The idea behind the Panic Monkey was first developed back in 1998. The subjects of anxiety and panic disorder are still relatively clouded in mystery, and are widely misunderstood. A great number of people have not found solace in the traditional self help market, and this is something that needs addressing.
The fusion of self help/fiction books is a new phenomena, but the notion that by reading a story based on fact, with characters that people are able to empathise with, could possibly help the reader is fast becoming more accepted.
The study of ridiculousness in the office chain of command, and the revelation at the end - are evocative of the best elements of 'Something Happened' by Joseph Heller. Initial reviews for the book have been glowing.