According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults. That’s 18 percent of the population.
When beloved restaurateur, magazine publisher, and celebrity chef B. Smith at age sixty-two became forgetful, preoccupied, and temperamental, her husband, Dan Gasby, worried that their loving marriage was on the rocks. Then came the morning he could no longer deny what was happening to B.—the day they both had to admit that something was terribly wrong and that they needed medical help. The diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease signaled the end of one life and the start of another for both B. and Dan.