall yields similar results. The sweet old lady was very clearly trying to diagnose me with something, but I’d only come for sleep tablets; something to knock me the fuck out. I’d assumed it was going to be a prescription-and-go type of deal. When I’d visited a doctor for The Pill six years earlier she’d simply asked, Do you want babies? Do you smoke? and then BAM: I was putting hormones into my body for the rest of my life.
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