Category Archives: Anxiety

How to Endure: A Lesson from a Good Book

Reading is a luxury, and one I no longer take for granted. Not only does it require time, but it also requires a certain amount of pure mental energy and concentration. I found that painfully difficult to find when I was living with an overload of anxiety. Like a puppy that doesn’t want to sit […]

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#WriteOnSarah: A Holiday Transformation

Brown paper covered the door to what was once my dermatologists’ office. Ever since the practice moved to a new location several blocks away, the second-story office sat dormant. No light. No visitors. No indication of who or what would move in next. I had a steady awareness of what was, or what was not, […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Post-Election Anxiety

Anxiety. It’s a worry about what might happen. A worry about the future. The best way to manage these fears is to stay grounded in the present moment. I have spent the past few years working on my relationship with anxiety and here’s the good news: it doesn’t matter what the worry is about, the […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Heading Off To College With The Wrong Diagnosis

When Tess Kaytmaz left for college, she took with her a long history of therapy and a diagnosis of ADHD, a label and identity the adults in her life had given her, despite her sense that they’d gotten it all wrong. Growing up with the disconnection between a diagnosis and what she felt inside sent […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Vacation from Anxiety

Sarah Vander Schaaff is a writer, blogger and a mother of two from New Jersey, who has struggled with Obsessive-compulsive disorder for as long as she can remember. Her courageous column in the Washington Post (“Obsessive –compulsive disorder nearly ruined her life”, January 4th) received international attention for its honesty and openness. This is the first blog […]

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Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando, Florida

We here at MHA-NYC are proud to administer the Disaster Distress Helpline, the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. In the aftermath of the recent tragedy in Orlando, Florida, we’d like to remind everyone that this service provides 24/7 crisis counseling and emotional support for anyone struggling with distress or other mental […]

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#WriteOnSarah: Children, PTSD and Another Act of Terrorism

After Sunday’s mass shooting, which is being called the most deadly of its kind in our country’s history, most of us are the parameters of trauma. We watch, we read, we listen, and we may, or may not, know someone whose life was ended or forever changed by the act of terrorism in Orlando.

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#WriteOnSarah: Mental Illness in Children – Invisible Until You Look

Sarah Vander Schaaff is a writer, blogger and a mother of two from New Jersey, who has struggled with Obsessive-compulsive disorder for as long as she can remember. Her courageous column in the Washington Post (“Obsessive –compulsive disorder nearly ruined her life”, January 4th) received international attention for its honesty and openness. This is the […]

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