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Caregiver Anxiety

February 13, 2018

Many Anxiety Sisters ask us for tips on how to deal with the overwhelming anxiety they experience as caregivers of elderly relatives, ill spouses, children with special needs, etc. As both of us have been caregivers over extended periods of time, we know that caregiving adds enormous amounts of stress to our already anxious and […]

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 […]

Anxiety & Family Gatherings

November 16, 2017

My family does not get along and it is very stressful.  It causes me to have severe anxiety. I have tried tuning them out, but it does not work. I find myself in between warring family members. My question is about how I can manage my anxiety over the upcoming holidays. I really cannot handle […]

Health Anxiety–Is This a Real Thing?

October 31, 2017

One of the most common questions we get in our inbox goes something like this: “Sometimes I get overwhelmed with anxiety because I truly believe that I have some form of cancer or another illness. I google my symptoms and that makes it worse. Am I the only one that has this?” Anxiety Sisters with […]

Halloween Anxiety: 7 Tips for Helping Kids Cope

October 24, 2017

For many of us, Halloween is a really fun event, bringing back memories of dressing up, trick-or-treating, and gorging on candy (okay, some of us don’t need Halloween for this activity). So, we are naturally excited to share this experience with the children in our lives (and eat their candy while they are sleeping). However, many […]

PTSD

October 19, 2017

I have panic attacks and I tend to worry about everything to an extreme amount.  A year ago, I started medication which has helped so much.  Recently I started to go to therapy and I was also diagnosed with PTSD from my childhood.  I had a mother that gave me the silent treatment for days […]

Anxiety Management Technique: Use Your Superpowers

October 3, 2017

You know that game—which superpower would you choose? Some pick flying (probably not panic sisters), some pick invisibility (social anxiety sisters?), some pick x-ray vision (not me—I would freak out if I could see every germ! Yes, I am an OCD sister). It’s fun to imagine what we could do given extraordinary abilities. But what […]

Acupuncture

September 7, 2017

Needles all over my body? Are you crazy? Nope. Just anxious. And acupuncture is a great tool for managing anxiety. Based on ancient Chinese medical practices, acupuncture works to balance the life force or energy current called Qi (pronounced “kee”) that travels via specific meridians throughout the body. When these pathways are blocked, the Qi […]

Driving Phobias

August 17, 2017

I have a phobia of driving. Do you have any suggestions?

Anxiety Management Technique: Diaphragmatic Breathing

August 8, 2017

One of the most powerful tools in the Anxiety Sister’s arsenal is breathing. The thing is, the type of breathing that helps anxiety is not necessarily intuitive and may require practice (remember Lamaze class?). So, it’s a good idea to rehearse a little when you are not spinning.   A very quick science lesson: two […]

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