On Edge by Andrea Petersen

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On Edge is delightfully informative take on what it means to live with anxiety, and how to overcome it. This book made me realize how many people live with some form of day-to-day anxiety, whether it be big or small. Anxiety is more common than we think, and this book was a good read because it was very informative on what it is like to deal with it in every aspect of life. Petersen wrote about her struggles in work, home, and other areas of life, that seem so easy and simple to someone without a disorder like anxiety, but can be very hard for someone like Andrea. She also writes about the changes in treatment and awareness from the 80’s to now. I’m glad she wrote this book because it shows that even though you think you aren’t in control, you can harness your affliction and turn it into something positive. This book also shows that you can still be successful even if you are dealing with something like anxiety. I think that anxiety is an “out of sight, out of mind” disorder where most people choose to ignore it, or don’t even know much about it. It is good to see books like these that educate people on a certain type of illness and help people realize, “hey this is serious, something needs to be done to help.” I think that is beautiful. Mental illness cannot be generalized and people suffering from a mental illness are like snowflakes; They might all look the same on the outside, but when you take a closer look, they are all different in their own way. This book is great for people interested in Psychology, because there is some good research and experiment explanations to how some people have studied anxiety and how it works. Sometimes this book can read like a medical textbook, but it has a lot of useful information, and she uses analogies to help explain some of the big medic words. It might be an information overload right at the beginning, but it’s okay to take this book in small doses so you can really understand and appreciate what you’re reading.
*DISCLAIMER*
In accordance with FTC guidelines regarding endorsements and testimonials for bloggers, I would like my readers to know that this book was provided for me for free by the website Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I am in no way compensated for this review.
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For more info on the author visit the site: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/222793/andrea-petersen/

 

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