Ask the Anxiety Sisters

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.

Parenting Anxiety

July 18, 2018

As most Anxiety Sisters know, anxiety is contagious. This is quite evident when anxious parents receive unhappy calls from anxious kids spending time away from home over the summer. If you are anything like us, you want to reach into the phone and quickly rescue your child from anxiety or sadness. But since that technology […]

Vitamins and Anxiety

March 14, 2018

I came late to the vitamin party; I never took a multi, and I couldn’t hold down my prenatals. I guess I didn’t really believe supplements made that much of a difference. So imagine my surprise when, several years ago, my doctor suggested I undergo a comprehensive nutrient evaluation as part of my treatment plan […]

Caregiver Anxiety

February 13, 2018

Many Anxiety Sisters ask us for tips on how to deal with the overwhelming anxiety they experience as caregivers of elderly relatives, ill spouses, children with special needs, etc. As both of us have been caregivers over extended periods of time, we know that caregiving adds enormous amounts of stress to our already anxious and […]

Eating and Anxiety: What Helped Me

February 8, 2018

Lots of Anxiety Sisters have been emailing me about my eating and anxiety blog series to ask “what helped you?” I won’t keep you in suspense any longer–what helped me learn to manage my eating issues (and my anxiety) is an extraordinary place in the mountains of Vermont called Green Mountain at Fox Run, which […]

Eating and Anxiety, Part Three

February 6, 2018

I want to begin by thanking the many anxiety sisters who have responded to this blog series with statements like, “This is so me!” or “This is my story too!” Although I have been writing about my anxiety disorder for years and am quite comfortable revealing everything about that struggle, writing about my eating disorder […]

Eating Disorders and Anxiety, Part One

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 […]

PTSD

October 19, 2017

I have panic attacks and I tend to worry about everything to an extreme amount.  A year ago, I started medication which has helped so much.  Recently I started to go to therapy and I was also diagnosed with PTSD from my childhood.  I had a mother that gave me the silent treatment for days […]

Fatigue and Anxiety

October 10, 2017

After our recent Facebook conversation on this subject, one thing became very clear: anxiety is exhausting for everyone! The second thing that struck us was how many of you wished people in your lives understood this. So we thought we’d do some research and get some info out into the blogosphere on this really important […]

Anxiety Management Technique: Use Your Superpowers

October 3, 2017

You know that game—which superpower would you choose? Some pick flying (probably not panic sisters), some pick invisibility (social anxiety sisters?), some pick x-ray vision (not me—I would freak out if I could see every germ! Yes, I am an OCD sister). It’s fun to imagine what we could do given extraordinary abilities. But what […]

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