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A Carter Center Podcast | Andrea Petersen’s Journey through Anxiety

If you know someone who lives with anxiety, you won’t want to miss this podcast with Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow Andrea Petersen. Petersen describes how she transformed “from a slightly silly sorority girl to a terrorized shut-in in just a few weeks’ time.”

Her medical odyssey and numerous ER visits finally led to an anxiety disorder diagnosis and a life of recovery. Petersen is a Wall Street Journal contributor and writes about her experience in a lively, well-researched, and sometimes humorous memoir “On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety.”

Diagnosed during her freshman year at the University of Michigan, Petersen struggled to explain her debilitating anxiety to a “baffled boyfriend or frustrated friend.” By sharing this deeply personal story now, she hopes to provide insight and inspire empathy for the 40 million Americans suffering from the disorder.

“I call us the anxiety warriors,” Petersen explains, “and I really feel there’s strength in our anxious numbers.”

Petersen is a 2007-2008 recipient of a Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship.

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