Understanding the Toll that Anxiety Takes on Life

Understanding the Toll that Anxiety Takes on Life

Anxiety  has the potential to ruin someone’s life, no matter the form of anxiety. Did you know that a large number of people who suffer won’t be diagnosed properly? Diagnosis is a difficult task, and anxiety often holds symptoms that are similar or parallel to other mental illnesses.

This makes it difficult for someone to be properly diagnosed with anxiety.

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I’m not talking about normal worries or stress related to common life-struggles. Anxiety is more than worry, stress, or fear. You will not be diagnosed with anxiety if you occasionally have a bad day because you are more stressed than usual, or are worried about upcoming events in your life.

Anxiety is more than that.

The constant, nagging fear that something horrible is going to happen at any moment.

The string of escalating possibilities in your mind that seem to never end.

What-ifs that turn into dread and debilitating fear.

This is anxiety.

It can present itself in a number of circumstances and in a number of ways. Which is why it’s unlikely that two people who are diagnosed with anxiety will have the same experiences and symptoms.

The One Book You Need to Read if You or A Loved One Is Diagnosed with Anxiety

I was recently given the opportunity to read On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety by Andrea Petersen, and the book definitely resonated with me.

Having anxiety, it is tough to think that there are others struggling as much as you are. And it’s more difficult to realize that you may not fully connect with someone else’s experiences, even if diagnosed with the same form of anxiety.

Petersen has done an excellent job of incorporating up to date facts and personal experience into one easy-to-read work of art. No seriously, it’s a work of art. She seamlessly moves from personal story to detailed facts and back.

I have yet to read a non-fiction work quite like it. While it’s packed full of information, it’s given in a way that you can relate to her story and understand what led her to that information, or why it fits within the paragraphs of her own experiences.

I would have to say that this book is best suited for people in their 20’s and over because of the extent of data that she does offer in the book. It would be best understood by individuals above this age range. That isn’t to say that someone in high school who’s been diagnosed with anxiety can’t benefit from reading On Edge because they definitely could.

But the depth of information offered on the topic of anxiety is incredible.

Summary of On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety


Andrea Petersen has given a remarkable look into her life, and how she came to be diagnosed with anxiety. Walking you through the first experiences with anxiety all the way through her life today. She has definitely poured her heart and soul into this book.

For anyone looking to gain a better understanding of anxiety and what a diagnosis of anxiety may mean for sone, On Edge is a great place to turn. She offers information into every aspect of anxiety. She also offers information into available treatment and even circumstantial experiences that seem to point certain individuals to developing anxiety.

It was incredible. I’ve done so much research of my own into mental illnesses, but Petersen has gone above and beyond anything I could have expected.

Related: How You Can Help Your Loved One with Mental Illness

The problem with anxiety is that it can show up in many different forms. Andrea Petersen has uncovered a wealth of knowledge on all things anxiety and she easily lays them out for you in this book. Click to read my book review.

Related: I Need Someone to Talk to But I Don’t Know Where to Turn

The problem with anxiety is that it can show up in many different forms. Andrea Petersen has uncovered a wealth of knowledge on all things anxiety and she easily lays them out for you in this book. Click to read my book review.

What Can You Learn from On Edge

Andrea Petersen offers great lessons for anyone diagnosed with anxiety or that knows someone who has been diagnosed with someone. As she walks you through her personal journey, she shows you how she has overcome her anxiety.

Because she gives you personal stories, different struggles for different points of her life offer up some great knowledge. And she shares all of it with her readers effectively.

Here are 5 things you can expect to learn from Petersen:

Petersen’s Personal Journey to Diagnosis

Andrea walks you through her first run-ins with anxiety and how deeply they affected her life. She also does a great job incorporating different treatment methods that she has encountered and data and statistics into those treatment options.

Past & Future Treatments for Anxiety

In the book, she talks about different treatments that have been used in the past, including some questionable treatments from before mental health treatment was more mainstream. She also touches on some upcoming treatment possibilities and how scientists are testing those treatments.

Possible Biological Origins of Anxiety Disorders

Many times, mental illness has biological factors that increase an individual’s risk of developing certain disorders. Petersen tells you the chilling story of her family history with mental illness, but she also offers some facts about the factors that increase risk.

Possible Circumstantial Origins of Anxiety Disorders

Have you ever wondered how someone from a seemingly normal upbringing develops anxiety disorders? Or other mental illnesses? Petersen introduces research into the difference between boys and girls and how upbringing may be affecting the risk of developing anxiety.

The Difficulty of Finding an Appropriate Treatment Method

Anxiety treatment looks different for most people diagnosed. Petersen is no different. As she fills your mind with helpful information and her experiences, she gives you insight into the many different treatment options she was dragged through on her journey.

Some Additional Thoughts on Anxiety

In the beginning of my treatment journey, I had been diagnosed with anxiety. After months of being in treatment that wasn’t working for me, I decided to search for help somewhere else.

But as someone who understands how difficult it can be to reach out for help, I  want to offer you some insight into how difficult it can be, especially in this generation, to find someone who truly cares and will listen.

We’re all connected and sometimes we look for help in the wrong places. Social media is great (I say that lightly) but it’s not the place to search for help when you’re dealing with symptoms of mental illness.

There are options out there that will allow you to search for help from the comfort of your home. If you want to read more about internet counseling, you can check out this article from BetterHelp.

Have you been diagnosed with anxiety? Do you know someone who has? What books have you read that were helpful in your treatment or search for treatment?


The problem with anxiety is that it can show up in many different forms. Andrea Petersen has uncovered a wealth of knowledge on all things anxiety and she easily lays them out for you in this book. Click to read my book review.

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