Intense anxiety can seem to take over mind and body, and when you’re a highly sensitive person, it can feel crushing. Each of the two states can be obnoxious on its own; combine living with intense anxiety and being a highly sensitive person, and it sometimes seems like there’s no place to go where you don’t feel wired, hyper-alert, overstimulated, and like a complete wreck (Anxiety Symptoms:Recognizing Signs of Anxiety).

You’re not a complete wreck. Intense anxiety and being a highly sensitive person can make you feel that way, though.  Keep reading »

I once heard an exasperated man lament, “My depression treatment makes my anxiety worse!” He’s not alone in this frustration, and neither are you if you’ve found that treating depression worsens your anxietyKeep reading »

Nighttime anxiety can make it difficult to get back to sleep. Yawn if you’ve ever had this problem: it’s the middle of the night, and suddenly you find yourself wide awake. Sure, you’re tired, but you’re wired, too, which makes that much-needed sleep elusive. Anxious thoughts race through your mind, and no matter what you do, they won’t slow down, let alone stop. You need sleep. You want sleep. Believe it or not, it’s possible to get back to sleep despite nighttime anxiety.  Keep reading »

Many people living with panic disorder wonder, “Why am I panicking?” Panic attacks can be frightening and frustrating and emotionally and physically painful; it makes sense to want relief from and help with panic attacks. After all, the symptoms of panic disorder are awful to live with. Even worse, sometimes it can seem like there’s no reason for them, no explanation at all. When they continue to strike, seemingly out of the blue, it’s normal to bemoan, “Why am I panicking?” Believe it or not, there can be multiple hidden trauma triggers and other reasons for panic attacks.  Keep reading »

Living with anxiety is frustrating, and it becomes even more so when we find ourselves experiencing heightened anxiety for no reason. We’re living along, using the anxiety management tips we’ve learned so we’re not overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, and making joy in our days. Everything is coming up roses, and we’re enjoying the rose garden.

Then bam! Where there were roses, now there are thorns. Compounding this very unpleasant turn from low stress to heightened anxiety is the fact that it’s mysterious. We shouldn’t be experiencing anxiety, but we are. When you find yourself experiencing heightened anxiety for no reason, you might want to try these four ways to handle it. Keep reading »

School anxiety in parents who don’t go to school might seem like an odd concept. Children, adolescents, and young adults, who do go to school can absolutely experience school anxiety and stress. Sure, parents can experience anxiety, and they can worry about their kids. But school anxiety in parents? The writing on the marker board clearly states yes. Parents can have school anxiety, too.  Keep reading »

You can help kids and teens manage school anxiety. School anxiety, whether it’s back-to-school or any other time of the school year, can make life miserable for kids of all ages, and it can present numerous challenges for parents and other adults in the life of a school-anxious child or teen. School anxiety and stress can make kids worry, it can make them afraid, and it can make them hurt. School anxiety can interfere with friendships and with school success. As daunting as this can be, there are school anxiety strategies to help kids and teens manage anxiety. Keep reading »

The start of a new school year brings many things, including school anxiety and stress. Statistics on school and mental health compiled by indicate that almost half of all American children meet the criteria for a mental health disorder, and among those kids, anxiety is the most common. School anxiety and stress are causing problems for many of our kids and adolescents. Keep reading »

Anxiety exists in the body, and there are physical side effects of anxiety. We can experience anxiety symptoms throughout our whole being; indeed, anxiety impacts our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and sense of physical wellbeing. Symptoms of severe anxiety can be frightening and lead to even more anxiety. Anxiety invades the body, an unwelcome guest that overstays its unwelcome. The physical side effects of anxiety can cause difficulty and even agony.  Keep reading »

I’ve learned lessons from my anxiety, and for that I’m grateful. I was surprised when I realized this. After all, anxiety can be challenging to live with. The symptoms of anxiety affect our total being; indeed, anxiety reaches our thoughts, emotions, physical health, and behaviors. Few, if any, people would choose to live with anxiety. Yet what if we stepped back and examined anxiety from a different perspective? Wouldn’t it be nice if there were some sort of greater purpose to it, perhaps life lessons to learn from anxiety? When I stepped back to look at my anxiety differently, I realized that there are many lessons I’ve learned from anxiety.  Keep reading »