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!
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!
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!
OCD and intrusive, obsessive thoughts are two of the most common issues encountered by people with anxiety issues. They can be scary, hard to understand and difficult to deal with. Difficult doesn’t mean impossible though, so today I had a chat with OCD specialist Kimberley Quinlan (LMFT). Kimberly was kind enough to share 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 spending this time with us!
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.
What are your thoughts? Comments and questions welcomed as always.
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!
My friend Andrew has gone from 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 from “contented agoraphobic” to where he is today, what the future holds, and we we answer some questions asked in our Facebook discussion group. Thank you Andrew!
“Drew, are you cured? Do you still have panic attacks?” I get asked this question all the time. The answer is …I still experience panic attacks now and then. Come watch me experience near panic on the air in this episode. Then Billy and I answer more viewer questions from the Facebook forum.
In this episode 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.
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 video is aimed at you. Holly and I talk about what role you can play in helping and supporting someone you care about as they work on recovering from an anxiety disorder.