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Mammo Whammo: Mammogram Anxiety and How to Manage It

Abs – July 28, 2013

A few weeks back, an anxiety sister told me she was a bit more anxious than usual. When I asked her if she knew why (after all, sometimes we have no idea what causes our spinning), she responded that she had her yearly mammogram scheduled for the next day. Which reminded me that my mammogram […]

Questions for Your Psychiatrist: A Checklist

Mags – February 26, 2013

A close friend of mine recently needed medication to treat her depression and anxiety symptoms.  She asked me how to find a psychiatrist, and how to make sure that person was good.  I told her that finding a good psychiatrist is like finding an excellent bagel outside of New York–it is possible, but the hunt […]

Anxiety & the City (Guest Blogger–Nicole)

Abs – June 22, 2012

I hate crowds. They make me really anxious and nervous. Ask me, then, why I live in New York City, the most crowded place on earth. (Not counting Tokyo.) The sight of people grouped together in tight clusters makes my heart race and my chest tighten. Having to stop on the sidewalk for slow moving […]

Obsessive Thoughts: The Pool Is Always Cleaner

Mags – January 17, 2012

If you read Abs’ last blog, you may have laughed a lot (I did) and assumed that it was based on a true story but exaggerated for the sake of comedy (I did).  However, after speaking with Abs for a few minutes on the phone the next day, I realized that her blog reflected the […]

Life With OCD: The Grass Is Always Greener

Abs – January 1, 2012

I’m not proud to say this, but, sometimes, when I think about having panic disorder, I feel a bit sorry for myself. Why can’t I have something less disruptive and more easily cured, like say, excessive ear wax or a hammertoe? Well, I was having one of these self-pitying moments on Friday when I read […]

OCD & Me (Guest Blogger–Susan)

Abs – December 19, 2011

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has been a presence in my life for as long as I can remember. During my early 20’s, when the OCD was at its strongest, I was plagued by various obsessions. One of my most vivid memories was standing in front of the stove, pointing at the individual knobs while saying […]

List Anxiety (Guest Blogger–Danielle)

Abs – October 9, 2011

Write four papers. Read six books. Exercise. Food shop. Send out job applications. Clean apartment. Clean the cleaning supplies. Register for tests. Reorganize closet. Do hair, makeup, get dressed.   To-do lists are an organized anxiety sister’s best friend, but at the same time, they can be overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that I often […]

Heat and Anxiety

Mags – July 21, 2011

For many reasons, Abs and I describe summer as our anxiety season.  Of course, as we are anxiety sisters, all seasons bring anxiety, but summer is the whopper.  The intense heat (which touches off anxiety for both of us), the lack of structure (which touches off anxiety for both of us), and the frequent travel […]

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