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The Anxious Truth - REAL Help For Panic, Anxiety and Agoraphobia

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The Anxious Truth - REAL Help For Panic, Anxiety and Agoraphobia

The Anxious Truth - REAL Help For Panic, Anxiety and Agoraphobia

The Anxious Truth

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Everything you thought you knew about dealing with panic, anxiety and agoraphobia is probably wrong! The Anxious Truth will educate, empower and inspire you to get your life back! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

Latest Episodes

EP 123 - Holly's Benzodiazepine Anxiety Experience

Holly is back in this episode, sharing her long experience using benzos as part of her anxiety management strategy. Holly shares how she started on benzos, what her doctor told her, and how she actually did use them. We talk about "as needed" use, daily use, dependency (addiction), effectiveness, and how the use of benzos interferes with learning recovery lessons. Holly shares her recovery story and how we gradually stopped taking benzos altogether after many years of use. This is a topic that I know many want me to cover in greater detail. It seemed that this was a good first step in that direction. Please note that neither Holly nor I are medical professionals. NEVER make changes to your medication without consulting your doctor(s) and NEVER just stop taking benzodiazepines on your own. For full show notes please visit https://theanxioustruth.com/123 My social media and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links My books: https://theanxioustruth.com/books --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

49 min1 w ago
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EP 123 - Holly's Benzodiazepine Anxiety Experience

EP 122- Thoughts, Memories, Sleep, Depression, Parenting and My Story - Listener Q&A Part 2

In this episode I answer listener questions about: Returning to "normal". Handling thoughts, memories and emotions. Parenting issues in recovery. Sleep anxiety. My own progress in recovery and my issues with coming off medications. For full show notes on this episode, go to https://theanxioustruth.com/122 My social media and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

41 min2 w ago
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EP 122- Thoughts, Memories, Sleep, Depression, Parenting and My Story - Listener Q&A Part 2

EP 121 - Listener Q&A Part 1

This week and next I will take time to answer questions submitted by by Instagram friends. I had over 130 questions sent in for this episode so lets break it into two episodes. This is part one. Part two will be next week in episode 122. Questions covered in this episode are: "I just started therapy, how do I make the most out of it to get the most out of it?" "What's the best way to deal with the urge to talk about feelings often and seek reassurance?" "I always think you need to go to A&E (the ER in the US) when you have a panic attack because you can't breathe. Any tips?" "Any advice on how to deal with pain due to a medical condition triggering anxiety?" "How do I tell the difference between anxiety and an actual medical issue?" "Benzo/antidepressant withdrawal issues." "What part do other approaches like teas, oils, crystals and inner child work play in the recovery process?" "How do I prevent or deal with setback or relapse?" "Is recovery harder when OCD is involved?" For full show notes on this episode visit https://theanxioustruth.com/121 My links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

31 min3 w ago
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EP 121 - Listener Q&A Part 1

EP 120 - An OCD Story With Shelley Hohe

Shelley Hohe has struggled with OCD for many years. Her contamination obsession and the accompanying compulsions drove her into a very dark place. Her faith was questioned and shaken, her life was getting smaller, her relationships were suffering, and she simply wasn't sure where to turn for answers or help. A chance encounter with an old friend changed everything, setting Shelley on a path of renewed faith where recovery from OCD is not only a goal, but a real work in progress. Shelley was generous enough to share her story with us in the hope that she may shine a light that others struggling with OCD can follow. Shelley has made it her mission to educate, inspire, and advocate on behalf of the OCD community, and has even taken on the role of OCD Advocate for the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Find Shelley on Instagram at https://instagram.com/theocdcafe Find the IOCDF at https://iocdf.org My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

45 minAUG 19
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EP 120 - An OCD Story With Shelley Hohe

EP 119 - Generalized Anxiety Disorder With Dr. Dave Carbonell

One of the most common topics I am asked to address is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is generally categorized with other anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD and social anxiety. Today I was lucky enough to spend 30 minutes with Dr. David Carbonell. A clinical psychologist specializing in treating anxiety disorders, Dr. Carbonell is the author of "The Worry Trick" and three other books on anxiety and phobias. We had a most excellent talk about GAD, what it is, and how it's treated. For full show notes on this episode, visit https://theanxioustruth.com/119 Find Dr. Carbonell and his books at https://anxietycoach.com My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

34 minAUG 12
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EP 119 - Generalized Anxiety Disorder With Dr. Dave Carbonell

EP 118 - Expecting The Struggle And Making Your Bad Day Playbook

The recovery process will - unfortunately - include days where you still struggle. This is to be expected. In this episode I read lesson 5.5 from my book which discusses the struggles you will encounter. I then discuss the basics of creating a "playbook" that you can turn to on the bad days when you need an easy to follow script rather than thinking on your feet. For full show notes on this episode including the full text of the book chapter I read, visit https://theanxioustruth.com/118 CREATING YOUR "BAD DAY PLAYBOOK" Bad days and period of struggle often include the onset of confusion and forgetting. I see people declare that they can not remember what they are supposed to do when they find themselves faced with period of struggle in recovery. This is clearly a normal situation experienced by many. When discouraged, feeling defeated, and feeling confused and lost, having a playbook or a script that you can reference is VERY helpful. Remember that your bad day playbook is not there to make you instantly feel better. It will not create instant sunshine and rainbows. It might, but that's now what it's there for. It exists only to keep up connected to your humanity, and to the process. It is designed to prop you up and get you back to the basics that will show you that struggle or not, you are still in control and capable of making change in your life. My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Intro/Outro Music: "Afterglow" by Ben Drake --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

34 minAUG 5
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EP 118 - Expecting The Struggle And Making Your Bad Day Playbook

EP 117 - Fear Is Not A Failure - With Dr. Bridget Cooper

Recovery from an anxiety disorder gets even harder when you judge the presence of fear as an immediate failure. Dr. B - Bridget Cooper - joined me today to talk about fear, and the misconception that the presence of fear indicates failure of some kind. For full show notes on this episode go to https://theanxioustruth.com/117 The Highlights: 1. Being afraid is NOT failure. There are a few reasons you may be thinking this, most based on old self-limiting beliefs and what Dr. B calls "old contracts". Being afraid during recovery does not mean you are failing or "doing it wrong". 2. The Fear - Trust - Control model. Dr. B uses her model of fear to explain how high levels of fear and corresponding low levels of trust trigger exaggerated attempts at control. We discuss how trying to control things is expressed as our old safety, escape and avoidance behaviors. 3. Are you clinging to old self-beliefs because they are comfortable? We discuss why some people are reluctant to even try to face...

40 minJUL 29
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EP 117 - Fear Is Not A Failure - With Dr. Bridget Cooper

EP 116 - Ignoring Anxiety vs. Non-Reactive Acknowledgement

One of the concepts that confuses people more than any other is understanding the difference between accepting and surrendering to anxiety, learning to be nonreactive to anxiety, or ignoring anxiety. Let's talk about that today. There is a difference between ignoring anxiety and learning to become truly non-reactive to anxiety. This is subtle. It's reasonable for people to be confused especially in the early stages of the game. This is a thing that requires a fair amount of thought. It requires a bit of a change in mindset and approach. And it certainly does require practice! For full show notes on this episode go to https://theanxioustruth.com/116 Highlights of this episode: Ignoring Anxiety Is PASSIVE Ignoring Anxiety Is Like Useless "Positive Self Talk" Non-Reactive Acknowledgement - An ACTIVE, Intentional, Purposeful Process Learning The Skill of Non-Reactive Acknowledgement With Practice Acceptance. Surrender. Floating. My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support th...

28 minJUL 22
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EP 116 - Ignoring Anxiety vs. Non-Reactive Acknowledgement

EP 115 - Breaking Free From The Past w/Dr Bridget Cooper

Dr. Bridget Cooper is a cage rattler. Her penchant for confronting old beliefs and challenging thought patterns is helping people to break from from old negative beliefs and ideas. Dr. B is passionate about showing you that a new way and a new life is possible. Old Contracts Many people want so desperately to recover from anxiety issues, but find themselves trapped by old beliefs and ideas that tell them that they are not capable of recovery. The belief that one is less than, not strong enough, not smart enough, or simply not worthy of recovery can be crippling to the process of recovery. Dr. Bridget frames these old negative beliefs as "old contracts" that you were forced to sign well before you had the knowledge, maturity, or ability to understand them or even sign them. You've been given contracts against your will, and you've been acting in accordance with those contracts. Here is news. You are entitled to tear up those old contracts. You didn't choose them. You didn't understan...

39 minJUL 15
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EP 115 - Breaking Free From The Past w/Dr Bridget Cooper

EP 114 - The Paradox Of Seeking Certainty And Safety

Here is a paradox. So much of this anxiety complex revolves around a desperate attempt to find 100 percent iron clad certainty. The search for certainty in the face of irrationally perceived threats destroys your ability to handle uncertainty in the face of real challenges and threats. The search for safety undermines the very thing you seek ... For Full show notes on this episode, visit https://theanxioustruth.com/114 My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

37 minJUL 9
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EP 114 - The Paradox Of Seeking Certainty And Safety

Latest Episodes

EP 123 - Holly's Benzodiazepine Anxiety Experience

Holly is back in this episode, sharing her long experience using benzos as part of her anxiety management strategy. Holly shares how she started on benzos, what her doctor told her, and how she actually did use them. We talk about "as needed" use, daily use, dependency (addiction), effectiveness, and how the use of benzos interferes with learning recovery lessons. Holly shares her recovery story and how we gradually stopped taking benzos altogether after many years of use. This is a topic that I know many want me to cover in greater detail. It seemed that this was a good first step in that direction. Please note that neither Holly nor I are medical professionals. NEVER make changes to your medication without consulting your doctor(s) and NEVER just stop taking benzodiazepines on your own. For full show notes please visit https://theanxioustruth.com/123 My social media and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links My books: https://theanxioustruth.com/books --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

49 min1 w ago
Comments
EP 123 - Holly's Benzodiazepine Anxiety Experience

EP 122- Thoughts, Memories, Sleep, Depression, Parenting and My Story - Listener Q&A Part 2

In this episode I answer listener questions about: Returning to "normal". Handling thoughts, memories and emotions. Parenting issues in recovery. Sleep anxiety. My own progress in recovery and my issues with coming off medications. For full show notes on this episode, go to https://theanxioustruth.com/122 My social media and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

41 min2 w ago
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EP 122- Thoughts, Memories, Sleep, Depression, Parenting and My Story - Listener Q&A Part 2

EP 121 - Listener Q&A Part 1

This week and next I will take time to answer questions submitted by by Instagram friends. I had over 130 questions sent in for this episode so lets break it into two episodes. This is part one. Part two will be next week in episode 122. Questions covered in this episode are: "I just started therapy, how do I make the most out of it to get the most out of it?" "What's the best way to deal with the urge to talk about feelings often and seek reassurance?" "I always think you need to go to A&E (the ER in the US) when you have a panic attack because you can't breathe. Any tips?" "Any advice on how to deal with pain due to a medical condition triggering anxiety?" "How do I tell the difference between anxiety and an actual medical issue?" "Benzo/antidepressant withdrawal issues." "What part do other approaches like teas, oils, crystals and inner child work play in the recovery process?" "How do I prevent or deal with setback or relapse?" "Is recovery harder when OCD is involved?" For full show notes on this episode visit https://theanxioustruth.com/121 My links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

31 min3 w ago
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EP 121 - Listener Q&A Part 1

EP 120 - An OCD Story With Shelley Hohe

Shelley Hohe has struggled with OCD for many years. Her contamination obsession and the accompanying compulsions drove her into a very dark place. Her faith was questioned and shaken, her life was getting smaller, her relationships were suffering, and she simply wasn't sure where to turn for answers or help. A chance encounter with an old friend changed everything, setting Shelley on a path of renewed faith where recovery from OCD is not only a goal, but a real work in progress. Shelley was generous enough to share her story with us in the hope that she may shine a light that others struggling with OCD can follow. Shelley has made it her mission to educate, inspire, and advocate on behalf of the OCD community, and has even taken on the role of OCD Advocate for the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Find Shelley on Instagram at https://instagram.com/theocdcafe Find the IOCDF at https://iocdf.org My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

45 minAUG 19
Comments
EP 120 - An OCD Story With Shelley Hohe

EP 119 - Generalized Anxiety Disorder With Dr. Dave Carbonell

One of the most common topics I am asked to address is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is generally categorized with other anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, agoraphobia, OCD and social anxiety. Today I was lucky enough to spend 30 minutes with Dr. David Carbonell. A clinical psychologist specializing in treating anxiety disorders, Dr. Carbonell is the author of "The Worry Trick" and three other books on anxiety and phobias. We had a most excellent talk about GAD, what it is, and how it's treated. For full show notes on this episode, visit https://theanxioustruth.com/119 Find Dr. Carbonell and his books at https://anxietycoach.com My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

34 minAUG 12
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EP 119 - Generalized Anxiety Disorder With Dr. Dave Carbonell

EP 118 - Expecting The Struggle And Making Your Bad Day Playbook

The recovery process will - unfortunately - include days where you still struggle. This is to be expected. In this episode I read lesson 5.5 from my book which discusses the struggles you will encounter. I then discuss the basics of creating a "playbook" that you can turn to on the bad days when you need an easy to follow script rather than thinking on your feet. For full show notes on this episode including the full text of the book chapter I read, visit https://theanxioustruth.com/118 CREATING YOUR "BAD DAY PLAYBOOK" Bad days and period of struggle often include the onset of confusion and forgetting. I see people declare that they can not remember what they are supposed to do when they find themselves faced with period of struggle in recovery. This is clearly a normal situation experienced by many. When discouraged, feeling defeated, and feeling confused and lost, having a playbook or a script that you can reference is VERY helpful. Remember that your bad day playbook is not there to make you instantly feel better. It will not create instant sunshine and rainbows. It might, but that's now what it's there for. It exists only to keep up connected to your humanity, and to the process. It is designed to prop you up and get you back to the basics that will show you that struggle or not, you are still in control and capable of making change in your life. My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links Intro/Outro Music: "Afterglow" by Ben Drake --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

34 minAUG 5
Comments
EP 118 - Expecting The Struggle And Making Your Bad Day Playbook

EP 117 - Fear Is Not A Failure - With Dr. Bridget Cooper

Recovery from an anxiety disorder gets even harder when you judge the presence of fear as an immediate failure. Dr. B - Bridget Cooper - joined me today to talk about fear, and the misconception that the presence of fear indicates failure of some kind. For full show notes on this episode go to https://theanxioustruth.com/117 The Highlights: 1. Being afraid is NOT failure. There are a few reasons you may be thinking this, most based on old self-limiting beliefs and what Dr. B calls "old contracts". Being afraid during recovery does not mean you are failing or "doing it wrong". 2. The Fear - Trust - Control model. Dr. B uses her model of fear to explain how high levels of fear and corresponding low levels of trust trigger exaggerated attempts at control. We discuss how trying to control things is expressed as our old safety, escape and avoidance behaviors. 3. Are you clinging to old self-beliefs because they are comfortable? We discuss why some people are reluctant to even try to face...

40 minJUL 29
Comments
EP 117 - Fear Is Not A Failure - With Dr. Bridget Cooper

EP 116 - Ignoring Anxiety vs. Non-Reactive Acknowledgement

One of the concepts that confuses people more than any other is understanding the difference between accepting and surrendering to anxiety, learning to be nonreactive to anxiety, or ignoring anxiety. Let's talk about that today. There is a difference between ignoring anxiety and learning to become truly non-reactive to anxiety. This is subtle. It's reasonable for people to be confused especially in the early stages of the game. This is a thing that requires a fair amount of thought. It requires a bit of a change in mindset and approach. And it certainly does require practice! For full show notes on this episode go to https://theanxioustruth.com/116 Highlights of this episode: Ignoring Anxiety Is PASSIVE Ignoring Anxiety Is Like Useless "Positive Self Talk" Non-Reactive Acknowledgement - An ACTIVE, Intentional, Purposeful Process Learning The Skill of Non-Reactive Acknowledgement With Practice Acceptance. Surrender. Floating. My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support th...

28 minJUL 22
Comments
EP 116 - Ignoring Anxiety vs. Non-Reactive Acknowledgement

EP 115 - Breaking Free From The Past w/Dr Bridget Cooper

Dr. Bridget Cooper is a cage rattler. Her penchant for confronting old beliefs and challenging thought patterns is helping people to break from from old negative beliefs and ideas. Dr. B is passionate about showing you that a new way and a new life is possible. Old Contracts Many people want so desperately to recover from anxiety issues, but find themselves trapped by old beliefs and ideas that tell them that they are not capable of recovery. The belief that one is less than, not strong enough, not smart enough, or simply not worthy of recovery can be crippling to the process of recovery. Dr. Bridget frames these old negative beliefs as "old contracts" that you were forced to sign well before you had the knowledge, maturity, or ability to understand them or even sign them. You've been given contracts against your will, and you've been acting in accordance with those contracts. Here is news. You are entitled to tear up those old contracts. You didn't choose them. You didn't understan...

39 minJUL 15
Comments
EP 115 - Breaking Free From The Past w/Dr Bridget Cooper

EP 114 - The Paradox Of Seeking Certainty And Safety

Here is a paradox. So much of this anxiety complex revolves around a desperate attempt to find 100 percent iron clad certainty. The search for certainty in the face of irrationally perceived threats destroys your ability to handle uncertainty in the face of real challenges and threats. The search for safety undermines the very thing you seek ... For Full show notes on this episode, visit https://theanxioustruth.com/114 My Links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

37 minJUL 9
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EP 114 - The Paradox Of Seeking Certainty And Safety
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