I was walking in the mall with my new boyfriend when I got flushed, hot, and dizzy out of the blue. I had to get out of there as fast as possible because I thought I would pass out if I stayed in the mall. It was so embarrassing because I did not know what to say to my boyfriend. Why would I get a panic attack in the mall when I was not even feeling anxious? Now I am afraid to go back there! What do I do now?
We Anxiety Sisters are all too familiar with the “fight or flight” response that gets activated by our sympathetic nervous systems when we perceive a threat (real or imagined). You know what I mean—the surge of adrenaline that runs through your body making your heart beat faster, your breathing get heavier, your body heat up, […]
One of the worst things about this time of year are all the articles I see about how to deal with anxiety during the holidays. Somehow these authors presume that I usually eat really well and exercise diligently, and they just need to remind me to keep doing so during the holidays. Likewise, they assume […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As a former professor of communication, I know that how we talk to ourselves about our experiences shapes how we view those experiences. Whenever I hear the term “panic attack,” it usually makes me feel panicky. So we Anxiety Sisters decided to adopt a kinder, gentler term for “panic/anxiety attack:” spinning. We like this term […]
Several folks have emailed us questions after reading Abs’ blog about her conquered fear of flying. Most of you want specifics regarding how to start flying again after fear has kept you away—in some cases, for years… Not that I’m trying to one-up anybody, but my own flying phobia is legendary among my family, friends, […]