Season 3 opens with this episode featuring Claire Bidwell Smith, author, grief counselor and Anxiety Sister. Join us as we discuss grief, anxiety, motherhood, daughterhood, great books and techniques for managing both anxiety and grief. Claire's latest book, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief can be found wherever books are sold. We highly recommend that book as well as her memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, for anyone who has ever lost someone they loved.
My teenage daughter has a diagnosis of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder because of her intense fear of germs. She is really worried about getting sick. She washes her hands until they bleed. She misses a lot of school, especially in the winter, because she is afraid of the other kids who come to school sick. It has really been disruptive in our lives. After going to a few therapists, we finally found a place that specializes in OCD. They are doing something called “exposure therapy” for her germ phobia. I am a little confused about some of the things that we have to do. For example, I can no longer give her hand sanitizer to take to school or even offer it to her if we are out to dinner, which doesn't make sense to me because I don't want her to get sick either. Have you heard of this?
We have had an inordinate number of Anxiety Sisters write to us lately about feeling depressed—really depressed. Not being able to get out of bed depressed. Not washing their hair or brushing their teeth depressed. Not able to eat depressed. We’re not sure why all of a sudden we are hearing so much of this […]
Anxiety often shows itself in unexpected ways. Contrary to popular belief, most Anxiety Sisters don’t feel “anxious;” instead, we have stomach distress or we feel our hearts beating fast or we may even feel like we are not fully in our bodies. Many of us have come to expect and accept these kinds of symptoms, but it […]
I have been dealing with frequent panic attacks for a while and I don’t know how to stop them. One friend told me to try a gluten-free diet. My brother believes that daily exercise is the only cure. My mother wants me to cut out sugar and white flour. My doctor has been on me forever to change my eating habits and exercise more. Will any of these really work? Does lack of exercise cause panic? I cannot keep going through this because I am a mess.
I’m one of those people that has always been hypervigilant about my breasts–getting yearly mammograms and ultrasounds, checking myself constantly, and getting felt up (by my doctor) as often as my health insurance would allow. I’m also one of those people that has dense, lumpy breasts, so I often felt something, which always turned out […]
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 […]
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 […]