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Anger and Anxiety

November 14, 2018

Anxiety often shows itself in unexpected ways. Contrary to popular belief, most Anxiety Sisters don’t feel “anxious;” instead, we have stomach distress or we feel our hearts beating fast or we may even feel like we are not fully in our bodies. Many of us have come to expect and accept these kinds of symptoms, but it […]

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.

How to Help Someone with Anxiety: A Letter to Family & Friends

March 7, 2018

Last week, we asked the Anxiety Sisterhood what you want your friends and family to know about your life with anxiety, and you told us quite a lot. We tried to put it all together in letter form so you can share this with your people and add in your individual concerns:   To [Anyone […]

Anxiety Symptom: Catastrophizing

February 27, 2018

I have a headache. The kind that’s in your eyebrows and teeth and makes your eyes water. I know it’s my sinuses. Everyone is telling me (including my own rational brain) that I have a sinus headache. But I don’t believe it. This voice inside me keeps saying, “You’ve had this headache for 3 weeks! […]

Health Anxiety–Is This a Real Thing?

October 31, 2017

One of the most common questions we get in our inbox goes something like this: “Sometimes I get overwhelmed with anxiety because I truly believe that I have some form of cancer or another illness. I google my symptoms and that makes it worse. Am I the only one that has this?” Anxiety Sisters with […]

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: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

September 19, 2017

Perhaps one of the most common symptoms of anxiety is muscle tension. In fact, more than 90% of the Anxiety Sisters we’ve interviewed over the last seven years reported aches and pains in their backs, necks, shoulders and other large muscle groups. This makes sense: the anxiety response causes muscles to contract (tighten) in preparation […]

Strange Symptoms: Can This Really Be Anxiety?

September 5, 2017

I have gas. Clouds of it. Mostly burping. But occasional flatulence. And I itch. A lot. In places I often cannot reach without the aid of a long, sharp object. I know what you’re thinking: her husband is a lucky guy!   What did I do to deserve such a pleasant constellation of inconveniences? Turns […]

Anxiety Management Technique: Acceptance

August 1, 2017

This week, a few members of our community really struggled with believing their anxiety diagnoses. Mags and I understood exactly how they were feeling—we’ve both been there, done that, and literally wrote the book on it. In fact, most of the hundreds of Anxiety Sisters we have interviewed spoke of some form of denial or […]

Caffeine and Anxiety

July 13, 2017

Does my morning coffee increase anxiety ? It seems to help depression. There are several studies that support your experience that caffeine lessens depression...

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