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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.

Cancer and Anxiety (Guest Blogger Susan)

August 22, 2018

I’m one of those people that has always been hypervigilant about my breasts–getting yearly mammograms and ultrasounds, checking myself constantly, and getting felt up (by my doctor) as often as my health insurance would allow. I’m also one of those people that has dense, lumpy breasts, so I often felt something, which always turned out […]

Misophonia

August 8, 2018

Am I the only one that gets very anxious at the sound of someone chewing or slurping a drink? Sometimes, I get really angry at my husband for just eating (especially things that are crunchy). What is wrong with me?

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 […]

Difficult Mothers

June 26, 2018

What do you do when your mother is the cause of your anxiety?  My mother was always unhappy and abusive to us as kids. My siblings have all but cut her off and moved far away. They tell me to do the same. In fact, everyone in her life has abandoned her because she is so difficult. Even my husband can't stand to be with her. So I am the only person she has left, and I can't bring myself to abandon her. But when I am with her, she gives me so much anxiety. She never acknowledges how much effort I make to see her and all she does is complain and push me to spend even more time with her. What can I do? Please help!

PCOS & Anxiety (with special guest blogger Anne Poirier)

May 9, 2018

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is the most commonly diagnosed endocrine issue in women of childbearing age (15-44)—between seven and ten percent of women develop this condition, which is an imbalance of reproductive hormones (e.g., estrogen and progesterone). Because of this imbalance, the ovaries do not function effectively, thereby creating irregular menstruation and fertility issues as […]

Your Thyroid & Anxiety

April 18, 2018

My thyroid has been causing me grief since I was a child, when my neck first starting looking puffy—like I had been stung by bees on both sides. My swollen glands protruded so much that doctors used to stop my mother on the street and tell her I needed to see an endocrinologist right away. […]

Dental Anxiety

April 4, 2018

Going to the dentist is really hard for me.  I get into the chair and, within minutes, I am shaking and crying. I can’t seem to control myself. Because it is so tough for me, I avoid the dentist for a long time and then I need even more work done when I finally get […]

Anxiety Medication: The Dark Side

March 28, 2018

Several weeks ago, we posted a blog about anxiety medication in which we took the stance that, since anxiety is a medical issue (a brain disorder), treating it with medication may be necessary—much in the same way we treat bacterial infections with antibiotics or diabetes with insulin. In our zeal to counteract the stigma surrounding […]

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