About Calm Clinic - Meet the Editors

Calm Clinic was founded on the idea that knowledge is power, and we continue providing information designed to help others permanently overcome their anxiety issues while bringing greater awareness to what it's like to live with constant anxiety. We are dedicated to provide information that is only up to the highest scientific standards.

Medical Reviewers

Faiq Shaikh, M.D.

A clinical physician & researcher in Medical imaging, trained at UNC. He has several years of experience in clinical imaging of neurological and cancer imaging, and has written many scientific papers in this space.

He is also fellowship-trained in Medical informatics. He has been awarded as the distinguished fellow of Medical ethics by AMEBI, and wrote on Ethical considerations of Neuropsychiatric imaging. He has a deep understanding of neuropsychiatric conditions and explores new avenues to detect and monitor them.

Faiq's linkedin

Daniel Sher, Clinical Psychologist

Daniel Sher is a registered clinical psychologist, practicing in Cape Town, South Africa. Having received his training at the University of Cape Town, Daniel subsequently worked and received training Health at various psychiatric and district-level hospitals, as well as community health centers within Cape Town.

His professional interests include psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral interventions, neuropsychology and neuro-psychoanalysis. A life-long Type 1 Diabetic himself, Daniel is passionate about providing coaching and psychological interventions for people with diabetes. Daniel is also a passionate writer and researcher, having contributed to several online mental health publications and published within the South African Journal of Psychology. When he’s not working, Daniel enjoys surfing, martial arts, meditation and travel.

Daniel's academic work.

Denise Griswold, MSc, Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling

Denise Marie Griswold earned her Master’s of Science in Substance Abuse and Clinical Counseling from East Carolina University in 2014. Since this time she has worked primarily with dually diagnosed populations in residential treatment.

Her linkedin.

Susan Masterson, Ph.D. Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine

Susan holds a PhD in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, an area focusing on the mental and psychological aspects of the wellness to illness continuum. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Kentucky, with experience including physical rehabilitation hospitals, an EEG neurofeedback laboratory, and Federal Prisons for inmates with chronic medical and mental illnesses.

A significant portion of her work has focused on substance abuse treatment, trauma recovery, and adjustment-related emotional disorders. She currently teaches online Psychology courses for Midway University, writes blogs about fitness and mind/body science, and does freelance writing about mental health-related topics. In her free time she loves jumping on a trampoline with her daughter, keeping her two cats happy, and relaxing with her husband.

Her blogs: Doctor Strive to Thrive and What Goes on in There?.

Vivian Okirie, MD

Dr. Vivian Okirie is a Resident Physician at UT Health Science Center at Houston in Internal Medicine. Although new to the city, she has quickly grown warm to the Texas flare she encounters from her patients on a daily basis. The combination of being a Morehouse School of Medicine graduate, being raised in Alabama, and retaining her Nigerian culture has cultivated her passion of working in typically underserved populations with compassion and grace.

Vivian serves as a Freelance Editor in addition to Content Creator of a medical social media platform (@thenaijadoc) that works to educate the public on the journey from medical school to residency.

Vivian enjoys fitness, traveling, trying new recipes, and having random thought provoking conversations with strangers (who become friends). Please feel free to contact me via any the included outlets.

Her linkedin and instagram.

Wendy M Yoder, Ph.D. Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Wendy Yoder received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Florida. Prior to graduate school, she earned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy. She has authored numerous publications in academic journals such as Neurobiology of Aging, Chemical Senses and Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.

Currently, she works as a neuroscience consultant and grant writer in fields ranging from pharmacology to military biotechnology. In addition to neuroscience, she has taught courses in cognitive psychology, microbiology, sensory physiology and anatomy. Her primary specialization is behavioral physiology. In her spare time, she reads classic literature, jokes around a lot and dresses her cats in ridiculous clothes.

More about Wendy: linkedin, twitter and ResearchGate.

Editorial Team

Micah Abraham, BSc Psychology

Micah is the lead content writer and editor for CalmClinic and has been a part of the CalmClinic team since early 2011. As a graduate of the University of Washington, Micah received a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with additional graduate coursework in intelligence and addictive behaviors.

His original plan was to achieve an advanced degree in clinical psychology and he was accepted into a master’s program at Columbia University. But a series of events led him to pursue a passion for writing. CalmClinic provides both an outlet for his writing, and a chance to create content about a topic that is true to his background.

Today, he continues to be deeply engaged with the CalmClinic team and is focused on creating a research-based resource that is simple enough for those without a psychology background.

Why Do We Do This?

Anxiety is a misunderstood condition, and these misunderstandings have caused millions of those living with anxiety to fear their symptoms and struggle to overcome relief. Those that have not experienced anxiety think of it like healthy anxiousness - after all, anxiety at its core is actually an important emotion. It keeps you safe at times of danger and prepares you for fighting or fleeing.

That's caused anxiety to be looked at through the lens of healthy anxiousness, like the type you experience before a test in school, a meeting with your boss, or when you're going up to talk to someone cute for the first time.

Anxiety disorders are very different, and far more troubling. Anxiety disorders aren't just some mild physical sensations. They're a combination of mental and physical symptoms that in some cases can become overwhelming. In fact, the symptoms of anxiety can be so powerful that they cause people to fear their anxiety every day.

Everyone knows that anxiety causes worry. But what you may not know is that anxiety can cause images of yourself doing horrific things, beliefs that you're losing your mind or going crazy, or the sudden feeling that at that very moment you're about to die.

Anxiety changes the way you think to become more negative, forces you to focus on ideas that cause distress, and may even make you worry every day about issues that you know are completely irrational. Anxiety isn't just worries - it's a complete change to your thought process.

But perhaps the area most lacking in information is the physical symptoms - and there are a LOT of them. The physical symptoms of anxiety are profoundly misunderstood, and mimic very serious health problems including diabetes, multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, coronary artery disease, and more.

Google any symptom and the term "anxiety" and you get nothing but forums asking if others have the same experience, and panicking over the idea that something may be horribly wrong. Google just the symptoms themselves and you don't see anxiety at all - you see terrible diseases that cause you even further anxiety.

Anxiety causes nearly every type of physical problem imaginable - from chest pains, to brain fog, to firing leg nerves and more. And yet few people that suffer from these symptoms know that they're struggling from anxiety, and those that do often find it difficult to track down any information or verification that these are actual anxiety symptoms.