What the People Who Are Holding it Together Know

A therapist’s advice for fighting anxiety in the midst of chaos

Kathleen Smith
Forge
Published in
4 min readOct 28, 2020

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People vary in their ability to adapt in times of stress and uncertainty — from not knowing if we’ll see our families this holiday to not knowing if election results will be definitive.

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Kathleen Smith
Forge
Writer for

Kathleen Smith is a therapist and author of the book Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down.