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 […]
Many of us in the sisterhood have described the sensation, during moments of intense anxiety, of watching ourselves as if we were not in our own bodies. Not that I don’t often dream of being in someone else’s body (preferably someone smaller). But this particular anxiety symptom is no one’s dream. It’s weird and frightening and, frankly, can make you think you’ve gone off the deep end...
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: […]
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 […]