In this episode I’m joined by licensed therapist and certified sex therapist Leslie Gustafson to discussion how anxiety disorders can impact sex, intimacy and relationships in general. 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!
At some point, overcoming anxiety, panic, agoraphobia and other related issues means taking a leap of faith. There will come a time when you have to stop reading, searching, thinking and discussing and take real action in the form of doing the things you fear the most. Many people talk about waiting until it “clicks” with them before they do it. This is a mistake. It “clicks” after you do it. Experiential learning – the cornerstone of recovery – only happens with experience and experience doesn’t come from thinking or talking or reading. It comes from DOING.
Happy to be back with my friend Holly discussing this important point!
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.
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.
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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.
I feel the need 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.
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. 🙂
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!
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What nobody wants to hear when it comes to overcoming anxiety and panic related problems. 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.
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A little story about having a panic attack while out on a bike ride and how each of us faces a moment of decision when that happens. 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 so I took 15 minutes to talk about it. I hope it’s helpful in some way.