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Exposure Therapy

May 14, 2019

My teenage daughter has a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder because of her intense fear of germs. She is really worried about getting sick. She washes her hands until they bleed. She misses a lot of school, especially in the winter, because she is afraid of the other kids who come to school sick. It has really been disruptive in our lives. After going to a few therapists, we finally found a place that specializes in OCD. They are doing something called “exposure therapy” for her germ phobia. I am a little confused about some of the things that we have to do. For example, I can no longer give her hand sanitizer to take to school or even offer it to her if we are out to dinner, which doesn't make sense to me because I don't want her to get sick either. Have you heard of this?

Night Panic

January 14, 2019

For the last few weeks, I have been waking up with panic attacks in the middle of the night. After the panic attack I have trouble getting back to sleep. I am exhausted but I’m afraid to go to sleep at night. What do I do?

Diet, Exercise and Panic

August 29, 2018

I have been dealing with frequent panic attacks for a while and I don’t know how to stop them. One friend told me to try a gluten-free diet. My brother believes that daily exercise is the only cure. My mother wants me to cut out sugar and white flour. My doctor has been on me forever to change my eating habits and exercise more. Will any of these really work? Does lack of exercise cause panic? I cannot keep going through this because I am a mess.

Misophonia

August 8, 2018

Am I the only one that gets very anxious at the sound of someone chewing or slurping a drink? Sometimes, I get really angry at my husband for just eating (especially things that are crunchy). What is wrong with me?

Difficult Mothers

June 26, 2018

What do you do when your mother is the cause of your anxiety?  My mother was always unhappy and abusive to us as kids. My siblings have all but cut her off and moved far away. They tell me to do the same. In fact, everyone in her life has abandoned her because she is so difficult. Even my husband can't stand to be with her. So I am the only person she has left, and I can't bring myself to abandon her. But when I am with her, she gives me so much anxiety. She never acknowledges how much effort I make to see her and all she does is complain and push me to spend even more time with her. What can I do? Please help!

Tapering Off Anti-depressants

April 26, 2018

I have been on Prozac for over 7 years, and I would like to try life without it.  I have been reading that it is very hard to get off Prozac and other drugs like it. Any advice would help.

Dental Anxiety

April 4, 2018

Going to the dentist is really hard for me.  I get into the chair and, within minutes, I am shaking and crying. I can’t seem to control myself. Because it is so tough for me, I avoid the dentist for a long time and then I need even more work done when I finally get […]

Anxiety Meds Get a Bad Rap

January 18, 2018

I have been thinking about trying medication but it gets such a bad rap that I am hesitant. What are your thoughts? First, we want everyone to remember that WE ARE NOT DOCTORS.  Anything we say about medication is based on experiences other Anxiety Sisters have shared with us, literature reviews, and our own trial and […]

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