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I Hate Anxiety Podcast

I Hate Anxiety Podcast

By Larry Quicksall
If you hate anxiety and want to learn what you can do to get rid of it, then you are in the right place. I'm Larry Quicksall, a mental health therapist with 30 plus years in the field. I've spent the past decade specializing in helping those with severe anxiety disorders, and today I'm bringing my knowledge, insight, and experience to this podcast. My goal is simple: to help you escape the pain and frustration of anxiety, so you can better enjoy your life! Thanks for joining me - Let's get started!
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167 - Don't White Knuckle It - 2/11/2021
On today's podcast I want to talk with you about the dangers of "white knuckling it" when it comes to facing your fears fears and triggers, and share with you an alternative process that will help.
February 11, 2021
166 - Be Kind to Yourself - 2/2/2021
Anxiety is hard enough already, but we don't need to beat up on ourselves too.  Today I want to share with you how negative self talk can be projected onto others to make it appear that everyone is against us, when that may not be the case.  How do we counter this?  Be kind to yourself.
February 01, 2021
165 - Loss of Intimacy - 1/27/2021
Today's podcast addresses the topic of intimacy and the impact that anxiety can have on it.
January 27, 2021
164 - Anxiety and Your Self-Esteem - 1/7/2021
Today I want to talk with you about how over time anxiety results in negative self-talk that damages your self-esteem and what you need to do about that.
January 11, 2021
163 - Trust After Anxiety - 1/7/2021
Trust can be impacted by anxiety and trauma, where we trust people to distrust them in several ways.  Let's talk about that on today's podcast.
January 07, 2021
162 - Anxiety's Impact on Safety - 1/4/2021
One of the things that can be negatively impacted by anxiety is our sense of safety.  On today's podcast I look at four key factors that change our view of what safety means to each of us.
January 04, 2021
161 - Does Control Keep You Safe? - 11/16/2020
Sometimes we develop the belief that if we are in control we will be safe and secure.  However, this belief is not accurate and can result in problems over time.  Let's look at this issue in today's podcast. Enjoy my other podcasts and share them with your friends! Morning Coffee with Larry Quicksall Website at Morning Devotions with Larry Quicksall I Hate Anxiety Podcast Website at Restoring the Farmstead Website at
November 16, 2020
160 - Don't Assume Your Beliefs are Accurate - 11/12/2020
Do you assume your beliefs are true?  Of course you do.  We all do.  However, when we talk about anxious beliefs that others do not seem to share, then maybe we ought to ask ourselves "How do I know my beliefs are true?"  Let's dig into this topic on today's podcast.
November 12, 2020
159 - Don't Leave Me! I Need You! - 10/31/2020
On today's episode we are going to look at anxiety and dependency on others, how it can develop, what it can look like, and what you can do about it. Click on the below link to learn more about the I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge and receive a 50% Discount if you purchase by midnight on Sunday November 1st, 2020.
October 31, 2020
158 - The 30-Day Challenge - 10/27/2020
In today's podcast I am excited to tell you about the "I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge", a program years in the making to help you overcome the anxiety in your life.  In the podcast I share with you the 5 strategies that this program is based upon, the topics covered each of the 30-Day Challenge, the daily routine when taking the challenge, and a 50% discount for those signing up for this initial class.  Time is of the essence as the class starts on Monday, November 2, 2020, and registration ends promptly at midnight on November 1st.  To learn more about the program and to receive your 50% discount follow this link:
October 27, 2020
157 - Security and Control - 10/22/2020
Do you find yourself believing that in order to be safe and secure that you have to be in control?  If so, I recorded this podcast for you! Click on the below link to learn more about the I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge and receive a 50% Discount if you purchase by midnight on Sunday November 1st, 2020.
October 22, 2020
156 - If I'm Vulnerable I'm in Danger - 10/16/2020
Can you relate to this statement: "If I'm Vulnerable I'm in Danger".  If you can, then you need to listen to this episode, because you are going the wrong way down a one way street!  Let's dig into this one! Click on the below link to learn more about the I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge and receive a 50% Discount if you purchase by midnight on Sunday November 1st, 2020.
October 16, 2020
155 - Approval Addiction - 10/12/2020
Perfectionism  and being around a hyper critical person can lead to self doubt, which can cascade to Approval Addiction.  But what is this? How can it happen?  How does one recover from it?  Let's dig into this topic on today's podcast! Click on the below link to learn more about the I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge and receive a 50% Discount if you purchase by midnight on Sunday November 1st, 2020.
October 12, 2020
154 - The Problem with Perfectionism - 10/8/2020
There are many problems with perfectionism, so why do some people still pursue it?  What is a good alternative to being a perfectionist?  Let's talk about perfectionism on today's podcast. Click on the below link to learn more about the I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge and receive a 50% Discount if you purchase by midnight on Sunday November 1st, 2020.
October 08, 2020
153 - Words Mean Things - 10/05/2020
Did you ever stop to think that your mind is listening and believing everything you say?  So what are you saying about yourself, other people, and the world around you?  Is what you are saying helping or hurting you?  Today's topic will help you look at your words differently because Words Mean Things! Click on the below link to learn more about the I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge and receive a 50% Discount if you purchase by midnight on Sunday November 1st, 2020.
October 05, 2020
152 - Emotional Reasoning - October 1, 2020
Today we wrap up the series on Problematic Thinking Patterns with Emotional Reasoning. Click on the below link to learn more about the I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge and receive a 50% Discount if you purchase by midnight on Sunday November 1st, 2020.
October 01, 2020
151 - Mind Reading - September 28, 2020
On today's podcast we continue with addressing Problematic Thinking Patterns with the pattern called Mind Reading. Click on the below link to learn more about the I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge and receive a 50% Discount if you purchase by midnight on Sunday November 1st, 2020.
September 28, 2020
150 - Over Generalizing - September 24, 2020
On today's podcast we will look at the problematic thinking pattern of Over-Generalizing why it can be such as issue. Click on the below link to learn more about the I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge and receive a 50% Discount if you purchase by midnight on Sunday November 1st, 2020.
September 24, 2020
149 - Over Simplifying - September 21, 2020
On today's podcast we continue with looking at Problematic Thinking Patterns with the topic of Over Simplifying.
September 21, 2020
148 - Disregarding Important Aspects - Sep 3, 2020
Today's topic looks at Disregarding Important Aspects of a Situation as a part of the Problematic Thinking Patterns of Cognitive Processing Therapy.
September 03, 2020
147 - Exaggerating or Minimizing - August 31, 2020
Today's topic continues with the seven types of problematic thinking patterns: Exaggerating or minimizing a situation.
August 31, 2020
146 - Jumping to Conclusions - August 27, 2020
Today's I'm starting a 7 part series on Problematic Thinking Patterns that comes from Cognitive Process Therapy.  We will start with Jumping to Conclusions.
August 27, 2020
145 - Feeding the Anxiety Fire - August 24, 2020
On today's podcast I turn things around and explore 4 great ways to feed the anxiety fire in your life.  This is a mirror exercise, and if you see yourself in the mirror with any of these for areas, then you may want to do something about it.  If you hate anxiety, these 4 things you want to remove from your life.
August 24, 2020
144 - Inspirational Quotes - August 10, 2020
On today's podcast I want to talk about inspirational quotes that speak something positive to you that you can repeat and think about throughout the day.  These statements can really fill in the potholes that anxiety and negative thinking leave behind.
August 10, 2020
143 - Peaceful Easy Feeling - August 6, 2020
The Eagles recorded the song Peaceful Easy Feeling for their first album in 1972, and it is a favorite sing-along refrain that has lasted for nearly 50 years.  In today's podcast I want to look at the refrain from the context of recovery from anxiety disorders and glean some wisdom from this classic tune.
August 06, 2020
142 - Listing Your Anxious Thoughts - August 3, 2020
You make a shopping list to make sure you get what you need from the store.  Listing your anxiety thoughts and beliefs in a Stuck Point Log gives you the opportunity address your recovery from anxiety in a more strategic way.
August 03, 2020
141- Bending Beliefs - July 27, 2020
In today’s episode I want to talk to you about bending your beliefs, specifically the concepts of a simulation, accommodation, and over-accommodation.
July 27, 2020
140 - Understanding Your World View - July 23, 2020
On today's podcast we will examine the concept of World View and how answering a few questions can increase you insight and understanding about what and why you believe certain things.
July 23, 2020
139 - Differences Between Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies - July 20, 2020
In today's episode I share with you the primary differences between cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy.
July 20, 2020
138 - Choosing a Therapist - July 16, 2020
On today's podcast I share with you my thoughts on choosing the best therapist for you.
July 16, 2020
137 - Following Fear or Breaking Free - July 15, 2020
When your recovery from stalls or hits a plateau, it may be from following fear.  Today's podcast looks at the question "Are you following fear or breaking free from it?"
July 15, 2020
136 - Reaching Your Goals - July 2, 2020
We all have goals. Unfortunately there are far too many goals that we never reach. However if you have a very important goal may I suggest a four step approach that may help you reach it.
July 02, 2020
135 - Stages of Change - Jun 29, 2020
Have you ever wondered why change hasn't been working for you?  Sometimes we need a different perspective on how change works in order to make the progress we hope to achieve.  On today's podcast I talk about the Transtheoretical Model that includes the six stages of Precontemplation, contemplation, Preparation, Action, Maintenance, and Termination.
June 29, 2020
Episode 338 - It’s My Birthday! - June 22, 2020
Good morning and good coffee! Happy birthday to me! Yes it really is my birthday today, so I wanna share with you some thoughts about birthdays and what I’m going to do this year to make it the best year it could be.
June 22, 2020
134 - Write It, Speak It, Believe It, Live It - June 18, 2020
On today’s episode I want to share with you a four step process for installing positive beliefs into your way of thinking and into your daily life. I’ve been using this process for years with great success, and if you put it into practice in your life I’m sure you will see success as well.
June 18, 2020
133 - Positive Affirmations - Jun 15, 2020
Those with anxiety disorders often have a lot of negative beliefs about themselves, other people and the world.  Positive Affirmations about yourself can be a great tool to help you in your recovery.  Today I want to share with you what positive affirmations are, where and how to find good ones for you, and how to get them installed into your daily life.
June 15, 2020
132 - Creating Calm in Your Life - Jun 11, 2020
Would you like to create more calm in your life?  Who wouldn't!  On today's podcast I share with you my 8-step method to strategically create more calm in your life.  So, grab some paper and a pencil, because you will want to take note on this episode.
June 11, 2020
131 - Why are Other's Calm and I'm Not? - Jun 08, 2020
Have you ever wondered why other people are calm and you are not?  These calm people are people you should study to find out what they see, what they hear, what they know, and why you should listen to them.
June 08, 2020
130 - Practicing Calm Thinking - May 26, 2020
A lot of times people talk about having racing negative thoughts with their anxiety. Rather than trying not to think about them, how about replacing them by practicing calm thinking.
May 26, 2020
129 - Amygdala and Hippocampus- May 21, 2020
There are two structures in the brain that are very important, but have two significant limitations that have a major impact on anxiety disorders. Want to learn more? Listen to today’s podcast on the amygdala and the hippocampus.
May 21, 2020
128 - Taking Past Out of Context - May 15, 2020
On today’s episode I cover the topic as to whether or not you might be taking your past out of context leading to anxiety issues today.
May 15, 2020
127 - Worse Case Scenarios - May 11, 2020
On today’s podcast I want to talk about worst case scenario’s and why I don’t believe in them. That’s not to say that bad things don’t happen, but if you’re telling yourself you’re in a worst-case scenario you are creating unnecessary anxiety. Wanna see how that works? Listen to today’s podcast!
May 11, 2020
126 - Evidence-Based vs Emotional Reasoning - May 4, 2020
On today’s podcast I talk about the difference between evidence-based reasoning and emotional reasoning. Which do you think leads to recovery and which do you think leads to ongoing anxiety? Find out the answer in today’s podcast.
May 04, 2020
125 - Probability vs Possibility - April 30, 2020
Today I want to talk about the topic of risk management in the difference between probability and possibility.
April 30, 2020
124 - Sources of Information - April 27, 2020
Many times we have thoughts in her head that are not accurate, that are not truthful. But where do we get this information from? And is this source of information trustworthy or untrustworthy? That’s the topic of today’s episode.
April 27, 2020
123 - Forests and Trees - April 23, 2020
Have you ever heard the phrase I can’t see the forest because of the trees? Did you know that can also apply to anxiety disorders? Find out how in today’s episode.
April 24, 2020
122 - Taken out of Context - April 20, 2020
On today’s episode I share with you my thoughts regarding taking things out of context and how that can worsen anxiety disorders and make recovery harder.
April 21, 2020
121 - Extreme Words - Apr 16, 2020
What do these words have in common: Always, never, everything, totally, ruined, can't everyone, no one, and anymore?  They are all extreme words that can distort our beliefs and create stuck points.  On today's podcast I'll explain to you how this works.
April 16, 2020
120 - For or Against Exercise - Apr 13, 2020
There will likely be times when you are not sure if what you believe is actually true.  Today I will show you an exercise I often do in therapy sessions to help people determine if a beliefs is true or false.
April 13, 2020
119 - My Truth vs Your Truth - Apr 09, 2020
In today's society you will often here the phrase, "Well that's your truth, but this is my truth."  That phrase may sound good, where everyone can have their own truth, but it is not going to help you recover from anxiety.  Find out why on today's podcast.
April 09, 2020
118 - Weighing the Evidence - April 6, 2020
On today’s episode we are going to be looking at weighing the evidence to determine truth.
April 06, 2020
117 - Challenge Questions - March 30, 2020
On today’s episode I wanna introduce you to the challenge questions that are a part of cognitive processing therapy. This is another great way to challenge your beliefs to see if they are accurate or true.
March 30, 2020
116 - Socratic Method - March 26, 2020
In today’s podcast we’re going to examine the process of Socratic Method to challenge beliefs and determine whether they are true or false.
March 26, 2020
115 - Your Mind is Listening - March 23, 2020
It is very easy to get into the habit of having negative thoughts. They may be automatic and are statements that we either say or think. The reason it’s so important to correct this kind of thinking is because our mind is always listening to what we are saying. That’s the topic of today’s podcast.
March 22, 2020
114 - Situation, Belief, Emotion -March 19, 2020
In today’s podcast I want to explain to you the connections between situations, beliefs, and emotions specifically as they relate to the stuck point log discussed in our last episode, 113.
March 20, 2020
113 - Stuck Point Log - March 16, 2020
On today’s podcast I want to introduce you to the topic of a stuck point log. If you don’t know what a stuck point is, go back and listen to episode 112 where I explain what it is. We’re going to use this concept of a stuck point to create a list that you will use for your recovery from anxiety.
March 16, 2020
112 - Stuck Points - March 12, 2020
On today’s podcast I introduced the topic of stuck points, what they are, and what we need to do about them.
March 12, 2020
111 - Anxiety Chasers - March 9, 2020
What is an anxiety chaser? Basically when we have a strong emotional reaction we follow it with a sudden action to resolve or quiet the emotion. While and anxiety chaser may seem like the right thing to do, it has its negative consequences. Let’s talk about this in today’s episode of the I Hate Anxiety Podcast.
March 10, 2020
110 - Thoughts and Feelings - March 5, 2020
On today’s podcast I want to talk about the differences between thoughts and emotions, because when it comes to anxiety disorders we can often get them confused.
March 05, 2020
109 - “Health Food” for Your Mind - March 2, 2020
On today’s podcast I want to talk about the idea of “health food” for your mind. In today’s society we consume a lot of media, and just like food some of that media is healthy for moving us away from anxiety while other types of media can keep us stuck in anxiety and depression. The types of media that I covering today show includes music, television, movies, Internet, and gaming.
March 02, 2020
108 - See What You are Looking For - Feb 27, 2020
Can two people look at the same object or situation and see them in opposite ways? The answer is “yes“, so let’s take a look at this in today’s episode.
February 27, 2020
107 - Drawn to What You Focus On - Feb 24, 2020
In today’s podcast I want to share with you a story of a semi truck, a white line, and a valuable lesson that revealed a truth about what we focus on.
February 24, 2020
106 - Thinking Outside of Your Box - Feb 20, 2020
Have you ever been told that you need to think outside the box in order to solve a problem in your life? Well, thinking outside the box may be helpful, but what does it actually mean to think outside the box? How do I think outside of the box? How will it help me? Well today I will try to tackle that question by explaining how I think outside the box.
February 20, 2020
105 - Recording Anxiety Patterns - Feb 17, 2020
If you don’t accurately understand your triggers or emotions during times of anxiety than this episode is for you. Today I will teach you an effective method of observing and recording your anxiety patterns that can help you understand and overcome your anxiety either on your own or with the help of the therapist.
February 17, 2020
104 - Don’t Sabotage Your Recovery - Feb 13, 2020
While each of us want to recover from our anxiety, sometimes we can find ourselves actually sabotaging our own recovery. On today’s podcast, I will share with you several ways in which you might be getting in the way and sabotaging your recovery from anxiety.
February 13, 2020
103 - Challenge Your Thoughts - Feb 10, 2020
On today’s podcast I want to give you a challenge. I am going to challenge you to challenge your thoughts. Why? It’s simple, if you have false beliefs that are keeping you trapped in anxiety, then you need to challenge and reject those thoughts. Today I’ll show you how to do that.
February 10, 2020
102 - Believe You Can Beat Anxiety - Feb 6, 2020
I want to have a personal conversation with you today. Do you believe that you can beat anxiety? That simple question makes all the difference in whether or not you will overcome anxiety today’s podcast is a one on one encouragement session for you to hopefully help you believe that you personally can overcome anxiety in your life.
February 06, 2020
101 - Overcoming Roadblocks to Recovery - Feb 03, 2020
On today's podcast I share several roadblocks or excuses to starting our journey for overcoming anxiety.  Don't let a roadblock get in your way of you receiving the treatment you need.  Create a plan for overcoming the roadblocks so you can overcome the anxiety in your life!
February 03, 2020
100 - Echo Chambers - Jan 30, 2020
Today I want to talk about the concept of an echo chamber. Echoes are kind of neat in that they bounce back the words that we say. An echo chamber in this context is when the thoughts that we express our reflected back to us by the people we surround ourselves with. The question is are these echoes helpful or not when it comes to our anxiety.
January 30, 2020
099 - Challenging News-Related Anxiety - Jan 27, 2020
On today’s podcast I want to go back and revisit the topic from episode 97 regarding turning off the news when it creates anxiety. Today I’m gonna give you five questions to ask when you’re feeling anxious watching the news. These questions will give you the power to determine whether or not what you’re hearing is accurate, thus whether your anxiety that you’re feeling is accurate to the situation.
January 27, 2020
098 - Feeding into Other People's Anxiety - Jan 23, 2020
Do you find yourself feeding into other people's anxiety?  Does it seem like everyone is having drama, crisis, or tragedy in their lives and it is effecting you.  Let's talk about that today, and I'll give you a couple of suggestions that may help you reduce the anxiety that is finding its way into your life.
January 23, 2020
097 - Turn Off the News - Jan 20, 2020
Do you feel anxiety when you watch CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, etc? Are you being triggered and find yourself obsessively watching it more than an hour a day, maybe even 5 hours a day?  When a storm system moves across the country do you obsessively watch The Weather Channel?  If you answered "yes", then this podcast is for you.
January 20, 2020
096 - Too Much Change Too Quickly - Jan 16, 2020
What happens when we experience too much change too quickly?  Well, two things can happen.  The first is called stress, which everyone experiences.  However, the second can be an anxiety reaction for people who already struggle with anxiety.  Today I talk about the differences.
January 16, 2020
095 - Parenting and Anxiety: Inconsistency - Jan 13, 2020
Today I talk about how inconsistent parenting due to anxiety can negativing impact a child's behaviors and personality development.
January 13, 2020
094 - Parenting and Anxiety: Anger - Jan 9, 2020
Today I share with you my thoughts regarding parenting when anxiety is expressed as anger.
January 11, 2020
093 - Parenting and Anxiety: Over Control 093- Jan 06, 2020
Today I continue with the topic of Parent and Anxiety but focus on how an over-controlling parent can generate and plant the seeds of anxiety in their children.
January 06, 2020
092 - Parenting and Anxiety: Over Protection - Jan 02, 2020
When anxiety can be seen running in families it is typically a learned behavior.  Today I want to talk about how over protection can develop from parent styles.
January 02, 2020
091 - Happy New Year - Dec 31, 2019
Happy New Year to all of my listeners!  My hope for each of you is that 2020 will be a year of positive change to reduce the amount of anxiety in your lives.  In this episode I share my thoughts on five things to do in 2020: Believe, Learn, Awaken, Correct, Train.
December 31, 2019
090 - Low Blood Sugar and False Anxiety - Dec 30, 2019
Today I want to tell you a story about anxiety symptoms that turned out to be something entirely different.
December 30, 2019
089 - Caffeine and False Anxiety - Dec 26, 2019
Today I want to share a couple of examples where people were reporting anxiety that actually was related to excessive use of caffeine.
December 26, 2019
088 - How a History of Abuse Can Create Anxiety Issues Today - Dec 23, 2019
Today I explain how past abuse that is not occurring today can lead to the experience of anxiety today, and what you can do to start changing that.
December 23, 2019
087 - The Night I Hit A Deer! - Dec 19, 2019
On today's podcast I want to share with you a personal experience where the amygdala and hippocampus tag-teamed together following a traumatic experience where I hit a deer with my truck doing 70 mph on the Interstate.
December 19, 2019
086 - When Amygdala and Hippocampus Tag-Team Together - Dec 16, 2019
Today I explain how the amygdala and hippocampus work together to help us stay safe, but also how they play a significant role in anxiety and trauma-based disorders.
December 16, 2019
085 - What is the Hippocampus? - Dec 12, 2019
Today I want to share with you a little bit about the Hippocampus.  This structure plays an important role with memory and associations.  Learn more on today's I Hate Anxiety Podcast.
December 12, 2019
084 - What is the Amygdala - Dec 09, 2019
The Amygdala is a very important structure in the brain when it comes to threat detection.  The Amygdala is a fast learner, but when circumstances change or inaccurate information is learned it can lead to anxiety and anxiety disorders.  Today I share with you a brief overview of this important brain structure.
December 09, 2019
083 - Parasympathetic Nervous System - Dec 05, 2019
Today I cover part 2 of our series on parts of the autonomic nervous system that are involved with anxiety disorder.  The opposite of the Sympathetic Nervous System is the Parasympathetic Nervous System, also known as our "Rest and Digest" system.
December 05, 2019
082 - Sympathetic Nervous System - Dec 02, 2019
Today I am starting a two-part series on two aspects of the Autonomic Nervous System that play key roles in anxiety disorders.  In the first part I will teach you about the Sympathetic Nervous System.
December 02, 2019
081 - Can Anxiety Change Your Brain - Nov 25, 2019
Can anxiety change your brain?  The answer is "Yes", and on today's podcast I will share with you how and why.
November 25, 2019
080 - Comorbidity - Nov 21, 2019
Today I talk about Comorbidity and discuss most common mental disorders that occur with anxiety.
November 21, 2019
079 - Acute Stress Disorder - Nov 18, 2019
Today I quickly describe Acute Stress Disorder and how it is related to PTSD.
November 18, 2019
078 - What is PTSD? Part 6 - Nov 14, 2019
On today's podcast we will look at arousal and then wrapped up this series on PTSD>
November 14, 2019
077 - What is PTSD? Part 5 - Nov 11, 2019
On today's podcast I cover Negativity as it relates to the diagnosis of PTSD.
November 11, 2019
076 - What is PTSD? Part 4 - Nov 07, 2019
In today's podcast I talk about the symptoms of Avoidance related to PTSD.
November 07, 2019
075 - What is PTSD? Part 3 - Nov 4, 2019
In today's episode I talk about Intrusion symptoms of PTSD including thoughts, dreams, dissociation, psychological distress, and physiological reactions.
November 04, 2019
074 - What is PTSD? Part 2 - Oct 31, 2019
Today I share with you how a traumatic situation is defined according to the DSM-5.
October 31, 2019
073 - What is PTSD? Part 1 - Oct 28, 2019
Today I start a series on PTSD beginning with a bit of history on descriptions of PTSD over the ages and more specifically looking at the development of the current diagnosis over the past 75 years.
October 28, 2019
072 - Top Phobias and How to Overcome Them - Oct 24, 2019
On to today's episode I look at the top 10 phobias in the United States as well as a 3-step approach to overcoming a phobia.
October 24, 2019
071 - How Specific Phobias Can Start - Oct 21, 2019
How do specific phobias start?  I believe there are three primary ways people develop a phobia and I cover all three with a personal example from my family at the end of the podcast.
October 21, 2019
070 - Fun with Phobias - Oct 17, 2019
Let's have some fun with phobias.  This not to make fun of or to minimize a person's personal struggle with phobias, but their unusual names that are a challenge to pronounce can make learning about specific phobias a bit more fun.
October 17, 2019
069 - Who Made Anxiety the Boss Over You? - Oct 14, 2019
Who made anxiety the boss over you?  Good question!  Understanding the origins of anxiety in our life can help us see where we have been, how it started, maybe even why it start, but there is a much more important question that I share with you on today's podcast.
October 14, 2019
068 - Anxiety Companion or Recovery Coach - Oct 07, 2019
There are several anxiety disorders, like agoraphobia, where a person may use a companion to help them do certain activities that typically results in anxiety reactions or panic attacks.  Sometimes the companion is a family member or friend, and other times it may be a trained service dog or an emotional support animal.  However, is the companion actually helping you recover from anxiety or is the person/animal simply an anxiety companion?  Would you be better served in overcoming your anxiety if your companion actually served as a Recover Coach?  Listen to today's episode to hear my thoughts on the topic.
October 10, 2019
067 - Agoraphobia and the Need for a Companion - Oct 07, 2019
Do you have a need for a companion when going into situations that produce anxiety?  In today's episode I talk about Agoraphobia, the five fear situations associated with this disorder, and the need for a companion.  However, is the companion a help or a hindrance for recovery? 
October 07, 2019
066 - You're Not Going to Die - Oct 03, 2019
Have you ever told yourself during a panic attack that you're going to die?  This is actually a listed symptom of a Panic Attack as defined in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder - Fifth Edition).  If you ever tell yourself that you're dying while experiencing anxiety then you definitely need to listen to this podcast.
October 03, 2019
065 - Panic Attacks and Adrenaline - Sep 30, 2019
If you have not listened to podcasts 063 and 064, please go back and listen to them before listening to this podcast.  Today I go over the 13 symptoms of a panic attack and compare them with the effects of adrenaline on the body.
September 30, 2019
064 - Adrenaline's Role in Anxiety - Sep 26, 2019
Today I want to share with your adrenaline's role in anxiety and specifically it's primary and secondary effects on the human body.  If you have not listened to podcast 063, please stop and listen to it first!
September 26, 2019
063 BONUS: Understanding Prolonged Exposure - Sep 24, 2019
Today's bonus podcast is an interview from 9/24/2019 with Colette Smith LCSW on using Prolonged Exposure Therapy for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's a great interview with a great explanation of the processes! Thanks Colette!
September 24, 2019
063 - What is a Panic Attack - Sep 23, 2019
We often hear the term "panic attack" being use, but what exactly is a panic attack?  Today I explain the 13 symptoms of a panic attack along with what are panic sensations and high anxiety.
September 23, 2019
062 - Social Anxiety and Negative Beliefs - Sep 19, 2019
Social anxiety comes with negative beliefs, and today I want to talk with your about four of the negative beliefs that need to be identified and understood in order to eventually treat them.  The four negative beliefs I am covering today are negative beliefs about our self, others, expectations, and disapproval.
September 19, 2019
061 - Avoiding Triggers: The Double Edge Sword - Sep 16, 2019
Many people avoid triggers as a way of avoiding the distress of anxiety and panic attacks, but this is just one side of a double edge sword.  On today's podcast I share with you the problems of using avoidance for dealing with anxiety triggers.
September 16, 2019
060 - Deactivating Triggers - Sep 12, 2019
Today we look at deactivating trigger reactions and the cognitive and behavioral approaches to doing that.
September 12, 2019
059 - Trigger Reactions - Sep 09, 2019
In today's episode I talk about trigger reactions, what they are and how they develop in relationship to anxiety.
September 09, 2019
058 - Classical Conditioning and Triggers - Sep 05, 2019
Today I go back in my memory to teaching Intro to Psych classes for Lake Land College and the concept of Classical Conditioning, but I tie this concept to the development of anxiety triggers.  Here are a couple of links to YouTube videos: Pavlov and his Dogs and Little Albert.
September 05, 2019
056 - Do I Need a Diagnosis to Get Help? - September 2, 2019
Today I answer this question, "Do I need a diagnosis to get help?"  Take a listen to find out my answer.
September 02, 2019
056 - Going Diagnostic - August 29, 2019
Today I give a very brief overview of the difference key anxiety and trauma disorders.
August 29, 2019
055 - When is Anxiety Bad? - August 26, 2019
Last time I talked about when anxiety was good, so today I'll be talking about when anxiety is bad.  Four things I look for when assessing a personal for bad anxiety is if it is lasting too long, interfering with daily life, excessive in nature especially in comparison to others, and if it has turned into obsessions.
August 26, 2019
054 - When is Anxiety Good? - August 22, 2019
Can anxiety every be good, or is it always bad?  Good question.  The answer is that anxiety can be good, but if it meets the criteria of being short, focused, and effective.
August 22, 2019
053 - What is Normal - August 19, 2019
In my therapy office I am often asked the question “Am I normal“. Today I want to briefly tackle the question of what is normal and what is not.
August 19, 2019
052 -Are You Ready to Overcoming Anxiety - August 15, 2019
Are you ready to start overcoming anxiety? A lot of people think that they are better than frustrated that they can’t seem to accomplish their goals. Today I’m going to walk you through the four questions that will help you clearly answer the question “am I ready to start overcoming anxiety?”
August 15, 2019
051 - 3 Approaches to Reducing Anxiety
Today we explore three approaches to reducing anxiety: cognitive, behavioral, and soothing. But why not become proficient in all of them for better results!
August 12, 2019
050 - Avoidance Makes Anxiety Last - August 8, 2020
While avoiding a trigger may seem like the most natural thing to do to try to help your anxiety, it’s actually the thing that will keep your anxiety alive even for a lifetime. Today on the podcast I talk about how avoidance makes anxiety last.
August 08, 2019
049 - Why Medication Alone Doesn’t Work - August 5, 2019
I’ve had many people ask me why can’t you just give me a pill that will make this all better. Today I answer that question on the podcast.
August 05, 2019
048 - Drugs for Reducing Anxiety - August 1, 2019
Today I share my personal thoughts and concerns regarding the use of medications or illegal drugs for reducing the symptoms of anxiety. As a disclaimer I’m a mental health therapist, and I am not a physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or nurse. In this podcast I am not offering any medical advice. If you have medical or medication questions you need to see your prescriber.
August 01, 2019
047 - Secondary Benefits - July 29, 2019
Today I talk about secondary benefits in relationship to anxiety disorders, and how this can get in the way of a person’s full recovery.
July 29, 2019
046 - Adrenaline and Panic Attacks - July 25, 2019
This is Part 2 of a 2 part series on Adrenaline and Panic Attacks.  If you haven't listened to Part 1 already, please go back and listen to Part 1 on Episode 045.
July 25, 2019
045 - Adrenaline and It's Physical Effects - July 22, 2019
This is Part 1 of a 2 part series.  Today I talk about the physical effects of adrenaline.
July 22, 2019
044 - Helpful or Harmful Patterns - July 18, 2019
Today we look at patterns in our life and whether they are helpful or harmful.  I use four examples that include changing passive into pro-active, efeated into accomplished, victim into empowered, and pessimist into hopeful.
July 18, 2019
043 - Automatic Negative Thoughts - July 15, 2019
Do you find yourself thinking negatively in certain situations where other's don't think negatively?  Do the negative thoughts just pop into your head without having to really think about it?  If so you may have Automatic Negative Thoughts.  Today I talk about ANTS, how to identify them, and briefly outline how to change them.
July 15, 2019
042 - Beliefs vs Emotions - July 11, 2019
What happens if we treat beliefs as if they are emotions?  We can get trapped into believing lies.  Don't let yourself be trapped - Listen to today's episode.
July 11, 2019
041 - Thinking Symptoms of Anxiety - July 8, 2019
In today's episode I share several key thinking symptoms of anxiety including need for approval, anticipating a dark future, excessive focus on negativity, perfectionism, poor concentration, and racing negative thoughts.
July 08, 2019
040 - Reactions to Anxiety - July 4, 2019
Today I want to share with you the four key reactions to anxiety: thoughts, emotions, actions, and physical reactions.
July 04, 2019
039 - What Kind of Help Do I Need? - July 1, 2019
Today, I want to answer the question, "What Kind of Help Do I Need?" when wanting to treat anxiety.  Well, that depends upon your symptoms.  Some people mostly need education, while others need to address an overactive sympathetic nervous system and an under-active parasympathetic nervous system.  Some people have long-term problems with anxious thinking patterns that need to be corrected, and still others need to retrain the structure in their brain that determines if something is a life threatening danger or not.  A sequence for treatment that I would recommend is find a therapist that has a long history of successfully assessing and treating those with anxiety, complete a detailed and accurate assessment, develop with your therapist an effective and focused treatment plan that is tailored on your specific needs.
July 01, 2019
038 - Why Do I Have Physical Symptoms of Anxiety - June 27, 2019
Alright, you have the physical symptoms of anxiety, but why do you have them?  In today's podcast I'll explain that to you and remove the mystery of panic attacks.
June 27, 2019
037 - Physical Symptoms of Anxiety - June 24, 2019
Today I share with you the physical symptoms of anxiety as it relates to a Panic Attack as described in the DSM-5.
June 24, 2019
036 - Anxiety Impacts our Actions - June 20, 2019
Your anxiety impact your actions in several ways including decisions, thoughts, and experiential learning.  Larry tackles each of these areas in today's podcast.
June 20, 2019
035 - What's Wrong with My Memory? - Jun 17, 2019
What's wrong with my memory?  Well, if you have anxiety issues, then that could be the culprit.  Anxiety related decisions tend to clog up our higher mental functioning and limits our ability to transfer items from short term to long term memory.
June 17, 2019
034 - Why Can't I Concentrate? - Jun 13, 2019
Why can't I concentrate?  Is there something medically wrong with me?  Well, people with anxiety often struggle with concentration, and in today's podcast I'll tell you why.
June 13, 2019
033 - The Perfectionism Treadmill - Jun 10, 2019
Are you stuck on the perfectionism treadmill?  Would you like to get off?  Would you like to practice an alternative where you feel good about yourself?  Well, it today's podcast that is exactly what I'm going to address.
June 10, 2019
032 - Magnifying and Catastrophizing - Jun 6, 2019
Remember those old time movies with the old style special effects with models and strings holding them up in the air?  The photographers would use magnification to make small things look big.  Well, that is the same thing that we do with anxiety...we magnify and believe something is bigger or worse than it really is.  Also, we can do catastrophizing and imagine what is happening is a worse case scenario, when it actually isn't.  In today's podcast I address each of these issues.
June 06, 2019
031 - Are You Living in a Scary Future - Jun 2, 2019
People with anxiety often live in a scary future, not a scary past or present, but worrying about how bad, terrible and scary the future will be.  But I'm willing to bet your future doesn't turn out to be a scary as your imagination takes you.  The good news is that if you can imagine a scary future you can also imagine a great future!
June 03, 2019
030 - Understanding Agoraphobia - May 30, 2019
Today we wrap up our 3-part series on phobias by talking about Agoraphobia.
May 30, 2019
029 - Understanding Social Anxiety Disorder - May 27, 2019
Today I cover part 2 in my 3-part series on phobia by digging into the criteria and symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder.
May 27, 2019
028 - Understanding Specific Phobias - May 23, 2019
Today I'm starting a 3-part series on phobias and am covering Specific Phobias.   If you are curious about seeing an exhaustive list of names of different phobias you can visit the Phobia List website at  It is an old website apparently going back to the mid-1990s, but it is the biggest listing of names I have ever found.
May 23, 2019
027 - Anxiety & Seeking Approval - May 20, 2019
Today I talk about anxiety and how it relates to seeking approval from others.  Three ways that I talk about include self-doubt that leads to needing approval, self-doubt complicated by a fear of criticism, and lack of trust of anyone in authority.  The common factor with each of these is inaccurate beliefs or stuck points.
May 20, 2019
026 - Downtime and Anxiety - May 16, 2019
So you have the opportunity for some much needed downtime.  You're ready to relax and chill and get away from the stress of the day.  But wait, you can't because worry and anxiety is invading your downtime, is intruding on the time you just want to relax.  Is there anything you can do about it?  Do other people have the same problem?  I tackle this topic on today's podcast. If you have a question or topic your would like for me to address on this podcast, send me an email at
May 16, 2019
025 - Anxiety and Relationships - May 13, 2019
Anxiety can have a negative impact on a variety of relationships.  Here are a few ways I share on the podcast: Excessive Doubting Not being present Trust issues Explosive or irrational anger Catastrophizing Controlling Overthinking everything Avoiding people because of triggers Over Personalizing Limiting Yourself to old patterns that don't apply Expecting others to fix your anxiety Expecting others to accommodate your anxiety Oversharing about your anxiety or what bothers you
May 13, 2019
024 - Anxiety and Physical Health - May 9, 2019
Do people with anxiety have more health issues than other people?  Do people with anxiety make more trips to the hospital?  Are there certain anxiety disorders that tend to be associated with a person seeking more medical treatment?  Let's dig into these questions on today's podcast.
May 09, 2019
023 - Anxiety, Stress and Weight Gain - May 6, 2019
Today we look at three key reasons for weight gain related to anxiety: Cortisol, excess eating, and inactivity.  I also go into more detail regarding what Cortisol is, it's purpose, and what happens when we have chronic release of it into our body.
May 06, 2019
022 - What is the Cost of Your Anxiety on Your Children - May 2, 2019
Sometimes we will put up with too much anxiety because we say "It's only hurting me", but let me ask you, "What is the cost of your anxiety on your children?"  I'm not asking this to beat you up, but to help motivate you into the change you need to make a positive impact on your life and that of your kids! ---------------------------- To contact this podcast with questions or suggestions, email me at Visit our Facebook page at ----------------------------- The I Hate Anxiety Podcast is for educational purposes only. And, while I am a therapist, this podcast is not counseling or therapy. If you need counseling or therapy, seek out the services of a licensed professional in your area.  And if you are in crisis call the Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255, or dial 911, or go to your local emergency room. -----------------------------
May 02, 2019
021 - What are the Physical Costs of Anxiety - Apr 29, 2019
Today we look at the short term and long term physical effects of anxiety.   ---------------------------- To contact this podcast with questions or suggestions, email me at Visit our Facebook page at ----------------------------- The I Hate Anxiety Podcast is for educational purposes only. And, while I am a therapist, this podcast is not counseling or therapy. If you need counseling or therapy, seek out the services of a licensed professional in your area.  And if you are in crisis call the Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255, or dial 911, or go to your local emergency room. -----------------------------
April 29, 2019
020 - What is the cost of Anxiety - Apr 25, 2019
What is the cost of anxiety in your life?  What is your level of distress?  What are you unable to do?  Counting the cost may make us angry, but can you channel the anger into effective action that is helpful to overcoming anxiety?    ---------------------------- To contact this podcast with questions or suggestions, email me at Visit our Facebook page at ----------------------------- The I Hate Anxiety Podcast is for educational purposes only. And, while I am a therapist, this podcast is not counseling or therapy. If you need counseling or therapy, seek out the services of a licensed professional in your area.  And if you are in crisis call the Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255, or dial 911, or go to your local emergency room. -----------------------------
April 25, 2019
019 - Stress vs Anxiety - Apr 22, 2019
To contact this podcast with questions or suggestions, email me at Visit our Facebook page at ----------------------------- The I Hate Anxiety Podcast is for educational purposes only. And, while I am a therapist, this podcast is not counseling or therapy. If you need counseling or therapy, seek out the services of a licensed professional in your area.  And if you are in crisis call the Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255, or dial 911, or go to your local emergency room. ----------------------------- Today I cover the subject of Stress vs Anxiety.  Which do you have?
April 22, 2019
IHAP-018 - Does Everyone Have Anxiety? - Apr 20, 2019
To contact this podcast with questions or suggestions, email me at Visit our Facebook page at ----------------------------- The I Hate Anxiety Podcast is for educational purposes only. And, while I am a therapist, this podcast is not counseling or therapy. If you need counseling or therapy, seek out the services of a licensed professional in your area.  And if you are in crisis call the Crisis Call Center at 1-800-273-8255, or dial 911, or go to your local emergency room.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-017 - Momentum - Aug 15, 2017
In today's episode Larry Quicksall discusses the concept of momentum, both how it can strengthen anxiety and help a person recover from it.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-016 - White Knuckling It - Aug 6, 2017
Sometimes when we want to confront an anxiety trigger situations we will go in "white knuckling it".  We muster up the courage and endure the distress hoping this will make it go away.  Unfortunately, it often keeps things the same or makes them worse.  In today's podcast Larry Quicksall explains the reasoning and problems with white knuckling anxious situations and describes his approach to helping people who are at a place when want to challenge their triggers.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-015 - ANTS: Automatic Negative Thoughts - Jul 26, 2017
In today's episode, Larry Quicksall explains ANTS, Automatic Negative Thoughts, their impact on mood, and how to get rid of them.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-014 - Anxiety and Anger - Jul 13, 2017
There can be a connection btween anxiety and anger that is different from the other types of anger.  In today's episode 
April 20, 2019
IHAP-013 - Anxiety and Fireworks - Jul 2, 2017
In this episode, Larry Quicksall talks about anxiety and fireworks, reasons for having anxiety related to fireworks, steps to consider when trying to overcoming fireworks anxiety, and tips when watching fireworks. Happy Independence Day America!
April 20, 2019
IHAP-012 - Avoidance: Seeking Shelter from the Storm - Jun 25, 2017
In today's episode, Larry Quicksall examines avoidance as a form of shelter from the anxiety storms. However, avoidance doesn't work well.  Larry explains 5 key types of avoidance, problems with avoidance, and therapy and therapist considerations.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-011 - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Jun 20, 2017
In this episode of the podcast, Larry Quicksall talks about PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including what is a trauma, four categories of symptoms (intrusions, avoidance, negativity, arousal), and things to consider when seeking a therapist.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-010 - Phobias - Jun 13, 2017
In today's podcast, Larry Quicksall explains the concept of phobias and phobic reactions.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-009 - Emotional Reasoning - Jun 1, 2017
In this episode, Larry Quicksall explains the differences between Emotional Reasoning and Evidence Based Logic, and the roles they play in both anxiety developing and treatment.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-008 - Prefrontal Cortex and the Amygdala - May 21, 2017
In this episode of the podcast Larry Quicksall answers a question from Beth: "How come I can know something can't hurt me, but I feel all scared in my body. I tell myself it's OK, but my body always wins the argument."  Larry answers this question by explaining the relationship between two structures in the brain: the Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) and the Amygdala.  The PFC is where we use logic to rationally look at a situation to determine if it is dangerous or not.  The Amygdala uses experiential learning to remember what is dangerous and then launches the Sympathetic Nervous System (our fight or flight response) to give us the abilities to survive a life threatening situation.  Larry explains how these two structures can work in harmony and against each other.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-007 - Generalization vs Discrimination - May 14, 2017
In this episode of the podcast, Larry Quicksall describes the differences between generalization and discrimination and how they apply to both the development of and recovery from anxiety disorders.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-006 - Belief - May 7, 2017
In this episode of the podcast, Larry Quicksall shares what he sees as the most important thing he has learned in his first 25 years of working in the mental health field, and he explains just how important it is to you and the treatment of anxiety disorders.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-005 - What is Trauma? - Apr 30, 2017
In this episode, Larry Quicksall explains trauma, how it is defined in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), and the impact that trauma can have in our lives.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-004 - What are Panic Attacks? - Apr 23, 2017
In this episode of the podcast, Larry Quicksall talks about panic attacks including the 13 symptoms as listed in the DSM-5.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-003 - What is the DSM? - Apr 16, 2017
In this episode of the podcast Larry Quicksall talks about the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) including its history, use in making consistent diagnosis, and how it is used in treatment.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-002 - Stress vs Anxiety - Apr 9, 2017
In this episode of the podcast Larry Quicksall explains the differences between stress and anxiety.
April 20, 2019
IHAP-001 - Intro to Podcast - Apr 2, 2017
In this initial episode of the "I Hate Anxiety Podcast", Larry Quicksall (host) gives an overview of the podcast and how it came to be.  Larry also shares a bit about his clinical background in working with those experiencing anxiety.  
April 20, 2019