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Sometimes, The Only Strategy is DIB…

April 25, 2017

As Anxiety Sisters, we are big believers in not allowing anxiety to take over our lives. In fact, we spend most of our time trying to teach others strategies to allow them to function well despite anxiety. But we are nothing if not realists.  Sometimes, no strategy, no amount of effort, no medicine, and no […]

The Anxiety Loop

April 18, 2017

What brings on your panic attacks? For many of us, ironically, a common cause of our anxiety attacks is….well…our anxiety attacks. Yes, it is kind of the chicken and egg scenario. But, since panic attacks are so physically and emotionally difficult, we often become most anxious about the idea of dealing with another attack. We […]

Phobias vs. Fears: An Important Distinction

April 11, 2017

The only thing worse than my flying phobia was listening to everyone explain how flying is statistically safer than driving.  During my most phobic years, I always wanted to turn to these good Samaritans and say, “Listen, you idiot, I am a semi-intelligent adult; I know planes are the safest mode of transportation and I […]

Anxiety Relief Technique: Grounding

April 4, 2017

Anxiety can do a lot of damage when it shows up, but, for me, the worst is how disorienting the experience can be: it literally turns my world upside down so that I have no idea how to “right myself.” Of course, this discombobulation compounds the already awful situation (kind of like when you tug […]

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