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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 […]

Social Phobia

July 25, 2017

Many of us Anxiety Sisters struggle with what is commonly known as Social Anxiety. But that name doesn’t accurately capture the true nature of this particular anxiety disorder. Actually, the irrational fear of being judged and scrutinized in social situations is a phobia; we believe this distinction is important, especially when it comes to treatment […]

Anxiety Management Technique: Naming Your Monsters

July 11, 2017

Years ago, when I was new to the anxiety scene, I had absolutely no idea what was going on inside my head. I understood vaguely that I had some kind of mental issue, but, back then, Panic Disorder as a diagnosis didn’t really explain much.   Here’s what I did know: I was having lots […]

Anxiety Management Technique: Bookending

May 23, 2017

Originally used as a tool to help 12-step recovery addicts prevent relapse, bookending involves creating a positive activity on either end of a potentially triggering event. For example, if I know that going to the doctor will cause me to feel panicky (true story), I might “bookend” the visit with something more pleasant. It’s kind […]

Anxiety Meds

May 18, 2017

We are definitely NOT against the use of medication in the treatment of anxiety. In fact, we both take medication daily and would not be willing to go off it!

How To Listen To Anxious Teens

May 16, 2017

Talking to teenagers can be a tricky proposition at times; this is primarily because we adults have an agenda—we want them to listen to us and take our advice. Of course this is well-intended, but most teens I know (and from my years as a social worker in a high school, I know quite a […]

Yoga Poses That Reduce Anxiety: A Guide for Yoga-Phobes and Naysayers

May 2, 2017

Confession: I don’t like yoga. I’ve tried it once or twice— “easy” Hatha yoga, which wasn’t easy for me at all. In fact, some of the poses were downright uncomfortable. My warrior pose was wobbly, at best, and my triangle more resembled a trapezoid. I felt off-balance and sweaty while everyone else seemed to be […]

Sometimes, The Only Strategy is DIB…

April 25, 2017

As Anxiety Sisters, we are big believers in not allowing anxiety to take over our lives. In fact, we spend most of our time trying to teach others strategies to allow them to function well despite anxiety. But we are nothing if not realists.  Sometimes, no strategy, no amount of effort, no medicine, and no […]

Transitions Trigger My Anxiety

March 21, 2017

This year has brought about a lot of change in my life, and, if I’m being honest, I don’t do so well with change. Never have. Probably never will. Change, for me, is not about “going with the flow” or “riding the tide” with serenity, confident that things will all work out. I mean who […]

Whatever Doesn’t Kill Me…

February 22, 2017

I am definitely very suspicious of people who see life lessons in every terrible thing that happens to them. So, when people would suggest that my anxiety attacks could be a learning experience, I couldn’t see it. The only thing I learned when I spent entire flights dry heaving in the putrid smelling lavatory during a major panic was to check for tissues stuck to my shoes before disembarking.

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