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The Anxious Truth - A Panic, Anxiety, and Mental Health Podcast

The Anxious Truth - A Panic, Anxiety, and Mental Health Podcast

By Drew Linsalata

Struggling with panic attacks, agoraphobia, or other anxiety problems? The Anxious Truth will educate you, empower you, encourage you, and inspire you to get your life back! Listen to the podcast, read the books, join the social media community, and get on the path to recovery.
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EP 244 - Examining "Conditional Okay-ness" in Anxiety Recovery: Okay Even If vs. Okay As Long As.
EP 244 - Examining "Conditional Okay-ness" in Anxiety Recovery: Okay Even If vs. Okay As Long As.
Do you see yourself as being OK "as long as" specific conditions are met?  Or are you learning that you can be OK "even if" those conditions are not met?  This can be a critical concept in recovery that can get us stuck in the dreaded, fragile acceptable bubble, or launched into a more complete and lasting recovery. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/244 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
15:18
February 01, 2023
EP 243 - Do I Have To Be A Positive Person To Get Better? (Positivity vs Competence)
EP 243 - Do I Have To Be A Positive Person To Get Better? (Positivity vs Competence)
Do you have to be a positive person to get better?  Do you have to choose positivity?  Eliminate the negative energy?  Vibrate correctly?  Manifest positive things?  Accept only positive vibes? Develop a positive mindset?  Are these things required in anxiety recovery? I think that developing a sense of competence and self-efficacy through action is WAY more impactful that trying to think or emote positivity.  Let's talk about that in this week's episode of the podcast. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/243 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
16:43
January 25, 2023
EP 242 - Serving Multiple Masters In Recovery w/Kimberley Quinlan & Joshua Fletcher
EP 242 - Serving Multiple Masters In Recovery w/Kimberley Quinlan & Joshua Fletcher
In recovery we are sometimes dealing with more than one issue beyond just your panic, agoraphobia, health anxiety, or OCD. Maybe there is another phobia or phobias involved.  Maybe you are dealing with tendencies toward perfectionism, people pleasing, or trying to control everything.  Humans are complex.  We have lots of facets!  What happens when these other issues conflict with our recovery work.  What happens when we try to serve multiple masters in recovery? Josh Fletcher (School of Anxiety) and Kimberley Quinlan (Your Anxiety Toolkit) joined me today to talk about this. It's worth a listen. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/242 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
42:48
January 18, 2023
EP 241 - Anxiety Recovery: Assurance vs Reassurance And Why It Matters
EP 241 - Anxiety Recovery: Assurance vs Reassurance And Why It Matters
When dealing with an anxiety disorder we often talk about why excessive reassurance seeking is counterproductive and can make things worse.  But why is this?  And is there any time where seeking assurance is OK?  Let's answer these two questions, and look at ways to start breaking the cycle of reassurance seeking, in this week's podcast episode.   For full show notes on this episode:  https://theanxioustruth.com/241 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
25:30
January 11, 2023
EP 240 - Does Anxiety Recovery Mean I Can Never Call A Doctor?
EP 240 - Does Anxiety Recovery Mean I Can Never Call A Doctor?
Anxious people focused on health issues often spend lots of time being checked, tested and examined by doctors.  In recovery, I'm often asked if calling a doctor if never allowed, or if calling a doctor is wrong or indicates a setback of some kind.  The short answer is, "No.  It's not wrong."  But there's more to it than that, so let's talk about it in this week's episode of the podcast. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/240 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
21:45
January 04, 2023
EP 239 - Same Anxiety Symptoms ... Different Reactions?
EP 239 - Same Anxiety Symptoms ... Different Reactions?
The Same Anxiety Symptons, But Different Reactions?   Two people can have the same anxiety symptoms but different reactions to those symptoms. There can be common thoughts, fear themes, and bodily reactions, yet wide variations on how those things are interpreted and in the reactions they trigger.  Let's talk about this, and what it can teach us about anxiety and recovery.   For full show notes on this episode:  https://theanxioustruth.com/239 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
21:28
December 28, 2022
EP 238 - Three Main Anxiety Fears Explained
EP 238 - Three Main Anxiety Fears Explained
For most people, the things they fear the most in relation to anxiety and panic fall into one of three common categories or themes.  Let's look at these three themes:   Death/ Physical Incapacitation  Loss of control / Insanity  Embarrassment / Shame   Understanding these common themes can save you from digging deeply into each individual fear you have.  It can help you see that you are NOT specially broken and without hope, and it can inform productive recovery actions and choices.   This episode of The Anxious Truth is sponsored by My Life In A Book.  My Life In A Book is a great way to preserve the stories and memories of our loved ones.  The service helps a cherished member of your family tell their story, ultimately compiling their memories and experiences in a beautiful hardbound book that can be passed down through the generations.  For more on My Life In A Book, visit mylifeinabook.com . Use discount code TAT22 for $10 off your order. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/238 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
28:14
December 21, 2022
EP 237 - Most Common Anxiety Symptoms (And Why They Kinda Don't Matter)
EP 237 - Most Common Anxiety Symptoms (And Why They Kinda Don't Matter)
Everyone wants to talk about the most common anxiety symptoms.  I get it.  Your symptoms feel important.  They're scary and you see them as dangerous.  In many many cases with it comes to anxiety disorders, the symptoms of anxiety become the source of the anxiety. Fear of fear is often based on fear of the most common anxiety symptoms - fear of your own body.  Let's talk about that this week. This episode of The Anxious Truth is sponsored by My Life In A Book.  My Life In A Book is a great way to preserve the stories and memories of our loved ones.  The service helps a cherished member of your family tell their story, ultimately compiling their memories and experiences in a beautiful hardbound book that can be passed down through the generations.  For more on My Life In A Book, visit mylifeinabook.com . Use discount code TAT22 for $10 off your order. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/237 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
26:02
December 14, 2022
EP 236 - I Can't Sleep And I'm Anxious About That! (w/Daniel Erichsen)
EP 236 - I Can't Sleep And I'm Anxious About That! (w/Daniel Erichsen)
This week sleep physician Daniel Erichsen stopped by to talk about insomnia and a cognitive behavioral approach to the problem. If you're struggling with your sleep ... and struggling because you're struggling ... this episode is for you.  Spoiler alert: The most helpful approach to sleep issues is going to sound very familiar to you.  ;-)   This episode of The Anxious Truth is sponsored by My Life In A Book.  My Life In A Book is a great way to preserve the stories and memories of our loved ones.  The service helps a cherished member of your family tell their story, ultimately compiling their memories and experiences in a beautiful hardbound book that can be passed down through the generations.  For more on My Life In A Book, visit mylifeinabook.com . Use discount code TAT22 for $10 off your order. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/236 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
36:41
December 07, 2022
EP 235 - Has Anxiety Become Your Identity? (w/Joshua Fletcher)
EP 235 - Has Anxiety Become Your Identity? (w/Joshua Fletcher)
When in the thick of the struggle, it can be easy to fall into the trap that makes anxiety a major part of your personal identity.  UK psychotherapist and anxiety specialist Josh Fletcher is back this week to talk about this common problem and ways to separate yourself from anxiety so that it doesn't dominate your identity. This episode of The Anxious Truth is sponsored by My Life In A Book.  My Life In A Book is a great way to preserve the stories and memories of our loved ones.  The service helps a cherished member of your family tell their story, ultimately compiling their memories and experiences in a beautiful hardbound book that can be passed down through the generations.  For more on My Life In A Book, visit mylifeinabook.com . Use discount code TAT22 for $10 off your order. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/235 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
44:01
November 30, 2022
EP 234 - Can Anxiety Be Cured Or Just Managed? What Is Recovery?
EP 234 - Can Anxiety Be Cured Or Just Managed? What Is Recovery?
Can anxiety be cured? I know that if you look for an answer to this question you will find a very wide range of answers.  This week on the podcast we'll look at why there's such a wide range of opinions on this and where the truth - if there is even a universal truth - lies. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/234 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
26:17
November 23, 2022
EP 233 - The Power Of Suggestion: Triggering An Anxious Mind
EP 233 - The Power Of Suggestion: Triggering An Anxious Mind
Real events that you witness or stories you see on social media or in the news show us the power of suggestion at work when it comes to triggering anxiety.  Today an old friend popped in to relay his experience with being "triggered" by the death of a celebrity and how he navigated through that as mostly recovered person.  It's a great chat.  I can't thank my friend Jay Floyd for stopping in to share with us. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/233 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
31:12
November 16, 2022
EP 232- Hypnosis and Anxiety Recovery w/Emma Garrick
EP 232- Hypnosis and Anxiety Recovery w/Emma Garrick
I am often asked if hypnosis and anxiety go together.  Does hypnosis or hypnotherapy "work" for anxiety?  Will it make your panic attacks or scary thoughts stop?  Will it calm you down?  I am far from an expert on hypnotherapy so I asked my friend and qualified psychotherapist Emma Garrick to join us to talk about the role of hypnotherapy in anxiety recovery.  This episode is jam packed with really useful information so grab a coffee and take a listen! For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/232 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
39:30
November 09, 2022
EP 231 - More on Sleep Anxiety and Insomnia
EP 231 - More on Sleep Anxiety and Insomnia
Sleep Anxiety and Insomnia: A Success Story Sleep anxiety and insomnia are big topics in the community surrounding this podcast.  My friend Ande Lyons struggled with sleep and tons of anxiety around sleep for many many years.  She was gracious enough to stop by the podcast this week to talk about how learning to let go of the ritualization and distorted beliefs about her sleep changed everything.  For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/231  ---  My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links  Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support  Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
27:40
November 02, 2022
EP 230 - Is The Anxious Truth An Anxiety Recovery Program?
EP 230 - Is The Anxious Truth An Anxiety Recovery Program?
Anxiety Recovery Program - Is The Anxious Truth One Of Those??? Is The Anxious Truth an anxiety recovery program?  Does this podcast, the books I write, and all the content I create describe a program or method for recovery? Can you follow things step by step to know exactly what to do when anxious or afraid and how to feel better?  This is something I am asked all the time, so is The Anxious Truth an anxiety recovery program? It is. And it isn't. How's that for a vague answer? For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/230 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
19:25
October 26, 2022
EP 229 - Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety, Exercise and Interoceptive Exposure w/Jenna Overbaugh
EP 229 - Physical Symptoms Of Anxiety, Exercise and Interoceptive Exposure w/Jenna Overbaugh
Physical symptoms of anxiety are usually at the top of everyone's "talk about" list. Today I'm joined by my friend and anxiety therapist Jenna Overbaugh to talk about how we can learn to fear the physical sensations of anxiety and how this relates to exercise.  We also chat about interoceptive exposure and how it can be useful in addressing your fear of the physical symptoms of anxiety.  Jenna is always a great guest and this episode is no exception, so listen in! For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/229 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
42:54
October 19, 2022
EP 228 - Positive Emotional States On Demand?
EP 228 - Positive Emotional States On Demand?
Demanding to create positive emotional states on demand is common misguided strategy that many fall into during recovery. While often we fear emotions because they turn into fear so quickly, we can also demand that we should be able to experience positive emotional states when we want to.  When we do this, we are generally trying to achieve a few basic goals: We are trying to escape the emotional state that we fear and hate by replacing it with a positive emotional state. We are attempting to eradicate negative states like sadness because we believe that we should always "choose happiness" or some such nonsense. We think that we are incapable of "handling" negative emotions or that they will automatically lead to some form of disaster or catastrophe. We are afraid that if we do not experience positive emotional states in given situations, that something is wrong with us. Let’s talk about this today on episode 228 of The Anxious Truth! For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/228 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
23:02
October 12, 2022
EP 227 - What Is Personal Responsibility In Anxiety Recovery?
EP 227 - What Is Personal Responsibility In Anxiety Recovery?
Even when we work with a therapist, listen to podcasts, watch videos, and read books, some parts of the recovery process remain completely our responsibility. There are recovery things that other people cannot do for us. We’re responsible for: Showing up and being an active participant in recovery Being consistent in the work we do Finding and displaying courage when we need to Remaining willing and open to the process and the experiences we have to have as part of the process Let’s talk about this today on episode 227 of The Anxious Truth! For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/227 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
19:55
October 05, 2022
EP 226 - How Does Exposure Work For Anxiety? Habituation vs Inhibitory Learning
EP 226 - How Does Exposure Work For Anxiety? Habituation vs Inhibitory Learning
How Does Exposure Work For Anxiety? Habituation vs Inhibitory Learning We know about exposure. Going toward the thing we fear rather than trying to avoid it, escape from it, or engineer life so that it is never “triggered”. We know that exposure is en effective tool when it comes to anxiety disorders. But how does it actually work?  Why does it sometimes only work halfway?  Why does it sometimes not last?  What is habituation?  What is inhibitory learning?  Let's get geeky with it this week! For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/226 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
29:16
September 28, 2022
EP 225 - Sleep Related Anxiety: Three Common Fears And Themes
EP 225 - Sleep Related Anxiety: Three Common Fears And Themes
Many people dealing with anxiety disorders experience problems sleeping from time to time. Many anxious people also wind up stuck in mental loops where they obsess about sleep and worry excessively about not sleeping and not sleeping "properly".  This can result in a few common themes that revolve around disastrous feared outcomes associated with sleep or sleep distrubances. "If I don't sleep enough, I can't heal and will never get better!" "If I don't sleep enough, I will seriously harm my body and get very sick or die!" "If I don't sleep enough, my anxiety will go through the roof!" Let's examine these three common sleep-related anxiety themes this week. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/225 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
29:48
September 21, 2022
EP 224 - Anxiety Success Stories: Katie's Journey
EP 224 - Anxiety Success Stories: Katie's Journey
Everyone loves a good success story.  Katie's story certainly qualifies! When I first met Katie she was crippled with fear, riddled with anxiety and panic, and generally spending her time on the floor with a fan blowing trying to calm down.  Now she's living her life and even traveling solo to Europe multiple times. What a difference 18-24 months can make! Go Katie! For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/224 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
39:46
September 14, 2022
EP 223 - Anxiety And Benzo Withdrawal : Pain vs Suffering
EP 223 - Anxiety And Benzo Withdrawal : Pain vs Suffering
This week I'm joined by therapist and author Jennifer Swantowski as she shares her ongoing experience with benzodiazepine withdrawal and anxiety.  Jennifer is the author of "The Waiting Room" a most excellent book that anyone dealing with this challenge will find useful and inspiring. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/223 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
36:20
September 07, 2022
EP 222 - Anxiety Mindset: Survival Or Defiance?
EP 222 - Anxiety Mindset: Survival Or Defiance?
This week on the podcast we're talking about the difference between a survival mindset and a defiant mindset when it comes to anxiety, panic, and fear. Like it or not, we all have an anxiety mindset.  We have a framework or a conceptualization of our anxiety situation. We formulate a platform that we stand on when it comes to anxiety.  This influences how we interact with anxiety, fear, and discomfort. Your mindset is formed over time based on your experiences, how you interpret them, and your beliefs about yourself and the world in general. Your anxiety mindset dictates to some extent how you approach anxiety when it makes an appearance.   For full show notes on this episode: theanxioustruth.com/222 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
31:46
August 31, 2022
EP 221 - I'm Afraid To Fly Because Of My Anxiety!
EP 221 - I'm Afraid To Fly Because Of My Anxiety!
Flying Anxiety It's a thing. This is not the same as fear of flying.  In this episode of The Anxious Truth we're talking about flying anxiety - being afraid to fly because of your anxiety issues.  This is a topic I've been asked to cover for quite some time, so let's get to it! For full show notes on this episode: theanxioustruth.com/221 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
27:21
August 24, 2022
EP 220 - Safe People: Are They OK? Can I Use Them During My Exposures?
EP 220 - Safe People: Are They OK? Can I Use Them During My Exposures?
I am asked all the time if it is OK to use safe people when doing exposures or facing anxiety challenges.  Let's do our best to answer that question. We'll define the term "safe person" then explore situations where use of a safe person is perfectly fine. Then we'll look at situations where we must leave our safe people behind to go it alone for full and lasting recovery. For full show notes on this episode: theanxioustruth.com/220 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
19:59
August 17, 2022
EP 219 - Can Chronic Anxiety Hurt My Body?
EP 219 - Can Chronic Anxiety Hurt My Body?
Many people in our community worry about the long term health effects of chronic anxiety.  For some this is concern that pops up from time to time. For others, this can become an obsession and  the primary driver of anxiety.  Regardless of which situation you are in, we can acknowledge that the question is a reasonable one.  This is a thing that we are justified in expressing concern about.  Today we need to take a look at why concern may be warranted but going into complete freak out mode is not. For full show notes on this episode: theanxioustruth.com/219 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
28:01
August 10, 2022
EP 218 - When Anxiety Podcasts Become Crutches In Your Recovery
EP 218 - When Anxiety Podcasts Become Crutches In Your Recovery
Sometimes podcasts like this one can become soothing rituals, safety devices, and crutches in your recovery. While it might seem crazy for a podcaster to warn you against listening to his podcast, it's not in your best recovery interests to rely on crutches for too long.  So stick with me, because there's a method to my madness and we examine this important concept in recovery. For full show notes on this episode: theanxioustruth.com/218 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
24:11
August 03, 2022
EP 217 - Anxiety And Recovery Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2
EP 217 - Anxiety And Recovery Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2
This week we have ten more of the most commonly asked questions about anxiety and recovery. Tune in as we tackle the following questions and issues: Is recovery possible even if I've suffered for many years? What if I don't have panic attacks and just feel anxious all day? How can I drive during a panic attack?  Its not safe What if I have a real medical condition? How do you accept anxiety or surrender to it? What exposures can I do to get ready for ....? Does this method work if I have trauma? I'm accepting!  Why am I still anxious?!?! I'm doing exposures and doing things but it's not working!  Why? How do I deal with a setback? If you have not listened to part 1 of the frequently asked questions series in episode 216, check that one out too! For full show notes on this episode: theanxioustruth.com/217 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
32:38
July 27, 2022
EP 216 - Anxiety And Recovery Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1
EP 216 - Anxiety And Recovery Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1
This week we're answering ten of the questions about anxiety and recovery that are most often asked in our community. Tune in as we tackle the following questions and issues: Am I fully recovered and do I experience anxiety or panic any more? Is full recovery possible? Can you recover without medication? This is all easier said than done, Drew! How can you be sure that this really is just anxiety? How can you be brave and face anxiety without running? Do you need to find the root cause of my panic attacks to get better? Why don’t I talk about nutrition or diet or supplements? Why do you need a recovery plan? Any tips for ….? Tune in next week for part two when we'll tackle ten more of the most common questions about anxiety and anxiety recovery. For full show notes on this episode: theanxioustruth.com/216 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
37:28
July 20, 2022
No Podcast This Week / Accessing Old Episodes And Using The Search Tool
No Podcast This Week / Accessing Old Episodes And Using The Search Tool
There's no podcast episode this week but I wanted to remind everyone that every episode I've ever recorded is on my website for your consumption.  Browse, listen, and read show notes for each old episode here: https://theanxioustruth.com/listen You can also search all the old episodes by using the search tool in the menu on my website, so check it out! We're back on July 20 with new episodes.  There's a ton of good stuff coming up, so I'll see you then.  Thank you as always for your support! --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
02:09
July 13, 2022
EP 215 - Anxiety and Fear Of Suicidal Thoughts
EP 215 - Anxiety and Fear Of Suicidal Thoughts
Being afraid that you MIGHT harm yourself or commit suicide even though you have no desire or intention of doing that is a very common fear in our community.  Today I was joined by OCD and anxiety specialist Kimberley Quinlan who stopped by the podcast to help me address this scary and sensitive topic that I know is important to many listeners. Please remember that a podcast is not therapy nor a substitute for therapy or a suitable crisis management tool.  If you ever find yourself in a truly dangerous situation, reach out for immediate in-person help. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/215 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
26:45
July 06, 2022
EP 214 - You Don't Have To Recover From Your Anxiety
EP 214 - You Don't Have To Recover From Your Anxiety
You don’t have to recover.  Nobody, including me, should force you or shame you into getting better.  In the end, you have full control over the choices you make and you are free to make whatever choices you want to make based on what you think is best for you.  Only you get to decide whether the things I say on this podcast are right for you, and that should always be respected. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/214 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
13:33
June 29, 2022
EP 213 - Accepting Responsibility For Your Anxiety Recovery ... But Not Blame Or Fault
EP 213 - Accepting Responsibility For Your Anxiety Recovery ... But Not Blame Or Fault
Accepting that you are responsible for your own recovery leads to empowerment and puts you in a position of strength.  But often responsibility is confused with blame or fault, which can lead us into bad places that we don’t need to visit.  Let’s talk about that in this week’s episode of The Anxious Truth. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/213 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
19:06
June 22, 2022
EP 212 - Spirituality In Anxiety Recovery (w/ Joshua Fletcher)
EP 212 - Spirituality In Anxiety Recovery (w/ Joshua Fletcher)
Spirituality. How does it factor into the recovery process?  What even is it?  How do we define it?  How does it relate to religion and faith?  How do those factor into recovery? All great questions that I have not paid enough attention to.  This week on The Anxious Truth UK psychotherapist and bestselling author Joshua Fletcher stops by for a great chat about spirituality, its many forms, and the roles it can play in anxiety recovery.  We need to spend more time on this topic from time to time, and we will! For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/212 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
36:13
June 15, 2022
EP 211 - More on Anxiety and Emetophobia (Fear of Vomiting)
EP 211 - More on Anxiety and Emetophobia (Fear of Vomiting)
Emetophobia - fear of vomiting - is a major driver of anxiety and even panic for many in the community.  Today on The Anxious Truth my old friend and collaborator Holly is back to share openly about her experience with emetophobia and what ultimately helped her get past what can be a crippling phobia. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/211 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
37:33
June 08, 2022
EP 210 - Top Five Anxiety Busting Tips and Tricks (w/ Lauren Rosen)
EP 210 - Top Five Anxiety Busting Tips and Tricks (w/ Lauren Rosen)
This week I am joined by a friend and frequent collaborator, Lauren Rosen.  Lauren in a licensed marriage and family therapist in California specializing in OCD treatment. In a bit of departure, we're doing a top five list! Lauren and I decided to share the top five anxiety busting recovery tips and concepts that helped us both along the path to recovery.  Is it click bait?  Is it helpful?  It's probably both, so check it out! For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/210 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
42:42
June 01, 2022
EP 209 - Getting Unstuck In Anxiety Recovery w/ Joe Ryan
EP 209 - Getting Unstuck In Anxiety Recovery w/ Joe Ryan
Are you feeling stuck? Are you struggling to make progress or overcome obstacles in your anxiety recovery journey?  This is a really common situation for most members of our community from time to time.  My friend and frequent collaborator Joe Ryan stopped by the podcast to talk about how he got himself un-stuck, one small step at a time. It's a great story full of lessons that you can apply in your own situation. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/209 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
38:33
May 25, 2022
EP 208 - The Emotional Rollercoaster of Anxiety Recovery and How To Get Off
EP 208 - The Emotional Rollercoaster of Anxiety Recovery and How To Get Off
“Recovery is not linear”.  How many times have you heard this? There are ups and downs from day to day or even hour to hour.  Some days it seems like we’re killing it.  Other days we feel frustrated, impatient and discouraged. This is difficult to navigate.  It confuses us.  It also triggers an emotional reaction in many cases.  This week on The Anxious Truth let’s take a look at how that emotional reaction can create a pattern that will have you swinging from one recovery extreme to the other and back end. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/208 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
12:01
May 18, 2022
EP 207 - You Can't Stop, Change, or Control Your Anxious Thoughts
EP 207 - You Can't Stop, Change, or Control Your Anxious Thoughts
“Change your thoughts, change your life!", right? NO! This is a thing we hear all the time in self-help and personal development but in all honesty, it's nonsense.  Let’s talk about the fact that you cannot stop, control, or change your thoughts no matter how much you want to or how hard you try. And really, that's fine because controlling thoughts is not what will set us free. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/207 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
17:08
May 11, 2022
EP 206 - Were You Anxious Before You Were Anxious?
EP 206 - Were You Anxious Before You Were Anxious?
"I just want my old self back!" When wrestling with an anxiety disorder, the current state of suffering can sometimes warp the accuracy of our memory.  We remember being "anxiety free" before things went south, but often this is not true. There's a chance that you did have anxiety before you had anxiety!  Most members of the community would look at this statement sideways, insisting that they were anxiety free before the wheels fell off.  But you likely did experience anxiety in the past.  You just experienced in a different way. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/206 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
19:15
May 04, 2022
EP 205 - Is There A "Secret Sauce" In Anxiety Recovery? (w/Joanna Hardis, LISW-S)
EP 205 - Is There A "Secret Sauce" In Anxiety Recovery? (w/Joanna Hardis, LISW-S)
This week I'm joined by working therapist and OCD specialist Joanna Hardis to ask the million dollar question ... "Is there a secret sauce in recovery?" The short answer is that there kinda is, and that secret sauce is overcoming your intolerance to distress! For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/205 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
31:00
April 27, 2022
EP 204 - When Does The Anxious "White Knuckling" End?
EP 204 - When Does The Anxious "White Knuckling" End?
This week on The Anxious Truth we're talking about the concept of “white knuckling” through exposures and through anxiety and fear in general. White knuckling is the term we use to describe the act of holding on tightly and fighting through an exposure or a challenging anxiety experience just to get through it and back to safety.  Imagine gripping something so hard that your knuckles turn white.  That’s what we’re talking about. I’m often asked when white knuckling ends, so let's talk about that. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/204 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
11:46
April 20, 2022
EP 203 - What Does Your Anxiety Support System Look Like?
EP 203 - What Does Your Anxiety Support System Look Like?
This week on The Anxious Truth we're talking about what your anxiety support system looks like.  We'll dismantle the common misconceptions about what support should be, and how those can be problematic in recovery. For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/203 --- My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
17:39
April 13, 2022
EP 202 - Panic Attacks And How To Handle Them w/ Dr. David Carbonell
EP 202 - Panic Attacks And How To Handle Them w/ Dr. David Carbonell
How does a highly respected psychologist approach panic attacks?  This week on The Anxious Truth we’re going to find out as we talk to Dr. Dave Carbonell about panic, panic attacks, and the second edition of his book, The Panic Attacks Workbook. --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/202 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
35:39
April 06, 2022
EP 201 - Depression And How I Deal With It
EP 201 - Depression And How I Deal With It
Depression is a hot topic in our community.  I get asked about my personal experience with depression all the time.  It had taken me a while to get around to this but on this week's episode of The Anxious Truth I will share my experience with depression.   Let's talk about how I handled it then, and how I handle it now. Disclaimer:  I am not an expert on depression or is this a substitute for therapy.  I can only share my own experience with this topic and what I've learned both from the community and from people far smarter than me.  As always, please consult your medical and mental health care providers with questions or concerns.  Of course, if you feel that you are a danger to yourself in any way, please reach out immediately for in-person help in your area. --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/201 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
20:45
March 30, 2022
EP 200 - What's Next For The Anxious Truth?
EP 200 - What's Next For The Anxious Truth?
This is the 200th episode of The Anxious Truth podcast. When I started this podcast in 2014 all by myself, talking to myself in my living room (it was called "That Anxiety Guy") back then, I would never have imagined where it would go.  The podcast was something I did just to pay things forward into the universe.  I had no plan, no desired outcome, and no real interest in doing any more than that. I just hit the button on my four dollar podcasting app, and said things that I hoped would be helpful for somebody.  It was the least I could do. Since then, and especially in the last three years or so, you have driven this thing to a place I never expected it to go.  You guys did this.  I am grateful not only for the opportunity to speak TO you, but to speak WITH you, because that has been the fuel that sustained The Anxious Truth and helped it become what it is now. --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/200 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
14:50
March 23, 2022
EP 199 - Anxiety Recovery: Crying and Expressing Emotion
EP 199 - Anxiety Recovery: Crying and Expressing Emotion
Many people get confused and worried when they cry while anxious or afraid.  Let's clear this up, because this is NOT a problem. Highlights From This Episode: Is Crying Wrong? Is Crying Avoidance?  Does Crying Mean I’m Not Accepting? I cry because I am upset. I am upset because I cry. --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/199 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
19:08
March 16, 2022
EP 198 - Jen Kirkman: Two Anxiety Paths, Same Destination
EP 198 - Jen Kirkman: Two Anxiety Paths, Same Destination
Jen Kirkman is a comedian, author, actor, TV writer, and podcaster that has lived through anxiety and panic for large portions of her life. I was fortunate enough to have Jen on the podcast this week to talk about her path into anxiety and panic, then out the other side.  I’m sure her story will sound familiar to most listeners. While talking with Jen (I was on her podcast last week), I realized that we had lived very different experiences emotionally and mentally, yet both wound up in the same place with regard to anxiety and panic issues.  Panic attacks.  Irrational fears.  Driving anxiety.  Life restrictions.  Jen and I lived a similar experience with anxiety even when our emotional and thinking styles could not be more different. I spent some time this week exploring this with Jen. --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/198 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
35:48
March 09, 2022
EP 197 - Anxiety Recovery: Comparing Success and Struggle
EP 197 - Anxiety Recovery: Comparing Success and Struggle
In today's episode of The Anxious Truth, we are going to talk about success and struggle within the anxiety recovery process and how, for many people, the two can look very similar at face value. As I have said many times, anxiety recovery is possible when we are able to sit in the discomfort of doing the hard things. Doing the things that scare us. Doing the things that purposefully put us in an anxious state so that we can learn to disassociate it from actual danger. Now, this might be what could be considered the 'struggle'. Yet, how is it that one person can be seen doing the things, facing challenges, embracing the struggle, facing their fears, and make progress while someone else can appear to be doing the exact same things and remain feeling stuck? Today, we discuss one possible reason for this. --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/197 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
20:53
March 02, 2022
EP 196 - Anxiety Recovery: It's The Process, Not The Outcome!
EP 196 - Anxiety Recovery: It's The Process, Not The Outcome!
In episode 196 of The Anxious Truth, we will explore the urge to focus on the outcome in anxiety recovery rather than giving our attention to the process. Everyone wants to feel better.  Clearly, this is the outcome we are all after.  That’s fine, but this outcome is a long-term thing. Feeling better, experiencing less panic and anxiety, and having a “normal” life is something that happens over time, and it only happens when we learn the lessons of recovery. Where do we find those lessons? The PROCESS of recovery teaches us those lessons.  It would seem obvious to state that the process leads to the outcome, but this is often overlooked by anxious people that want to skip the process and go right to “no more panic”. --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/196 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
20:16
February 23, 2022
EP 195 - The Paradox of Letting Go: Short Term vs Long Term Anxiety Relief
EP 195 - The Paradox of Letting Go: Short Term vs Long Term Anxiety Relief
Today we will tackle the paradox of letting go in the anxiety recovery process. The concept of letting go - giving up the struggle - is a key concept in anxiety recovery.  But in the context of recovery, letting go is not a thing designed to create instant calm or tranquility.  In fact, the initial act of letting go will do quite the opposite.  It will likely increase tension and discomfort. Over time we find a reduction in tension. As we progress, we do find increased contentment and calm. This is achieved through the repeated, long-term practice of letting go, even when letting go may increase discomfort at any given moment. --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/195 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
20:51
February 16, 2022
EP 194 - Making Up Anxiety Recovery As You Go Along Is A Bad Idea
EP 194 - Making Up Anxiety Recovery As You Go Along Is A Bad Idea
Making up your anxiety recovery as you go along is not a good plan. An anxious person will wait to see how they feel before deciding what to do, so avoidance and taking the more comfortable way can accidentally become the default. Anxious people are also not very good at making productive decisions about what to do while anxious. Building structure and having a plan to execute without assessing how one feels or having to think about it is a very useful tool in recovery. In today’s podcast episode we’re going to discuss three reasons why it’s important to make an anxiety recovery plan. --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/194 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
18:18
February 09, 2022
EP 193 - Paying Attention: Anxious Thinking Is Not The Only Thing Happening
EP 193 - Paying Attention: Anxious Thinking Is Not The Only Thing Happening
So much of the anxiety and fear struggle is based on what we feel, what we think, and what we think about what we feel. What if thinking and feeling were NOT the most important things in the universe all the time?  What if you could learn to pay attention to other things instead? How would that help you in your anxiety recovery journey?  --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/193 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
22:55
February 02, 2022
EP 192 - Exposure Therapy Is More Than Just Doing Things
EP 192 - Exposure Therapy Is More Than Just Doing Things
“I’m doing things, but it doesn’t seem to be working! Why?” If you feel like you’re doing all the exposures but nothing is changing, you may be doing “half exposures” without even knowing it. Let’s look at what full, effective exposures really require. Exposure is what we do when we intentionally place ourselves into situations that purposefully trigger anxiety, panic, fear and all the things that come with them. We do this in order to learn a new way to relate to anxiety and fear so that we no longer fear it. Successful and effective exposures require two primary ingredients: Willingness: You must work to get to the point where you are willing to intentionally do these scary and challenging things consistently to get better. This does not mean you’re happy about doing them consistently, just that you are fully willing. Acceptance: You must be fully accepting of the fact that doing scary and challenging things will - in fact - be scary and challenging. You must accept that this is the whole point. You must accept that you have to do your best to navigate through the scary and challenging stuff rather than trying to save yourself from it, stop it from happening, or otherwise “side by it sideways”. The most common issues that result in “I’m doing exposure but it’s not working” involve being only partially willing (inconsistency) and lacking acceptance (trying to find ways to do scary things without being scared). --- For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/192 My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Support The Anxious Truth: https://theanxioustruth.com/support Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com
18:16
January 26, 2022
EP 191 - Social Media, Mental Health, and Anxiety Recovery W/Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT
EP 191 - Social Media, Mental Health, and Anxiety Recovery W/Kimberley Quinlan, LMFT
This week I’m joined by my friend Kimberley Quinlan to talk about responsible use of social media as it relates to mental health and anxiety recovery.  Kimberley starts from the premise that social media is neutral, but that the way we use it defines it as healthy or unhealthy.  Let’s take it from there! Kim and I went over: Taking responsibility for your mental health and social media use Recognizing the limits and pitfalls of social media Kno