We all experience anxiety to some degree, and some amount of anxiety is helpful to decision making. But what happens when anxiety becomes disabling? In “On Edge”, Andrea Peterson tells us her story of struggling with anxiety, the ups and downs, the treatments that have worked or failed, and how she has come to terms with it. In addition to her personal story, she has interwoven the science behind what causes anxiety, what eases anxiety, and ways to cope with it. This book is a fascinating journey into the mental process that is anxiety and the many ways that it manifests itself in our daily lives.
I really enjoyed this book. The author has thoroughly researched every aspect of the topic, with chapters focusing on medications, alternative treatments, anxiety in children, and how anxious parents can avoid creating anxious kids. I like that in every chapter she tells a part of her story but then talks about the science that relates to that aspect of her journey. The book is very well organized and presents even the more difficult scientific pieces in an easy-to-read format. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who lives with anxiety, no matter how severe, or to someone who wants a better understanding of a friend or loved one’s anxiety experience. Anxiety is here to stay but understanding it can make it easier to cope with.
Alinefromabook’s rating: 5 stars!!
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An excellent treatise on a common malady. Stress related anxiety is becoming more and more common in today’s world. Many people turn immediately to medication, some of which can be addictive. In “The Art of Remaining Calm”, Dr. Deschamp has done an excellent job of explaining anxiety and the various mechanisms available to treat it. I was very impressed by the readability of this book, the average Joe will find the explanations easy to understand. I also appreciated the way the book was laid out, the topics in each chapter build on each other in a logical sequence. Dr. Deschamp begins with an explanation of what stress is and its causes. He then moves to complications that can arise and a discussion of why some people are more susceptible to stress than others. In the final chapters he discusses various forms of treatment from exercise and nutrition to herbal supplements and medications. He gives a lot of options and encouragement along the way. If you or someone you know struggles with anxiety, this book would be a great place to start looking for answers. I would consider this book like a map and you can pick the destinations (treatments) that are most appealing to you.
Who is this book appropriate for?: This book is a good one for anybody who has anxiety or just wants to learn more about in a simple, easy-to-read style. This book is appropriate for teenagers and adults.
Alinfromabook’s rating: I give this self-help book a big THUMBS-UP!