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I Hate Anxiety Podcast

170 EpisodesProduced by Larry QuicksallWebsite

If you hate anxiety and want to learn what you can do to get rid of it, then you are in the right place. I'm Larry Quicksall, a mental health therapist with 30 plus years in the field. I've spent the past decade specializing in helping those with severe anxiety disorders, and today I'm bringing my k… read more

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167 - Don't White Knuckle It - 2/11/2021

February 11th, 2021


On today's podcast I want to talk with you about the dangers of "white knuckling it" when it comes to facing your fears fears and triggers, and share with you an alternative process that will help.

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166 - Be Kind to Yourself - 2/2/2021

February 1st, 2021


Anxiety is hard enough already, but we don't need to beat up on ourselves too.  Today I want to share with you how negative self talk can be projected onto others to make it appear that everyone is against us, when that …

165 - Loss of Intimacy - 1/27/2021

January 27th, 2021


Today's podcast addresses the topic of intimacy and the impact that anxiety can have on it.

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164 - Anxiety and Your Self-Esteem - 1/7/2021

January 11th, 2021


Today I want to talk with you about how over time anxiety results in negative self-talk that damages your self-esteem and what you need to do about …

163 - Trust After Anxiety - 1/7/2021

January 7th, 2021


Trust can be impacted by anxiety and trauma, where we trust people to distrust them in several ways.  Let's talk about that on today's podcast.

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162 - Anxiety's Impact on Safety - 1/4/2021

January 4th, 2021


One of the things that can be negatively impacted by anxiety is our sense of safety.  On today's podcast I look at four key factors that change our view of what safety means to each of us.

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161 - Does Control Keep You Safe? - 11/16/2020

November 16th, 2020


Sometimes we develop the belief that if we are in control we will be safe and secure.  However, this belief is not accurate and can result in …

160 - Don't Assume Your Beliefs are Accurate - 11/12/2020

November 12th, 2020


Do you assume your beliefs are true?  Of course you do.  We all do.  However, when we talk about anxious beliefs that others do not seem to share, then maybe we ought to ask ourselves "How do I know my beliefs are …

159 - Don't Leave Me! I Need You! - 10/31/2020

October 31st, 2020


On today's episode we are going to look at anxiety and dependency on others, how it can develop, what it can look like, and what you can do about it.

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158 - The 30-Day Challenge - 10/27/2020

October 27th, 2020


In today's podcast I am excited to tell you about the "I Can Overcome Anxiety 30-Day Challenge", a program years in the making to help you overcome the anxiety in your life.  In the podcast I share with you the 5 …

157 - Security and Control - 10/22/2020

October 22nd, 2020


Do you find yourself believing that in order to be safe and secure that you have to be in control?  If so, I recorded this podcast for you!

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156 - If I'm Vulnerable I'm in Danger - 10/16/2020

October 16th, 2020


Can you relate to this statement: "If I'm Vulnerable I'm in Danger".  If you can, then you need to listen to this episode, because you are going the …

155 - Approval Addiction - 10/12/2020

October 12th, 2020


Perfectionism  and being around a hyper critical person can lead to self doubt, which can cascade to Approval Addiction.  But what is this? How can it happen?  How does one recover from it?  Let's dig into this topic on …

154 - The Problem with Perfectionism - 10/8/2020

October 8th, 2020


There are many problems with perfectionism, so why do some people still pursue it?  What is a good alternative to being a perfectionist?  Let's talk about perfectionism on today's podcast.

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153 - Words Mean Things - 10/05/2020

October 5th, 2020


Did you ever stop to think that your mind is listening and believing everything you say?  So what are you saying about yourself, other people, and the world around you?  Is what you are saying helping or hurting you? …

152 - Emotional Reasoning - October 1, 2020

October 1st, 2020


Today we wrap up the series on Problematic Thinking Patterns with Emotional Reasoning.

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151 - Mind Reading - September 28, 2020

September 28th, 2020


On today's podcast we continue with addressing Problematic Thinking Patterns with the pattern called Mind Reading.

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150 - Over Generalizing - September 24, 2020

September 24th, 2020


On today's podcast we will look at the problematic thinking pattern of Over-Generalizing why it can be such as issue.

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149 - Over Simplifying - September 21, 2020

September 21st, 2020


On today's podcast we continue with looking at Problematic Thinking Patterns with the topic of Over Simplifying.

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148 - Disregarding Important Aspects - Sep 3, 2020

September 3rd, 2020


Today's topic looks at Disregarding Important Aspects of a Situation as a part of the Problematic Thinking Patterns of Cognitive Processing Therapy.

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147 - Exaggerating or Minimizing - August 31, 2020

August 31st, 2020


Today's topic continues with the seven types of problematic thinking patterns: Exaggerating or minimizing a situation.

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146 - Jumping to Conclusions - August 27, 2020

August 27th, 2020


Today's I'm starting a 7 part series on Problematic Thinking Patterns that comes from Cognitive Process Therapy.  We will start with Jumping to Conclusions.

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145 - Feeding the Anxiety Fire - August 24, 2020

August 24th, 2020


On today's podcast I turn things around and explore 4 great ways to feed the anxiety fire in your life.  This is a mirror exercise, and if you see yourself in the mirror with any of these for areas, then you may want to …

144 - Inspirational Quotes - August 10, 2020

August 10th, 2020


On today's podcast I want to talk about inspirational quotes that speak something positive to you that you can repeat and think about throughout the …

143 - Peaceful Easy Feeling - August 6, 2020

August 6th, 2020


The Eagles recorded the song Peaceful Easy Feeling for their first album in 1972, and it is a favorite sing-along refrain that has lasted for nearly …

142 - Listing Your Anxious Thoughts - August 3, 2020

August 3rd, 2020


You make a shopping list to make sure you get what you need from the store.  Listing your anxiety thoughts and beliefs in a Stuck Point Log gives you the opportunity address your recovery from anxiety in a more …

141- Bending Beliefs - July 27, 2020

July 27th, 2020


In today’s episode I want to talk to you about bending your beliefs, specifically the concepts of a simulation, accommodation, and over-accommodation.

140 - Understanding Your World View - July 23, 2020

July 23rd, 2020


On today's podcast we will examine the concept of World View and how answering a few questions can increase you insight and understanding about what and why you believe certain things.

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139 - Differences Between Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies - July 20, 2020

July 20th, 2020


In today's episode I share with you the primary differences between cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy.

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138 - Choosing a Therapist - July 16, 2020

July 16th, 2020


On today's podcast I share with you my thoughts on choosing the best therapist for you.

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137 - Following Fear or Breaking Free - July 15, 2020

July 15th, 2020


When your recovery from stalls or hits a plateau, it may be from following fear.  Today's podcast looks at the question "Are you following fear or …

136 - Reaching Your Goals - July 2, 2020

July 2nd, 2020


We all have goals. Unfortunately there are far too many goals that we never reach. However if you have a very important goal may I suggest a four step approach that may help you reach it.


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135 - Stages of Change - Jun 29, 2020

June 29th, 2020


Have you ever wondered why change hasn't been working for you?  Sometimes we need a different perspective on how change works in order to make the progress we hope to achieve.  On today's podcast I talk about the …

Episode 338 - It’s My Birthday! - June 22, 2020

June 22nd, 2020


Good morning and good coffee! Happy birthday to me! Yes it really is my birthday today, so I wanna share with you some thoughts about birthdays and …

134 - Write It, Speak It, Believe It, Live It - June 18, 2020

June 18th, 2020


On today’s episode I want to share with you a four step process for installing positive beliefs into your way of thinking and into your daily life. I’ve been using this process for years with great success, and if you …

133 - Positive Affirmations - Jun 15, 2020

June 15th, 2020


Those with anxiety disorders often have a lot of negative beliefs about themselves, other people and the world.  Positive Affirmations about yourself …

132 - Creating Calm in Your Life - Jun 11, 2020

June 11th, 2020


Would you like to create more calm in your life?  Who wouldn't!  On today's podcast I share with you my 8-step method to strategically create more …

131 - Why are Other's Calm and I'm Not? - Jun 08, 2020

June 8th, 2020


Have you ever wondered why other people are calm and you are not?  These calm people are people you should study to find out what they see, what they …

130 - Practicing Calm Thinking - May 26, 2020

May 26th, 2020


A lot of times people talk about having racing negative thoughts with their anxiety. Rather than trying not to think about them, how about replacing them by practicing calm thinking.


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129 - Amygdala and Hippocampus- May 21, 2020

May 21st, 2020


There are two structures in the brain that are very important, but have two significant limitations that have a major impact on anxiety disorders. Want to learn more? Listen to today’s podcast on the amygdala and the …

128 - Taking Past Out of Context - May 15, 2020

May 15th, 2020


On today’s episode I cover the topic as to whether or not you might be taking your past out of context leading to anxiety issues today.


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127 - Worse Case Scenarios - May 11, 2020

May 11th, 2020


On today’s podcast I want to talk about worst case scenario’s and why I don’t believe in them. That’s not to say that bad things don’t happen, but if you’re telling yourself you’re in a worst-case scenario you are …

126 - Evidence-Based vs Emotional Reasoning - May 4, 2020

May 4th, 2020


On today’s podcast I talk about the difference between evidence-based reasoning and emotional reasoning. Which do you think leads to recovery and which do you think leads to ongoing anxiety? Find out the answer in …

125 - Probability vs Possibility - April 30, 2020

April 30th, 2020


Today I want to talk about the topic of risk management in the difference between probability and possibility.


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124 - Sources of Information - April 27, 2020

April 27th, 2020


Many times we have thoughts in her head that are not accurate, that are not truthful. But where do we get this information from? And is this source …

123 - Forests and Trees - April 23, 2020

April 24th, 2020


Have you ever heard the phrase I can’t see the forest because of the trees? Did you know that can also apply to anxiety disorders? Find out how in today’s episode.


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122 - Taken out of Context - April 20, 2020

April 21st, 2020


On today’s episode I share with you my thoughts regarding taking things out of context and how that can worsen anxiety disorders and make recovery harder.


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121 - Extreme Words - Apr 16, 2020

April 16th, 2020


What do these words have in common: Always, never, everything, totally, ruined, can't everyone, no one, and anymore?  They are all extreme words that can distort our beliefs and create stuck points.  On today's podcast …

120 - For or Against Exercise - Apr 13, 2020

April 13th, 2020


There will likely be times when you are not sure if what you believe is actually true.  Today I will show you an exercise I often do in therapy sessions to help people determine if a beliefs is true or false.

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119 - My Truth vs Your Truth - Apr 09, 2020

April 9th, 2020


In today's society you will often here the phrase, "Well that's your truth, but this is my truth."  That phrase may sound good, where everyone can have their own truth, but it is not going to help you recover from …

118 - Weighing the Evidence - April 6, 2020

April 6th, 2020


On today’s episode we are going to be looking at weighing the evidence to determine truth.


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117 - Challenge Questions - March 30, 2020

March 30th, 2020


On today’s episode I wanna introduce you to the challenge questions that are a part of cognitive processing therapy. This is another great way to challenge your beliefs to see if they are accurate or true.


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116 - Socratic Method - March 26, 2020

March 26th, 2020


In today’s podcast we’re going to examine the process of Socratic Method to challenge beliefs and determine whether they are true or false.


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115 - Your Mind is Listening - March 23, 2020

March 22nd, 2020


It is very easy to get into the habit of having negative thoughts. They may be automatic and are statements that we either say or think. The reason it’s so important to correct this kind of thinking is because our mind …

114 - Situation, Belief, Emotion -March 19, 2020

March 20th, 2020


In today’s podcast I want to explain to you the connections between situations, beliefs, and emotions specifically as they relate to the stuck point log discussed in our last episode, 113.


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113 - Stuck Point Log - March 16, 2020

March 16th, 2020


On today’s podcast I want to introduce you to the topic of a stuck point log. If you don’t know what a stuck point is, go back and listen to episode 112 where I explain what it is. We’re going to use this concept of a …

112 - Stuck Points - March 12, 2020

March 12th, 2020


On today’s podcast I introduced the topic of stuck points, what they are, and what we need to do about them.


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111 - Anxiety Chasers - March 9, 2020

March 10th, 2020


What is an anxiety chaser? Basically when we have a strong emotional reaction we follow it with a sudden action to resolve or quiet the emotion. …

110 - Thoughts and Feelings - March 5, 2020

March 5th, 2020


On today’s podcast I want to talk about the differences between thoughts and emotions, because when it comes to anxiety disorders we can often get them confused.


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109 - “Health Food” for Your Mind - March 2, 2020

March 2nd, 2020


On today’s podcast I want to talk about the idea of “health food” for your mind. In today’s society we consume a lot of media, and just like food some of that media is healthy for moving us away from anxiety while other …

108 - See What You are Looking For - Feb 27, 2020

February 27th, 2020


Can two people look at the same object or situation and see them in opposite ways? The answer is “yes“, so let’s take a look at this in today’s episode.


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107 - Drawn to What You Focus On - Feb 24, 2020

February 24th, 2020


In today’s podcast I want to share with you a story of a semi truck, a white line, and a valuable lesson that revealed a truth about what we focus on.


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106 - Thinking Outside of Your Box - Feb 20, 2020

February 20th, 2020


Have you ever been told that you need to think outside the box in order to solve a problem in your life? Well, thinking outside the box may be …

105 - Recording Anxiety Patterns - Feb 17, 2020

February 17th, 2020


If you don’t accurately understand your triggers or emotions during times of anxiety than this episode is for you. Today I will teach you an effective method of observing and recording your anxiety patterns that can …

104 - Don’t Sabotage Your Recovery - Feb 13, 2020

February 13th, 2020


While each of us want to recover from our anxiety, sometimes we can find ourselves actually sabotaging our own recovery. On today’s podcast, I will share with you several ways in which you might be getting in the way …

103 - Challenge Your Thoughts - Feb 10, 2020

February 10th, 2020


On today’s podcast I want to give you a challenge. I am going to challenge you to challenge your thoughts. Why? It’s simple, if you have false beliefs that are keeping you trapped in anxiety, then you need to challenge …

102 - Believe You Can Beat Anxiety - Feb 6, 2020

February 6th, 2020


I want to have a personal conversation with you today. Do you believe that you can beat anxiety? That simple question makes all the difference in whether or not you will overcome anxiety today’s podcast is a one on one …

101 - Overcoming Roadblocks to Recovery - Feb 03, 2020

February 3rd, 2020


On today's podcast I share several roadblocks or excuses to starting our journey for overcoming anxiety.  Don't let a roadblock get in your way of you receiving the treatment you need.  Create a plan for overcoming the …

100 - Echo Chambers - Jan 30, 2020

January 30th, 2020


Today I want to talk about the concept of an echo chamber. Echoes are kind of neat in that they bounce back the words that we say. An echo chamber in this context is when the thoughts that we express our reflected back …

099 - Challenging News-Related Anxiety - Jan 27, 2020

January 27th, 2020


On today’s podcast I want to go back and revisit the topic from episode 97 regarding turning off the news when it creates anxiety. Today I’m gonna give you five questions to ask when you’re feeling anxious watching the …

098 - Feeding into Other People's Anxiety - Jan 23, 2020

January 23rd, 2020


Do you find yourself feeding into other people's anxiety?  Does it seem like everyone is having drama, crisis, or tragedy in their lives and it is effecting you.  Let's talk about that today, and I'll give you a couple …

097 - Turn Off the News - Jan 20, 2020

January 20th, 2020


Do you feel anxiety when you watch CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, etc? Are you being triggered and find yourself obsessively watching it more than an hour a day, maybe even 5 hours a day?  When a storm system moves across the …

096 - Too Much Change Too Quickly - Jan 16, 2020

January 16th, 2020


What happens when we experience too much change too quickly?  Well, two things can happen.  The first is called stress, which everyone experiences.  However, the second can be an anxiety reaction for people who already …

095 - Parenting and Anxiety: Inconsistency - Jan 13, 2020

January 13th, 2020


Today I talk about how inconsistent parenting due to anxiety can negativing impact a child's behaviors and personality development.

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094 - Parenting and Anxiety: Anger - Jan 9, 2020

January 11th, 2020


Today I share with you my thoughts regarding parenting when anxiety is expressed as anger.

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093 - Parenting and Anxiety: Over Control 093- Jan 06, 2020

January 6th, 2020


Today I continue with the topic of Parent and Anxiety but focus on how an over-controlling parent can generate and plant the seeds of anxiety in …

092 - Parenting and Anxiety: Over Protection - Jan 02, 2020

January 2nd, 2020


When anxiety can be seen running in families it is typically a learned behavior.  Today I want to talk about how over protection can develop from parent styles.

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091 - Happy New Year - Dec 31, 2019

December 31st, 2019


Happy New Year to all of my listeners!  My hope for each of you is that 2020 will be a year of positive change to reduce the amount of anxiety in your lives.  In this episode I share my thoughts on five things to do in …

090 - Low Blood Sugar and False Anxiety - Dec 30, 2019

December 30th, 2019


Today I want to tell you a story about anxiety symptoms that turned out to be something entirely different.

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089 - Caffeine and False Anxiety - Dec 26, 2019

December 26th, 2019


Today I want to share a couple of examples where people were reporting anxiety that actually was related to excessive use of caffeine.

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088 - How a History of Abuse Can Create Anxiety Issues Today - Dec 23, 2019

December 23rd, 2019


Today I explain how past abuse that is not occurring today can lead to the experience of anxiety today, and what you can do to start changing that.

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087 - The Night I Hit A Deer! - Dec 19, 2019

December 19th, 2019


On today's podcast I want to share with you a personal experience where the amygdala and hippocampus tag-teamed together following a traumatic …

086 - When Amygdala and Hippocampus Tag-Team Together - Dec 16, 2019

December 16th, 2019


Today I explain how the amygdala and hippocampus work together to help us stay safe, but also how they play a significant role in anxiety and …

085 - What is the Hippocampus? - Dec 12, 2019

December 12th, 2019


Today I want to share with you a little bit about the Hippocampus.  This structure plays an important role with memory and associations.  Learn more …

084 - What is the Amygdala - Dec 09, 2019

December 9th, 2019


The Amygdala is a very important structure in the brain when it comes to threat detection.  The Amygdala is a fast learner, but when circumstances change or inaccurate information is learned it can lead to anxiety and …

083 - Parasympathetic Nervous System - Dec 05, 2019

December 5th, 2019


Today I cover part 2 of our series on parts of the autonomic nervous system that are involved with anxiety disorder.  The opposite of the Sympathetic …

082 - Sympathetic Nervous System - Dec 02, 2019

December 2nd, 2019


Today I am starting a two-part series on two aspects of the Autonomic Nervous System that play key roles in anxiety disorders.  In the first part I …

081 - Can Anxiety Change Your Brain - Nov 25, 2019

November 25th, 2019


Can anxiety change your brain?  The answer is "Yes", and on today's podcast I will share with you how and why.

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080 - Comorbidity - Nov 21, 2019

November 21st, 2019


Today I talk about Comorbidity and discuss most common mental disorders that occur with anxiety.


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079 - Acute Stress Disorder - Nov 18, 2019

November 18th, 2019


Today I quickly describe Acute Stress Disorder and how it is related to PTSD.

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078 - What is PTSD? Part 6 - Nov 14, 2019

November 14th, 2019


On today's podcast we will look at arousal and then wrapped up this series on PTSD>

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077 - What is PTSD? Part 5 - Nov 11, 2019

November 11th, 2019


On today's podcast I cover Negativity as it relates to the diagnosis of PTSD.

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076 - What is PTSD? Part 4 - Nov 07, 2019

November 7th, 2019


In today's podcast I talk about the symptoms of Avoidance related to PTSD.

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075 - What is PTSD? Part 3 - Nov 4, 2019

November 4th, 2019


In today's episode I talk about Intrusion symptoms of PTSD including thoughts, dreams, dissociation, psychological distress, and physiological …

074 - What is PTSD? Part 2 - Oct 31, 2019

October 31st, 2019


Today I share with you how a traumatic situation is defined according to the DSM-5.

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073 - What is PTSD? Part 1 - Oct 28, 2019

October 28th, 2019


Today I start a series on PTSD beginning with a bit of history on descriptions of PTSD over the ages and more specifically looking at the development of the current diagnosis over the past 75 years.

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072 - Top Phobias and How to Overcome Them - Oct 24, 2019

October 24th, 2019


On to today's episode I look at the top 10 phobias in the United States as well as a 3-step approach to overcoming a phobia.

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071 - How Specific Phobias Can Start - Oct 21, 2019

October 21st, 2019


How do specific phobias start?  I believe there are three primary ways people develop a phobia and I cover all three with a personal example from my family at the end of the podcast.

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070 - Fun with Phobias - Oct 17, 2019

October 17th, 2019


Let's have some fun with phobias.  This not to make fun of or to minimize a person's personal struggle with phobias, but their unusual names that are a challenge to pronounce can make learning about specific phobias a …

069 - Who Made Anxiety the Boss Over You? - Oct 14, 2019

October 14th, 2019


Who made anxiety the boss over you?  Good question!  Understanding the origins of anxiety in our life can help us see where we have been, how it started, maybe even why it start, but there is a much more important …

068 - Anxiety Companion or Recovery Coach - Oct 07, 2019

October 10th, 2019


There are several anxiety disorders, like agoraphobia, where a person may use a companion to help them do certain activities that typically results …

067 - Agoraphobia and the Need for a Companion - Oct 07, 2019

October 7th, 2019


Do you have a need for a companion when going into situations that produce anxiety?  In today's episode I talk about Agoraphobia, the five fear situations associated with this disorder, and the need for a companion. …

066 - You're Not Going to Die - Oct 03, 2019

October 3rd, 2019


Have you ever told yourself during a panic attack that you're going to die?  This is actually a listed symptom of a Panic Attack as defined in the …

065 - Panic Attacks and Adrenaline - Sep 30, 2019

September 30th, 2019


If you have not listened to podcasts 063 and 064, please go back and listen to them before listening to this podcast.  Today I go over the 13 symptoms of a panic attack and compare them with the effects of adrenaline on …

064 - Adrenaline's Role in Anxiety - Sep 26, 2019

September 26th, 2019


Today I want to share with your adrenaline's role in anxiety and specifically it's primary and secondary effects on the human body.  If you have not …

063 BONUS: Understanding Prolonged Exposure - Sep 24, 2019

September 24th, 2019


Today's bonus podcast is an interview from 9/24/2019 with Colette Smith LCSW on using Prolonged Exposure Therapy for the treatment of Post Traumatic …

063 - What is a Panic Attack - Sep 23, 2019

September 23rd, 2019


We often hear the term "panic attack" being use, but what exactly is a panic attack?  Today I explain the 13 symptoms of a panic attack along with what are panic sensations and high anxiety.

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062 - Social Anxiety and Negative Beliefs - Sep 19, 2019

September 19th, 2019


Social anxiety comes with negative beliefs, and today I want to talk with your about four of the negative beliefs that need to be identified and understood in order to eventually treat them.  The four negative beliefs I …

061 - Avoiding Triggers: The Double Edge Sword - Sep 16, 2019

September 16th, 2019


Many people avoid triggers as a way of avoiding the distress of anxiety and panic attacks, but this is just one side of a double edge sword.  On today's podcast I share with you the problems of using avoidance for …

060 - Deactivating Triggers - Sep 12, 2019

September 12th, 2019


Today we look at deactivating trigger reactions and the cognitive and behavioral approaches to doing that.

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059 - Trigger Reactions - Sep 09, 2019

September 9th, 2019


In today's episode I talk about trigger reactions, what they are and how they develop in relationship to anxiety.

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058 - Classical Conditioning and Triggers - Sep 05, 2019

September 5th, 2019


Today I go back in my memory to teaching Intro to Psych classes for Lake Land College and the concept of Classical Conditioning, but I tie this …

056 - Do I Need a Diagnosis to Get Help? - September 2, 2019

September 2nd, 2019


Today I answer this question, "Do I need a diagnosis to get help?"  Take a listen to find out my answer.

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056 - Going Diagnostic - August 29, 2019

August 29th, 2019


Today I give a very brief overview of the difference key anxiety and trauma disorders.

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055 - When is Anxiety Bad? - August 26, 2019

August 26th, 2019


Last time I talked about when anxiety was good, so today I'll be talking about when anxiety is bad.  Four things I look for when assessing a personal for bad anxiety is if it is lasting too long, interfering with daily …

054 - When is Anxiety Good? - August 22, 2019

August 22nd, 2019


Can anxiety every be good, or is it always bad?  Good question.  The answer is that anxiety can be good, but if it meets the criteria of being short, focused, and effective.

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053 - What is Normal - August 19, 2019

August 19th, 2019


In my therapy office I am often asked the question “Am I normal“. Today I want to briefly tackle the question of what is normal and what is not.


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052 -Are You Ready to Overcoming Anxiety - August 15, 2019

August 15th, 2019


Are you ready to start overcoming anxiety? A lot of people think that they are better than frustrated that they can’t seem to accomplish their goals. Today I’m going to walk you through the four questions that will help …

051 - 3 Approaches to Reducing Anxiety

August 12th, 2019


Today we explore three approaches to reducing anxiety: cognitive, behavioral, and soothing. But why not become proficient in all of them for better …

050 - Avoidance Makes Anxiety Last - August 8, 2020

August 8th, 2019


While avoiding a trigger may seem like the most natural thing to do to try to help your anxiety, it’s actually the thing that will keep your anxiety alive even for a lifetime. Today on the podcast I talk about how …

049 - Why Medication Alone Doesn’t Work - August 5, 2019

August 5th, 2019


I’ve had many people ask me why can’t you just give me a pill that will make this all better. Today I answer that question on the podcast.


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048 - Drugs for Reducing Anxiety - August 1, 2019

August 1st, 2019


Today I share my personal thoughts and concerns regarding the use of medications or illegal drugs for reducing the symptoms of anxiety. As a disclaimer I’m a mental health therapist, and I am not a physician, nurse …

047 - Secondary Benefits - July 29, 2019

July 29th, 2019


Today I talk about secondary benefits in relationship to anxiety disorders, and how this can get in the way of a person’s full recovery.


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046 - Adrenaline and Panic Attacks - July 25, 2019

July 25th, 2019


This is Part 2 of a 2 part series on Adrenaline and Panic Attacks.  If you haven't listened to Part 1 already, please go back and listen to Part 1 on Episode 045.

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045 - Adrenaline and It's Physical Effects - July 22, 2019

July 22nd, 2019


This is Part 1 of a 2 part series.  Today I talk about the physical effects of adrenaline.

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044 - Helpful or Harmful Patterns - July 18, 2019

July 18th, 2019


Today we look at patterns in our life and whether they are helpful or harmful.  I use four examples that include changing passive into pro-active, …

043 - Automatic Negative Thoughts - July 15, 2019

July 15th, 2019


Do you find yourself thinking negatively in certain situations where other's don't think negatively?  Do the negative thoughts just pop into your head without having to really think about it?  If so you may have …

042 - Beliefs vs Emotions - July 11, 2019

July 11th, 2019


What happens if we treat beliefs as if they are emotions?  We can get trapped into believing lies.  Don't let yourself be trapped - Listen to today's episode.

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041 - Thinking Symptoms of Anxiety - July 8, 2019

July 8th, 2019


In today's episode I share several key thinking symptoms of anxiety including need for approval, anticipating a dark future, excessive focus on negativity, perfectionism, poor concentration, and racing negative thoughts.

040 - Reactions to Anxiety - July 4, 2019

July 4th, 2019


Today I want to share with you the four key reactions to anxiety: thoughts, emotions, actions, and physical reactions.

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039 - What Kind of Help Do I Need? - July 1, 2019

July 1st, 2019


Today, I want to answer the question, "What Kind of Help Do I Need?" when wanting to treat anxiety.  Well, that depends upon your symptoms.  Some people mostly need education, while others need to address an overactive …

038 - Why Do I Have Physical Symptoms of Anxiety - June 27, 2019

June 27th, 2019


Alright, you have the physical symptoms of anxiety, but why do you have them?  In today's podcast I'll explain that to you and remove the mystery of panic attacks.

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037 - Physical Symptoms of Anxiety - June 24, 2019

June 24th, 2019


Today I share with you the physical symptoms of anxiety as it relates to a Panic Attack as described in the DSM-5.

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036 - Anxiety Impacts our Actions - June 20, 2019

June 20th, 2019


Your anxiety impact your actions in several ways including decisions, thoughts, and experiential learning.  Larry tackles each of these areas in today's podcast.

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035 - What's Wrong with My Memory? - Jun 17, 2019

June 17th, 2019


What's wrong with my memory?  Well, if you have anxiety issues, then that could be the culprit.  Anxiety related decisions tend to clog up our higher …

034 - Why Can't I Concentrate? - Jun 13, 2019

June 13th, 2019


Why can't I concentrate?  Is there something medically wrong with me?  Well, people with anxiety often struggle with concentration, and in today's podcast I'll tell you why.

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033 - The Perfectionism Treadmill - Jun 10, 2019

June 10th, 2019


Are you stuck on the perfectionism treadmill?  Would you like to get off?  Would you like to practice an alternative where you feel good about …

032 - Magnifying and Catastrophizing - Jun 6, 2019

June 6th, 2019


Remember those old time movies with the old style special effects with models and strings holding them up in the air?  The photographers would use …

031 - Are You Living in a Scary Future - Jun 2, 2019

June 3rd, 2019


People with anxiety often live in a scary future, not a scary past or present, but worrying about how bad, terrible and scary the future will be.  But I'm willing to bet your future doesn't turn out to be a scary as …

030 - Understanding Agoraphobia - May 30, 2019

May 30th, 2019


Today we wrap up our 3-part series on phobias by talking about Agoraphobia.

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029 - Understanding Social Anxiety Disorder - May 27, 2019

May 27th, 2019


Today I cover part 2 in my 3-part series on phobia by digging into the criteria and symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder.

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028 - Understanding Specific Phobias - May 23, 2019

May 23rd, 2019


Today I'm starting a 3-part series on phobias and am covering Specific Phobias.   If you are curious about seeing an exhaustive list of names of different phobias you can visit the Phobia List website at

027 - Anxiety & Seeking Approval - May 20, 2019

May 20th, 2019


Today I talk about anxiety and how it relates to seeking approval from others.  Three ways that I talk about include self-doubt that leads to needing approval, self-doubt complicated by a fear of criticism, and lack of …

026 - Downtime and Anxiety - May 16, 2019

May 16th, 2019


So you have the opportunity for some much needed downtime.  You're ready to relax and chill and get away from the stress of the day.  But wait, you can't because worry and anxiety is invading your downtime, is intruding …

025 - Anxiety and Relationships - May 13, 2019

May 13th, 2019


Anxiety can have a negative impact on a variety of relationships.  Here are a few ways I share on the podcast:
Excessive Doubting
Not being present

024 - Anxiety and Physical Health - May 9, 2019

May 9th, 2019


Do people with anxiety have more health issues than other people?  Do people with anxiety make more trips to the hospital?  Are there certain anxiety disorders that tend to be associated with a person seeking more …

023 - Anxiety, Stress and Weight Gain - May 6, 2019

May 6th, 2019


Today we look at three key reasons for weight gain related to anxiety: Cortisol, excess eating, and inactivity.  I also go into more detail regarding …

022 - What is the Cost of Your Anxiety on Your Children - May 2, 2019

May 2nd, 2019


Sometimes we will put up with too much anxiety because we say "It's only hurting me", but let me ask you, "What is the cost of your anxiety on your children?"  I'm not asking this to beat you up, but to help motivate …

021 - What are the Physical Costs of Anxiety - Apr 29, 2019

April 29th, 2019


Today we look at the short term and long term physical effects of anxiety. 


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020 - What is the cost of Anxiety - Apr 25, 2019

April 25th, 2019


What is the cost of anxiety in your life?  What is your level of distress?  What are you unable to do?  Counting the cost may make us angry, but can …

019 - Stress vs Anxiety - Apr 22, 2019

April 22nd, 2019


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IHAP-018 - Does Everyone Have Anxiety? - Apr 20, 2019

April 20th, 2019


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IHAP-017 - Momentum - Aug 15, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In today's episode Larry Quicksall discusses the concept of momentum, both how it can strengthen anxiety and help a person recover from it.

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IHAP-016 - White Knuckling It - Aug 6, 2017

April 20th, 2019


Sometimes when we want to confront an anxiety trigger situations we will go in "white knuckling it".  We muster up the courage and endure the distress hoping this will make it go away.  Unfortunately, it often keeps …

IHAP-015 - ANTS: Automatic Negative Thoughts - Jul 26, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In today's episode, Larry Quicksall explains ANTS, Automatic Negative Thoughts, their impact on mood, and how to get rid of them.

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IHAP-014 - Anxiety and Anger - Jul 13, 2017

April 20th, 2019


There can be a connection btween anxiety and anger that is different from the other types of anger.  In today's episode 

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IHAP-013 - Anxiety and Fireworks - Jul 2, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode, Larry Quicksall talks about anxiety and fireworks, reasons for having anxiety related to fireworks, steps to consider when trying to overcoming fireworks anxiety, and tips when watching fireworks. Happy …

IHAP-012 - Avoidance: Seeking Shelter from the Storm - Jun 25, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In today's episode, Larry Quicksall examines avoidance as a form of shelter from the anxiety storms. However, avoidance doesn't work well.  Larry explains 5 key types of avoidance, problems with avoidance, and therapy …

IHAP-011 - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Jun 20, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, Larry Quicksall talks about PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder including what is a trauma, four categories of symptoms (intrusions, avoidance, negativity, arousal), and things to …

IHAP-010 - Phobias - Jun 13, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In today's podcast, Larry Quicksall explains the concept of phobias and phobic reactions.

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IHAP-009 - Emotional Reasoning - Jun 1, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode, Larry Quicksall explains the differences between Emotional Reasoning and Evidence Based Logic, and the roles they play in both …

IHAP-008 - Prefrontal Cortex and the Amygdala - May 21, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast Larry Quicksall answers a question from Beth: "How come I can know something can't hurt me, but I feel all scared in my body. I tell myself it's OK, but my body always wins the argument." …

IHAP-007 - Generalization vs Discrimination - May 14, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, Larry Quicksall describes the differences between generalization and discrimination and how they apply to both the development of and recovery from anxiety disorders.

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IHAP-006 - Belief - May 7, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, Larry Quicksall shares what he sees as the most important thing he has learned in his first 25 years of working in the mental health field, and he explains just how important it is to you …

IHAP-005 - What is Trauma? - Apr 30, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode, Larry Quicksall explains trauma, how it is defined in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), and the impact that trauma can have in our lives.

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IHAP-004 - What are Panic Attacks? - Apr 23, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast, Larry Quicksall talks about panic attacks including the 13 symptoms as listed in the DSM-5.

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IHAP-003 - What is the DSM? - Apr 16, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast Larry Quicksall talks about the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) including its history, use in making consistent diagnosis, and how it is used in treatment.

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IHAP-002 - Stress vs Anxiety - Apr 9, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this episode of the podcast Larry Quicksall explains the differences between stress and anxiety.

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IHAP-001 - Intro to Podcast - Apr 2, 2017

April 20th, 2019


In this initial episode of the "I Hate Anxiety Podcast", Larry Quicksall (host) gives an overview of the podcast and how it came to be.  Larry also shares a bit about his clinical background in working with those …

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