Ask the Anxiety Sisters

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?

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 […]

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! […]

Why Panic Makes Us Feel Like We’re Dying

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 […]

Practicing Self-Compassion

September 26, 2017

Earlier, I was telling Abs that I have been feeling down for the last few days and I can’t get anything done, which is making me feel both useless and frustrated. “Yes, that is the vicious cycle of depression,” Abs reminded me. “What would you say to another Anxiety Sister having the same problem?” I took […]

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 […]

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