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Anxiety Success Stories - How Raven Got It All Together
How my friend Raven went from homebound agoraphobic, crippled with panic and intrusive thoughts and fears, to living her life, not being afraid of anxiety, and making plans for her future.  If there was every an uplifting story from a lovely human being, it would be this one.   If you think you can't, here's 30 minutes that will show you that you CAN! Thank you Raven, for taking the time to share with us! My Links ---------------
September 20, 2019
Dealing With Emotions And Anxiety At The Same Time
One of the most common issues that seems to pop up for people doing the work to overcome an anxiety disorder is emotions and how to deal with them while in the recovery.  What do I do when I feel sad, or angry, or generally upset? Is that wrong?  Is this a setback in my recovery?  Its it OK to cry or otherwise express my emotions when they come up?  My friend Joe Ryan and I talk about how its perfectly OK and normal to experience emotions, and how its healthy and productive to express them whenever and however you need to.  We answer common questions, address common concerns, and point out potential pitfalls when dealing with those emotional times. My Links Joe's Links
September 16, 2019
Anxiety Recovery - What Should You Do When You "Fail"?
Recorded from YouTube Live August 19, 2019  What do you do when you “fail” at an exposure, or when you have a particularly difficult anxiety day and wind up escaping back to your “safe zone”? I can tell you what you should NOT do. You should NOT just sit home and recount the story of how horrible it was and how you failed and how upset you are. That is sending the wrong story and signals to you brain. Think objectively. Realize what you did wrong. Think about what would have been a better course of action. GET UP DO. IT. AGAIN. IMMEDIATELY. Turning a “fail” into a “win” is easier than you think. Do not miss the opportunity to turn things around because you CAN and it will matter in the overall scheme of your recovery progress.   Join The Discussion Group ——————————————– My Links —————
August 19, 2019
Anxiety Recovery - Common Exposure Misconceptions And Mistakes
Today I'm joined by my friend Holly to talk about common misconceptions and mistakes surrounding exposure.  Many people are unaware of the true nature of exposure and how it actually works as part of the anxiety recovery process.  Lets clear up a few things. Join the Facebook group - get involved in the discussion --------------------- Subscribe to My Newsletter ------------- My Links ------------------
August 15, 2019
I Feel OK ... And I'm Not Sure What To Do Now (w/Joe Ryan)
You've been doing the work.  You've been working the process.  You're facing your fears and learning not to be afraid of how you feel. You're no longer crippled by panic, fear and anxiety. One day you find that that familiar fear and anxiety is missing.  Is this what it feels like to feel OK?  What am I supposed to do with this?  Where's the anxiety? Should I be happy now?  What if it comes back and puts me back to square one? These are questions I hear all the time from people that have reached the point where they're having anxiety free moments.  Today my friend Joe and I discuss this issue and how he's dealing with it.  We talk about not continually scanning and assessing your state, why you can't go back to square one if you've gone THROUGH the fear, and what feeling "OK" looks like in the real world. Thanks again to Joe for taking the time. My Links Find Joe Online
August 6, 2019
Issues of Competence, Confidence and Self-Esteem in Anxiety Recovery (w/Joe Ryan)
Often, issues of self-esteem, confidence and competence can get in the way when recovering from anxiety and panic issues.  If you've ever been made to feel like you're not good enough, not capable, or not competent, my old friend Joe Ryan shares how he has dealt with this on his own journey.  Thanks to Joe for spending more time with us today! Join the Facebook group - get involved in the discussion  Subscribe to My Newsletter  My Links Find Joe Online
August 5, 2019
How Trauma And Pain Do NOT Have To Ruin Your Day - w/Joe Ryan
Its possible to work through anxiety, panic, trauma and pain without having it ruin every day.  Today I'm joined by my old friend Joe Ryan.  Joe has spent years working this process and offers some great insight on how to deal with anxiety, panic and even past trauma without being crushed by every memory, thought or sensation.  Thanks to Joe for spending time with us today! Join the Facebook group - get involved in the discussion ------------------------------------------  Subscribe to My Newsletter  -------------  My Links  ---------- Find Joe Online --------------------
July 31, 2019
Sunday Night Anxiety Q&A - July 7, 2019
Q&A from my Facebook group including questions about dizziness, driving, doctor visits, airports, neck spasms, anticipatory anxiety and exposure mechanics. Thanks to Jay, Connie, Charli, Julie, Clay and Marie-Anne for calling in!  Join the Facebook group - get involved in the discussion ------------  Subscribe to My Newsletter  -------------  My Links  ----------
July 8, 2019
Dealing With Anticipatory Anxiety
Anticipatory anxiety isn't a special or different kind of anxiety. It's not a mysterious external force over which you have no control. Let's define it, break it down, and look at ways of moving through anticipatory anxiety so you can get to the work that really needs to be done. Join the Facebook group - get involved in the discussion Subscribe to My Newsletter My Links
July 5, 2019
You Do NOT Have To Follow Every Thought You Have!
Many people are under the false impression that they must honor, follow and engage deeply with every thought they have.  This is simply not true.  When dealing with both anxiety and trauma issues, your thoughts can often be your enemy.  Listening to everything you think and acting as if every thought is correct and valid can lead you deeper in the anxiety maze.  Monique has some excellent ways to frame this and some outstanding ways to approach this problem.  We discuss awareness of our constant thoughts, why we often give them more power and respect than they deserve, and how the nature of thoughts are to be temporary.  If you can stop the mental chatter, things will most times get much better faster than you think. Thank you again to my friend Monique for taking the time with us today! Join The Discussion Group -------------------------------------------- My Links --------------- Find Monique Online ------------------------------
June 25, 2019
Finding Your Power Even In The Darkest Moments - w/Monique Koven
If you're in the grips of anxiety, panic, agoraphobia or PTSD you may feel powerless and incapable of doing what needs to be done to change things.  This isn't true.  Monique and I talk about how you have power and control even in the darkest moments. You are not stuck.  You are capable of making the changes you need.  You might just need to change direction, and you can! Join The Discussion Group -------------------------------------------- My Links --------------- Find Monique Online ------------------------------
June 18, 2019
Anxiety Help - You Are NOT Responsible For The Happiness of Others (with Monique Koven)
Do you worry that your anxiety problems are going to “ruin everything” for your friends and family? Being worried about letting people down or ruining things can seriously stand in the way of taking the steps you need to take to build a better life. I’ve found this to be a common theme among anxiety sufferers, so lets talk about how the happiness of others is NOT your responsibility. You are not responsible for making people happy or sad, and you are not responsible for the positive or negative outcome of every social event, family function or other situation that involves other people in your life. In this episode Monique Koven and I discuss the origins of this distortion, how it can be an impediment to progress, and what we can do about it. Thanks to Monique for joining the discussion today!
June 5, 2019
Dealing With OCD and Obsessive Thoughts - w/Kimberly Quinlan (LMFT)
Today I had a chat with Kimberley Quinlan (LMFT) about OCD, obsessive/intrusive thoughts, and how to deal with them effectively. Lots of good information and resources in this one, along with a bunch of concepts you'll find very familiar if you've been following me for any length of time. Thanks to Kim for sharing her time with us! Find Kim on Instagram: @kimberleyquinlan or on her website Find the International OCD Foundation at Find me on Instagram @that_anxiety_guy Find me on Twitter @thatanxietyguy My website My YouTube channel Find Me on Facebook
April 5, 2019
How Should You Talk About Your Anxiety?
The way you talk about your anxiety matters.  More than you think. Are you always speaking passively and just describing how you feel? Are you worried about what people will think about your anxiety? Do you fear that you are boring them, alienating them, or pushing them away when you discuss your anxiety?   Are you ready to adopt a more constructive active voice that reflects ongoing recovery? This is a great question that came up in the Facebook group a few days ago, so I thought it was worth 15 minutes or so to talk about it. Join The Discussion Group ——————————————– My Links —————
April 4, 2019
Anxiety Success Stories - How Sarah Overcame Her Health Anxiety
If you’re suffering with health anxiety – no matter how severe – Sarah’s story will inspire you and give you hope. Join me as we look at Sarah’s journey into completely out of control health anxiety, then back out to a place of calm and peace when it comes to her health and her state of being. Thank you so much to Sarah for taking the time to share her story! Join The Discussion Group —————– My Links ————–
February 5, 2019
Anxiety Success Stories - How Andrew Is Taking His Life Back
My friend Andrew has gone from "contented agoraphobic" to well down the path to full recovery and was nice enough to take some time to share his story. We talk about how he got to where he is today, what the future holds, and we we answer some questions asked in our Facebook discussion group. Thank you Andrew! Join The Discussion Group —————– My Links ————–
January 31, 2019
Near Panic On-Air and More Viewer Questions - Anxiety 101 w/Billy from Anxiety United
"Drew, are you cured?  Do you ever have panic attacks?"  I get this question all the time.  The answer is ... I can still experience a panic attack now and then.  So come listen to me experience near panic on-air in this episode.  Then Billy and I answer more  questions from the Facebook forum. Join The Discussion Group —————– That Anxiety Guy ————– Anxiety United —————–
January 27, 2019
Anxiety 101 - Dealing With Stress - W/Billy from Anxiety United
Billy and I discuss the relationship between stress and anxiety and why stress doesn’t have to automatically become anxiety and fear. Afterward we answer a slew of great questions from the Facebook discussion group. This is a long one so grab your favorite beverage and make some time to listen.  :-) Join The Discussion Group ----------------------------------- My Links ————– Anxiety United —————–
January 26, 2019
Part 2 - Someone I Care About Has Anxiety Problems - How Can I Help?
If you have someone in your life that you care about that’s dealing with serious anxiety issues to the point where they can’t leave home, or be alone, or work, or attend school, etc … then this episode is aimed at you. Holly and I talk about the nature of anxiety disorders like panic disorder and agoraphobia, what they are and are not, and the general course of action required to overcome these problems.A good primer if you have a friend, partner or family member that suffers with one of these problems.  Be sure to check out part 1 too! My Links  —————————
January 16, 2019
Part 1 - Someone I Care About Has Anxiety Problems. How Can I Help?
If you have someone in your life that you care about that’s dealing with serious anxiety issues to the point where they can’t leave home, or be alone, or work, or attend school, etc … then this episode is aimed at you. Holly and I talk about the nature of anxiety disorders like panic disorder and agoraphobia, what they are and are not, and the general course of action required to overcome these problems. A good primer if you have a friend, partner or family member that suffers with one of these problems. Be sure to check out part 2 for specific discussion of what you can do to help! My Links —————————
January 15, 2019
Making An Anxiety Recovery Plan - w/Billy from Anxiety United
Overcoming anxiety problems means making a good recovery plan and executing it.  In this episode I'm joined by my friend Billy from Anxiety United. We discuss the basics of a good recovery plan including breaking things into small steps, the importance of repetition, and changing how you think and talk about your anxiety problems. We also answer questions from the Facebook group. Comments and questions always welcomed. My Links ————————— Anxiety United ———————
January 5, 2019
Anxiety, Sex and Relationship Issues - With Leslie Gustafson
A discussion of how anxiety disorders can impact sex, intimacy and relationships in general with licensed therapist and certified sex therapist Leslie Gustafson.  Leslie and I talk about the general approach to this problem, some of the nuances, and  – surprise – we talk about how action oriented behavioral therapies are so effective in addressing not only the sex problem, but the anxiety disorders themselves. Thanks to Leslie for taking the time to help out! Find me on YouTube here. Find me in Facebook here. Find my Facebook group here. Find Leslie online here:
January 4, 2019
Overcoming Anxiety - Taking A Leap Of Faith
At some point in this process, you MUST take a leap of faith.  All the talking and questioning and reading and learning must give way to actually leaping off that cliff - fully surrendering to and accepting your anxiety symptoms.  Its terrifying, we know, but in this episode Holly and I talk about how we MUST leap to finally learn that we will be OK.  Without the leap of faith, real progress will be hard to come by. Comments and questions welcomed as always!
December 18, 2018
PTSD, Trauma and Anxiety w/Monique Koven
Often there is overlap between anxiety disorders like panic disorder and agoraphobia, past trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Monique and I discuss her path to overcoming trauma and generalized anxiety disorder and how the path is remarkably similar when dealing with all of these issues. Comments and questions welcomed as always!
December 6, 2018
Anxiety and Dining Out / Social Situations
Billy and I discuss anxiety and panic related to dining out, restaurants, bars, pubs and social situations. We talk about how to approach it, steps that can be taken to overcome this problem, and how learning cognitive techniques for thought changing can be so helpful with this problem. Comments, questions and topic suggestions are always welcomed!
November 26, 2018
Overcoming The Fear of Panic While Driving - With Billy from Anxiety United
In this episode Billy and I discuss driving anxiety, the fear of having a panic attack while driving, and what to do about it. We talk about specific steps that can be taken to address this fear and overcome it through exposure and cognitive restructuring. Comments and questions welcomed as always!
November 24, 2018
Anxiety vs Anxiety Disorders - Clarification and Different Approaches
Lets to clarify the focus of my content on anxiety disorders as opposed to just being anxious about things. A quick chat about the difference and why my approach is what it is. I briefly discuss different classes of therapies and how they apply to each situation.
November 11, 2018
Anxiety and Why Positive Self-Talk is Bullsh*t
One of the tools I hear people talk about often is “positive self talk”. Let me tell you why this is not a good thing when you’re dealing with high anxiety and panic. As usual, there’s no sugar coating in this one. :-)
October 21, 2018
Anxiety Success Stories Ep 1 - How Jackie Got Her Mojo Back
Jackie suffered from panic attacks and anxiety for years until she had a “lightbulb moment” and turned the corner. Join me as I chat with Jackie about how she went from the depths of anxiety to a normal life. Thanks for sharing, Jackie!
August 20, 2018
The BIGGEST Panic/Anxiety Decision You MUST Make - What Nobody Wants To Hear
This is what nobody wants to hear when it comes to overcoming anxiety and panic related problems, because its the hard part. There’s a large scale commitment/decision you MUST make before you can start making real lasting forward progress. If you can’t make this choice at the macro level, you’ll struggle with consistently making good choices day-by-day as you handle your anxiety problems.
August 3, 2018
Dealing With Panic - The Critical Moment of Decision
When panic strikes, we have a critical moment of decision. What will you do? How will you handle it? What is your plan? The decision we make at that moment is impactful in so many ways both short and long term.  Accept how you feel and panic productively and its over quickly so you can get on with your day and your life in general.  React in fear and the outcome will be completely different.  Which way do you want to go with your panic?   This episode was inspired by experiencing some panic while out on a bike ride this morning.  Yes, I still experience panic now and then.  I just don't care when it happens.
July 31, 2018
How Can I Make My Family Understand My Anxiety?
This is a topic I get asked about all the time, so lets talk about what to do when your anxiety has a negative impact on your relationships. How can you approach family members and friends to get them on board with what you’re up against?
February 24, 2018
About Agoraphobia – HHFYN Chap 8
Holly and I discuss chapter 8 of the Claire Weekes book "Hope and Help For Your Nerves". Dr. Weekes explains agoraphobia and walks us through how to approach it for best result. Holly and I spend a while talking about how we overcame agoraphobia and what difference its made in our lives.
January 15, 2018
Cure of Recurring Nervous Attacks – Hope and Help For Your Nerves Chapter 7
Holly and I discuss chapter 7 of Hope and Help For Your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes. This chapter really focuses on understanding that you are afraid of how you feel, and that focusing on sensations and symptoms is counter productive. Rather, focus on how you react to those sensations and symptoms. Don't add what she calls "second fear" to that initial flash of "first fear".
November 26, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 20 – Social Media and the Internet
Social media and the Internet have had a major impact on those of us with anxiety disorders. In this episode Billy and I discuss different ways the Internet has influenced anxiety issues. We look at positive impacts, negative impacts, and pitfalls that should be avoided.
November 21, 2017
Hope and Help For Your Nerves – Ch 6 – Cure of The More Constant Symptoms
Holly and I return for the next chapter of our series discussing "Hope and Help For Your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes. In this episode we discuss chapter 6, which is probably the lynchpin around which Dr. Weekes built her work. Learning to TRULY accept your anxiety symptoms and to TRULY believe that they are not dangerous will allow you to relax into your symptoms rather than fighting against them. Learning to relax, float, and soften in the face of the onslaught is the path to long term improvement. When you no longer fear your anxiety symptoms, they will begin to fade and you will begin to get your life back.
November 12, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Ep 19 – First Exposure Challenge
Join our discussion group on Facebook at Lets take on our first 30 day exposure challenge. For the next 30 days, start by making a short list of activities you find challenging from an anxiety standpoint. Then, start working on those items. Feel free to talk about your progress or post pics/videos in the Facebook group. We're all there to encourage each other and cheer each other on! Billy and I talk about the nuts and bolts of breaking down your challenge tasks into very small bits and working on each bit one by one.
November 8, 2017
Where Will You Find Your Spark? – Anxiety 101 – Episode 18
"Get busy living, or get busy dying." At some point in the journey to overcome anxiety issues, concepts and techniques and tips and tricks fall by the wayside and it becomes a matter of desire and drive and courage and just wanting to improve your life. You can read and listen and learn and discuss, but at some point you have to find that spark deep in your gut and get moving. In this episode Billy and I talk about finding your spark and using it to launch you forward.
October 31, 2017
Yes, My Anxiety Was As Bad As Yours – Anxiety 101 – Ep 17
I've been asked many times over the years how bad my anxiety used to be. Yes, it was probably as bad as yours. In this episode of our Anxiety 101 series, I'll tell you all about it. Everything I've been through. The symptoms I've dealt with. The issues I've had to resolve. The good news is that if I can do it, you can do it! Questions? Comments? Lets hear them.
October 25, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 16 – What Triggers Your Anxiety?
What triggers your anxiety? Billy and I discuss anxiety triggers, how to identify your triggers, and what you can do about them. As usual, we answer listener questions near the end of the episode.
October 20, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Ep 15 – Exposure Therapy and the Need to Practice
Following up on our initial talk about the basics of exposure therapy, Billy and talk about how repetition and practice are so important. We discuss how practicing the small things and continually expanding your scope will make it easy to tackle larger tasks that are harder to practice (i.e. flying, or visiting the dentist). Finally, we take some comments and questions on previous episodes.
October 10, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Ep 14 – Feeling Ill, Health Anxiety and Cognitive Tools
Billy and I were both a bit under the weather for this episode, so we thought a discussion of health anxiety and how illness impacts your anxiety was in order. We discuss health anxiety in general, our reactions when feeling ill, and how dealing with health anxiety is more about cognitive work than physical exposure.
October 3, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 13 – Exposure Therapy Basics and Expectations
Today Billy and I talk about the basics of what exposure therapy is, how it fits into the overall scope of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and how its important to have proper expectations for what exposure can do for you. Near the end of the episode we take some time to answer questions and comments from past episodes.
September 28, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Ep 12 – Panic Isn’t Always A Bad Thing
A panic attack isn't always a bad thing. In fact, when you're doing exposure work and trying to learn how not to be afraid of panic and anxiety, having a panic attack is virtually a requirement at some point. Only be experiencing panic without bracing, fighting, avoiding or fleeing can we truly learn that while our fear is real, the danger is not. This is the key to success, so welcome your panic and embrace panic attacks as chances to practice not being afraid!
September 20, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 11 – Viewer Questions and Answers
Today Billy and I answer some of the most common questions we've received while doing the Anxiety 101 series. Did we answer your question? Tune in to find out!
September 13, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 10 – The Impact of Lifestyle
Lifestyle choices can influence your panic disorder positively or negatively. Eating a healthy diet can go a long way toward making you feel better overall. Avoid alcohol and mind-altering substances like recreational drugs. Anything that changes your mental state can be an anxiety trigger when you’re in a hyper-sensitive state (as many in the grips of panic disorder are). Get regular exercise and expose yourself to sunlight for at least 15 minutes every day if you can (use sunscreen when needed of course). Get plenty of sleep. Learn effective time and stress management techniques. Don’t ignore your emotional and spiritual needs. Living a healthy lifestyle make you feel better physically and mentally, and can really contribute to boosting your confidence and the feeling that you are in control of your life!
September 12, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 9 – Therapy and Professional Help
Today Billy and I talk about the different types of therapy and professional help available for anxiety disorders both from a US and a UK perspective. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is hands down the most effective current long-term treatment for panic disorder and related anxiety disorders. If you’re seeking professional help, look for a therapist that specifically specialized in CBT and anxiety disorders. Therapy focused on simply talking about your life might be helpful to a degree, but that is a very long term process and really does very little to address the immediate needs of a panic sufferer. Use CBT and related techniques to get past your panic attacks first.
August 30, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 08 – Finding the Root of the Problem
Finding the causes of your panic attacks is a good thing, but not by itself. Stress, negative thinking, reactions to past traumas and emotional issues are just some of many possible panic and anxiety triggers. We’re all different, our life circumstances are all different, and that means that there is no one “cause” for panic attacks. Learning to identify your triggers and deal with them is an important part of recovery, but only if you’re also facing the panic and learning not to be afraid of it. Again, there’s no way around that. Learn not to fear panic and in the long run it won’t matter what happens in your life – you’ll never spend your time worrying about having panic attacks again.
August 24, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 7 – Theres NO Comfortable Way
There is no comfortable way to recover from panic disorder. The very heart of recovery lies in learning not to be afraid of panic. The only way to do that is to fully experience panic without fleeing, avoiding, or adding more fear to the situation. You have to be afraid before you can not be afraid.
August 15, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 6 – Reacting to Symptoms
Learning to not fear how you feel is a huge part of truly overcoming your anxiety and panic issues. Its important to not react physically to the symptoms of anxiety and panic. Reacting in fear only leads to the belief that something you did somehow made you “safer”, when in reality there is no danger at hand. Lets talk about how to just let your anxiety symptoms be without engaging with them or focusing on them. We talk about using coping techniques and also taking an active approach to even welcoming your symptoms or daring them to take their best shot at you.
August 9, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Episode 05 – Avoiding Avoidance
Lets talk about avoidance and safety behaviors and how they're a bad thing when it comes to dealing with anxiety and panic issues. Avoidance and safety rituals reinforce the mistaken belief that you need to be "saved" from your anxiety. We contract this with the use of positive coping techniques that help teach you that you're in no real danger to begin with.
July 18, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Ep 04 – Coping Techniques
Billy and I discuss the role of coping techniques in dealing with anxiety and panic issues. We touch on breathing, muscle relaxation and meditation techniques designed to quiet the mind on demand. Coping techniques are designed to limit the duration and intensity of a panic attack, not to stop it dead it its tracks. Coping techniques must be learned and practiced all the time in order to build the skills required to use them properly. We also briefly touch on important difference between coping and safety/avoidance behaviors.
July 12, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Ep 03 – The Fear Cycle – W/Anxiety United
When it comes to anxiety, fear feeds the beast! We discuss the idea that symptoms and sensations are not anxiety. Rather, your reaction - the fear you create in your own head- fuels the cycle of anxiety.
June 27, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Ep 2 – No Real Danger w/Anxiety United
Today Billy and I discuss the fact that the fear we feel when dealing with panic and anxiety is real, but the danger is not. There's no real danger underneath that fear. Understanding that this is false danger is a key toward making forward progress in recovery. We discuss false danger during periods of high anxiety and "future perceived danger" that drives the lifestyle changes which can become the hallmark of an actual anxiety disorder like agoraphobia.
June 20, 2017
Anxiety 101 – Ep 01 – An Introduction w/Billy from Anxiety United
Lets look at the basics of recovering from anxiety, panic and agoraphobia related issues. First in a series. Billy (from Anxiety United) and I talk about the need to accept that the recovery process will include feeling afraid and uncomfortable, and about building a recovery plan based on acceptance, courage, persistence and patience.
June 16, 2017
Why Does Exercise Make My Anxiety Worse? - Part 2
Once you understand that exercise isn't really making things "worse", you can work on solving this common problem.  Lets review what's really going on, and look at how to re-introduce exercise into your life in a step-by-step way.  As with everything we walk about, this isn't necessarily easy, but its absolutely worth the effort! Join The Discussion Group ——————————————– My Links —————
May 20, 2017
TAG024: Cure For The Commonest Type of Nervous Illness – HHFYN Chap 5
Holly and I discuss chapter 5 of Hope and Help For Your Nerves. The cornerstone principles of Facing, Accepting, Floating and Letting Time Pass are covered in detail.
August 17, 2016
TAG023: The Commonest Simplest Forms Of Nervous Illness – HHFYN Chap 4
Holly and I go through chapter 4 of the Claire Weekes Hope and Help For Your Nerves book. This chapter is entitled "The Commonest Simplest Forms of Nervous Illness". We discuss common anxiety symptoms and triggers, the role of fear, why knowledge and understanding is so important, and why fighting is not really the best approach.
August 8, 2016
What Is Nervous Breakdown – Hope and Help For Your Nerves - Chap 3
In this episode Holly and I go through chapter 3 of the Claire Weekes Hope and Help For Your Nerves book. This chapter is entitled "What Is Nervous Breakdown". We discuss what defines anxiety disorders, two types of "breakdowns" and some basic strategies for dealing with the issue. Join The Discussion Group —————– That Anxiety Guy ————–
July 31, 2016
How Your Nervous System Works – Hope And Help For Your Nerves - Chap 2
In this episode, Holly and I review chapter 2 of Claire Weekes' Hope and Help For Your Nerves. We discuss the fight or flight response, its involuntary nature, and the idea that your panic and anxiety symptoms are normal, natural, not dangerous, and not to be feared. You cannot stop your body from doing what it's designed to do, but that you can change the way you interpret and react to your panic and anxiety symptoms. Join The Discussion Group —————– That Anxiety Guy ————–
July 6, 2016
The Power Within You - Hope And Help For Your Nerves - Chapter 1
Holly and I review chapter 1 of Hope and Help For Your Nerves by Dr Claire Weekes.  This book is what I consider to be the gold standard when it comes to self help for anxiety, panic, agoraphobia and other anxiety disorders.  If you don't have a copy, get one and follow along with us. Its very inexpensive and WELL worth it! Join The Discussion Group —————– That Anxiety Guy ————–
June 26, 2016
What Does Exercise Make My Anxiety Worse? - Part 1
For many dealing with anxiety and panic issues, exercise can be a real struggle because it may lead to INCREASED anxiety or even full-blown panic. Lets take a look at this problem, what causes it, and why its so worth taking the time to solve.
November 9, 2015
Anxiety and Depersonalization – TAG018
Depersonalization is one of the most disturbing and hard to grasp anxiety symptoms. If you're dealing with panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder or agoraphobia it really is just another anxiety symptom and we should deal with it like we deal with every other symptom. Let's look at what it is, why it happens, and how to engage in "active nothingness" to deal with it effectively.
July 16, 2015
Anxiety and Derealization – TAG017
The dissociative states - derealization and depersonalization - are possibly the most common yet misunderstood and under-discussed anxiety symptoms. For many, they’re the most difficult symptoms to fully accept and not fear.
May 16, 2015
Overcoming Anxiety: Don’t Be A Paper Tiger – TAG 016
Confidence is essential when overcoming anxiety disorders but false confidence doesn't really help. Learn to walk the walk if you're gonna talk the talk!
May 10, 2015
Overcoming Anxiety: Do The Opposite – TAG015
Overcoming anxiety disorders often means doing the opposite of what your instincts are telling you to do. This is a challenge, but you can do it if you try.
May 3, 2015
Overcoming Anxiety Disorders – The Long And Winding Road – TAG014
The path to overcoming anxiety disorders can be winding and unpredictable. Knowing what to expect and how to judge progress makes the process a bit easier.
April 26, 2015
Common Exposure Therapy Mistakes and Misconceptions – TAG013
While many dealing with panic and anxiety have had success with exposure therapy, some call it ineffective. Often this is due to simple mistakes and misconceptions.
April 19, 2015
Why Is EVERYTHING A Panic Trigger? – TAG012
For people dealing with panic disorder and agoraphobia, a common complaint is that virtually anything can be a panic trigger. There's a reason for that.
April 12, 2015
Overcoming Anxiety: The ACTIVE Process – TAG011
Recovery from anxiety, panic and agoraphobia is an ACTIVE process. Nothing will improve if you just wait passively, so lets go!
April 3, 2015
Anxiety Disorders and Relationships – TAG009
Understanding how our anxiety disorders impact our relationships and knowing what steps we can take to address that can help improve our situation.
March 22, 2015
Just The Facts Please – TAG008
Facing your fear without fighting or fleeing is a skill that requires practice. Before we get started, we have to get into an objective frame of mind. Learning to assess your physical and mental state objectively - sticking only to the facts without adding judgement, interpretation, inference or prediction - is vital to the success of your recovery efforts. Lets look at what this means.
March 15, 2015
Anxiety And Panic - Check Your Body Language
Your body language is a very strong indicator of how you're reacting to your anxiety symptoms.  Since our goal is to learn to be non-reactive and not fuel the fear cycle, its really helpful to be aware of your body language.  Knowing your rituals and tics and physical habits can help you see how you're adding fuel to the fire.  Once you become aware of your anxiety-related body language, you can start the work of extinguishing all these little things so your brain can learn that they've never been needed to keep you safe. I talk about the use of video as a tool here.  I suggest that everyone video themselves at least a few times during periods of high anxiety and panic, even if nobody ever sees the video but you.  The value as a self-teaching tool is enormous. Join The Discussion Group  -------------------------------------------- My Links  ---------------
March 15, 2015
Lets Make A Recovery Plan – TAG007
Lets make an anxiety, panic and agoraphobia recovery plan. We'll lay out five general strategy points, then we'll put a broad action plan in place.
March 8, 2015
How Panic Attacks Become Panic Disorder – TAG006
Panic disorder and panic attacks are related but different. How do panic attacks become panic disorder? Here's a hint: Its more cognitive than physical!
March 1, 2015
TAG005 – Tips on Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Therapy for anxiety disorders is a not a generic thing. There are different types of therapies and not all are equal when it comes to anxiety disorders. There's a difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Understand this before choosing a therapist. There are several common types of therapy. Each is different, and not all are effective therapies for anxiety disorders. Behavioral therapy is shown by a large body of research to be the most effective therapy for anxiety disorders. When looking for a therapist, there are some key things to look for and important questions to ask. Get to know a potential therapist before hiring him or her.
February 23, 2015
TAG004 – The Power of Memory
Memory has the power to trigger anxiety symptoms and sensations. Understanding this powerful process can go a long way toward helping you make forward progress even when you think you’re going backward.  Lets talk about how to recognize when your memory is triggering anxiety issues and what to do when that happens.   Intro/Ending Music Credit: Title Autumn Day (Kevin MacLeod – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0  Photo Credit: Dr John2005 via Compfight cc
February 20, 2015
TAG003 – Courage
Overcoming anxiety, panic and agoraphobia starts with the courage to face your fears. In this episode we talk about courage, why its so important, and how you can find it inside you.  You were born with all the courage you need to overcome your anxiety issues.  Lets talk about it! Intro/Ending Music Credit: Title Autumn Day (Kevin MacLeod – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 
March 3, 2014
TAG002 – Its Really NOT Okay
Overcoming anxiety, panic and agoraphobia requires the motivation to be active in your recovery. In this episode we’ll look at how the motivation to begin your recovery derives from personal responsibility and accepting that giving in to your fears is really not okay. A bit of a controversial view on things, but worth checking out, so give it a listen. Photo Credit: via Compfight cc Intro/Ending Music Credit: Title Autumn Day (Kevin MacLeod – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 
February 28, 2014
TAG001 – Anxiety Is Physical. Anxiety Disorders Are Cognitive.
In this episode we’ll look at the difference between the physical nature of anxiety and the mental/cognitive nature of anxiety disorders. Understanding this concept and incorporating it into your approach to anxiety is an important step toward improvement. Suggestions are given on how to change your focus and how to start identifying the reactions to anxiety that are the true problem. Photo Credit: reinekaos via Compfight cc Intro/Ending Music Credit: Title Autumn Day (Kevin MacLeod – Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 
February 27, 2014
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