On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety

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Crown/Archetype, May 16, 2017 - Psychology - 320 pages
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A celebrated science and health reporter offers a wry, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety.
 
A racing heart. Difficulty breathing. Overwhelming dread. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, but she later realized that she had been experiencing panic attacks since childhood. With time her symptoms multiplied. She agonized over every odd physical sensation. She developed fears of driving on highways, going to movie theaters, even licking envelopes. Although having a name for her condition was an enormous relief, it was only the beginning of a journey to understand and master it—one that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail.
 
Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments. She compares psychoactive drugs to non-drug treatments, including biofeedback and exposure therapy. And she explores the role that genetics and the environment play in mental illness, visiting top neuroscientists and tracing her family history—from her grandmother, who, plagued by paranoia, once tried to burn down her own house, to her young daughter, in whom Petersen sees shades of herself.
 
Brave and empowering, this is essential reading for anyone who knows what it means to live on edge.
 

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User Review  - BingeReader87 - www.librarything.com

On Edge is a story about Andrea's journey dealing with anxiety and panic disorder, as well as an informative guide for those suffering from similar ailments or just curious people. I found this book ... Read full review

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I have never heard of Andrea Petersen and I still didn’t go look for her other works even after reading this. What caught my attention about this book was that it was written by a person with actual ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
SGARY OWNS AND THE END OF DAYS
36
My GRAND MOTHERS MADNESS
58
WOWDRUG WHERAPES FOR ANYIFTy
93
MEDICATIONS FOR ANXFry
126
COLD AllS MRPLANES AND INDECISION
159
IHF EDUCATION OF AN AWWIOUS PARENT
217
EARNING TO WE WITH ANXIETY 24
261
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
291
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ANDREA PETERSEN is a contributing writer at the Wall Street Journal, where she reports on psychology, health, and neuroscience. She is the recipient of a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism and lives in Brooklyn, NY with  her husband and daughter.

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