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Anxiety Meds Get a Bad Rap

January 18, 2018

I have been thinking about trying medication but it gets such a bad rap that I am hesitant. What are your thoughts? First, we want everyone to remember that WE ARE NOT DOCTORS.  Anything we say about medication is based on experiences other Anxiety Sisters have shared with us, literature reviews, and our own trial and […]

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 […]

Why I Take Anxiety Meds: 10 Women Speak Out

November 28, 2017

From Katherine: I tried medication, reluctantly, when I was much younger but it made my heart start racing and I wanted to crawl out of my skin.  After that, I was never going to go on meds again. I would just deal with my anxiety the best I could. Living with severe OCD became more and […]

Family Gatherings & Anxiety

November 21, 2017

Turkeys are not the only ones who get freaked out in November. Holiday gatherings stir up my anxiety something fierce. It starts around now in anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner at my brother’s home. When I think about that event, my heart starts to thump loud enough for me to hear. My breathing gets shallower and […]

The Stigma of Mental Illness: Voices from the Sisterhood

September 12, 2017

From Katherine: I tried medication, reluctantly, when I was much younger but it made my heart start racing and I wanted to crawl out of my skin.  After that, I was never going to go on meds again. I would just deal with my anxiety the best I could. Living with severe OCD became more and […]

Body Size & Anxiety

August 15, 2017

This morning, a woman (whom I had only just met) told me that the only reason most people don’t eat healthy is because they are “lazy.” My Social Worker alarm ringing, I immediately contradicted her by speaking of the challenges that people living in poverty face in terms of accessing healthy food. She then replied, “Anyone […]

Honey, I Lost the Kids (Mom Anxiety 2)

July 4, 2017

Let me set the scene: I decided to extract my children from their electronic devices by taking them on a walk at a nature preserve. It was a lovely day, we were having a great time, and they didn’t even have their phones in hand (what a victory! ) We walked much further than we planned, […]

In Memoriam: Mental Illness Connects Us All

August 3, 2014

Like many of you, I cannot stop thinking about the suicide of Robin Williams.  In fact, when I look at my Facebook friends—people I have known since elementary school and others who are new friends and acquaintances—I am astounded by the number of folks who have been touched by depression, substance addiction and suicide.  I […]

OCD & Me (Guest Blogger–Susan)

December 19, 2011

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) has been a presence in my life for as long as I can remember. During my early 20’s, when the OCD was at its strongest, I was plagued by various obsessions. One of my most vivid memories was standing in front of the stove, pointing at the individual knobs while saying […]

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