Meet our new BFF Achea Redd--author, mental health advocate, wife of an NBA star and mom of two. Founder of Real Girls F.A.R.T., Achea, aka "Keys," is smart, compassionate and so much fun. She is also willing to share really painful stuff in the name of de-stigmatizing mental health issues. Join us for this very special episode in which we tackle some really tough subjects with unflinching honesty and, of course, lots of laughs.
My teenage daughter has a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder because of her intense fear of germs. She is really worried about getting sick. She washes her hands until they bleed. She misses a lot of school, especially in the winter, because she is afraid of the other kids who come to school sick. It has really been disruptive in our lives. After going to a few therapists, we finally found a place that specializes in OCD. They are doing something called “exposure therapy” for her germ phobia. I am a little confused about some of the things that we have to do. For example, I can no longer give her hand sanitizer to take to school or even offer it to her if we are out to dinner, which doesn't make sense to me because I don't want her to get sick either. Have you heard of this?
In this episode, Abs and Mags are joined by licensed mental health counselor Shiri Macri who is an expert in meditation and mindfulness based stress reduction(MBSR). Shiri explains how meditation affects the brain, including how it can reduce anxiety and tells us how to begin a meditation practice. She also shares her own story as both a breast cancer survivor and Anxiety Sister.
Hello Anxiety Sisters! Wow, have I missed writing that! I know a lot of you may be wondering where I’ve been, so that is exactly what I’m going to tell you. The last blog I wrote was in the summer, before I started college. Once I made it to college, things got a little crazy. […]
In this episode, Jeff Fink, Founder of Go Fetch Wellness, drops by for a chat about his own experience with persistent mental illness and how getting his Golden Retriever, Earl, started him on a path to healing. We also talk about Jeff's mission to educate about and advocate for the integration of animals into mainstream mental health treatments and what you can do if you are interested in getting involved.
We know traveling can be anxiety-provoking, but come with us to a faraway land—just for a minute. The Agora, in Ancient Greece, was the center of the action. It hosted political and civic events, the arts, and sports. Eventually, it also became the major marketplace where all sorts of things were sold and traded. It […]
We have had an inordinate number of Anxiety Sisters write to us lately about feeling depressed—really depressed. Not being able to get out of bed depressed. Not washing their hair or brushing their teeth depressed. Not able to eat depressed. We’re not sure why all of a sudden we are hearing so much of this […]
One of the worst things about this time of year are all the articles I see about how to deal with anxiety during the holidays. Somehow these authors presume that I usually eat really well and exercise diligently, and they just need to remind me to keep doing so during the holidays. Likewise, they assume […]
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 […]