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Eating Disorders and Anxiety, Part One

Abs – January 9, 2018

Like so many other Anxiety Sisters, I not only have anxiety disorder and depression (managed fairly well through medication and the strategies we write about on our blog), but also an eating disorder. While these may be diagnosed as three different brain illnesses, they are all connected and intertwined with each other. In particular, my […]

Guiding Words vs. New Year’s Resolutions

Mags – January 2, 2018

Just as I was finally starting to believe I had survived the holiday season relatively unscathed—only the usual garden-variety anxiety with a smattering of depression—New Year’s Day rolls around, and my anxiety spikes.   Why? Because January 1 is judgment day. It’s the day I am supposed to promise myself in writing what I will […]

We want to hear from you!

Mags – December 12, 2017

Dear Anxiety Sisters, Tuesday is usually the day we post a new blog, but, this week, life (read: anxiety) got in the way of writing for both of us. If you read Abs’ recent blog, you know that she was hit pretty hard with depression about a month ago. She decided to take a couple […]

Why Panic Makes Us Feel Like We’re Dying

Mags – December 5, 2017

Recently, we spoke with an Anxiety Brother who copes with his panic attacks by sitting in the ER—without checking in. On one hand, he knows that he is probably having a panic attack and won’t need medical attention. On the other hand, just in case this time he is having a heart attack, he wants […]

Why I Take Anxiety Meds: 10 Women Speak Out

Abs – November 28, 2017

From Katherine: I tried medication, reluctantly, when I was much younger but it made my heart start racing and I wanted to crawl out of my skin.  After that, I was never going to go on meds again. I would just deal with my anxiety the best I could. Living with severe OCD became more and […]

Family Gatherings & Anxiety

Abs – November 21, 2017

Turkeys are not the only ones who get freaked out in November. Holiday gatherings stir up my anxiety something fierce. It starts around now in anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner at my brother’s home. When I think about that event, my heart starts to thump loud enough for me to hear. My breathing gets shallower and […]

My Depression

Abs – November 14, 2017

My depression is back. As always, it crept up on me in the night, and I awoke to darkness, even with the Florida sunlight piercing the windows of my bedroom. Everything aches—my legs and lower back especially—like I’ve been crouching in a tight space for hours. Sitting up is too much effort so I lie […]

Thoughts on Brain Illness

Mags – November 7, 2017

Last week my friend and neighbor, John, committed suicide. As a native of England, he served time in an elite military unit. That experience led him to champion conflict resolution and work in some of the most troubled places on earth. John was extraordinarily smart and worldly—a wonderful friend and mentor to my kids.   […]

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