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Election anxiety

March 16, 2017

Since the election in November, I have been feeling very anxious and have had trouble sleeping through the night. During the day my heart pounds for no apparent reason. And I wake up at 2 or 3 every morning and can’t fall back to sleep. I feel so exhausted at work, I can barely concentrate. Can politics cause an anxiety disorder? Am I going to be awake for the next four years? Help me!

Anxiety in hot weather

February 2, 2017

Okay, this is probably not the kind of thing you are looking for, but I get really anxious when the weather is hot. So, during the summer months (I live in Texas), I am literally a wreck all the time. Is there anything I can do about this? Is this a real anxiety thing?

My adrenaline rushes are causing anxiety attacks

January 2, 2017

Adrenaline rushes used to propel me to successful results—academically, athletically and in my career. Now, however, anxiety has kicked in big time so when I watch a sporting event or perform competitively, my body reacts with the old adrenaline rush, which now creates the same symptoms as my anxiety “attacks.” Do I have to pop a pill to participate or do I now have to abstain?

Anxiety medicine is putting a crimp on my love life

December 2, 2016

Okay Sisters, please help me (and my boyfriend) out! I currently take anxiety medicine, and it is not something I can discontinue. The problem is that the meds have put a significant crimp in my love life. I can still climb the mountain, so to speak, but simply cannot get to the other side, if you get my drift. Any ideas? Suggestions?

Heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, and dizziness

November 2, 2016

Over the past few months I have been having heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, and dizziness which lasts only for a couple of minutes—maybe five at the most. I went to my doctor who told me it was probably anxiety attacks but sent me to a cardiologist for some tests. Everything came out normal, but I’m still having these episodes and they feel like something’s really wrong. I’m 30 years old and have never had anxiety problems before. How do I know this is just anxiety and why am I getting it now?

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