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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. […]

Anxiety & Depression

October 17, 2017

When we think about anxiety, we imagine our bodies “freaking out” and “revving up.” Depression, on the other hand, causes us to feel “flat” and sapped of energy—sometimes unable to get out of bed. So, we assume these disorders are opposites. While these characterizations may be broadly true, many of us are both freaking out […]

Riding the Wave: How to Manage Acute Anxiety

October 8, 2014

Abs and I often tell other anxiety sisters that it is important not to fight their anxiety — especially during a panic attack.  We use the analogy of being pulled out by a riptide in the ocean. Any experienced swimmer will tell you to swim with the current rather against it toward the shore. Here’s why: […]

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Fly, Fly Again, or How to Conquer Your Fear of Flying in Lots of Difficult Steps

May 8, 2014

Good morning, Anxiety Sisters. I am writing this blog from 35,000 feet above Florida, as I head to a writing conference in Pittsburgh. I say this matter-of-factly, but it is, actually, no small miracle that I am able to type while flying because, until a few years ago, the only way I could be on […]

Life With OCD: The Grass Is Always Greener

January 1, 2012

I’m not proud to say this, but, sometimes, when I think about having panic disorder, I feel a bit sorry for myself. Why can’t I have something less disruptive and more easily cured, like say, excessive ear wax or a hammertoe? Well, I was having one of these self-pitying moments on Friday when I read […]

Having a Panic Attack? Try a Little TLC

June 6, 2011

Need help managing panic or anxiety? Give yourself a little TLC: As Anxiety Sisters, we are first and foremost pragmatists. We know that there are all kinds of treatments out there for panic attacks and for anxiety, and we believe in trying (almost) everything. Sometimes, however, we need help in the here-and-now – something to […]

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