That Anxiety Guy - REAL Help For Panic, Anxiety and Agoraphobia

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Anxiety Recovery - What Should You Do When You "Fail"?

August 19th, 2019


Recorded from YouTube Live August 19, 2019

 What do you do when you “fail” at an exposure, or when you have a particularly difficult anxiety day and …

Anxiety Recovery - Common Exposure Misconceptions And Mistakes

August 15th, 2019


Today I'm joined by my friend Holly to talk about common misconceptions and mistakes surrounding exposure.  Many people are unaware of the true …

I Feel OK ... And I'm Not Sure What To Do Now (w/Joe Ryan)

August 6th, 2019


You've been doing the work.  You've been working the process.  You're facing your fears and learning not to be afraid of how you feel. You're no longer crippled by panic, fear and anxiety. One day you find that that …

Issues of Competence, Confidence and Self-Esteem in Anxiety Recovery (w/Joe Ryan)

August 5th, 2019


Often, issues of self-esteem, confidence and competence can get in the way when recovering from anxiety and panic issues.  If you've ever been made to feel like you're not good enough, not capable, or not competent, my …

How Trauma And Pain Do NOT Have To Ruin Your Day - w/Joe Ryan

July 31st, 2019


Its possible to work through anxiety, panic, trauma and pain without having it ruin every day.  Today I'm joined by my old friend Joe Ryan.  Joe has …

Sunday Night Anxiety Q&A - July 7, 2019

July 8th, 2019


Q&A from my Facebook group including questions about dizziness, driving, doctor visits, airports, neck spasms, anticipatory anxiety and exposure …

Dealing With Anticipatory Anxiety

July 5th, 2019


Anticipatory anxiety isn't a special or different kind of anxiety. It's not a mysterious external force over which you have no control. Let's define …

You Do NOT Have To Follow Every Thought You Have!

June 25th, 2019


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.  …

Finding Your Power Even In The Darkest Moments - w/Monique Koven

June 18th, 2019


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 …

Anxiety Help - You Are NOT Responsible For The Happiness of Others (with Monique Koven)

June 5th, 2019


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 …

Dealing With OCD and Obsessive Thoughts - w/Kimberly Quinlan (LMFT)

April 5th, 2019


Today I had a chat with Kimberley Quinlan (LMFT) about OCD, obsessive/intrusive thoughts, and how to deal with them effectively. Lots of good information and resources in this one, along with a bunch of concepts you'll …

How Should You Talk About Your Anxiety?

April 4th, 2019


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 …

Anxiety Success Stories - How Sarah Overcame Her Health Anxiety

February 5th, 2019


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 …

Anxiety Success Stories - How Andrew Is Taking His Life Back

January 31st, 2019


My friend Andrew has gone from "contented agoraphobic" to well down the path to full recovery and was nice enough to take some time to share his …

Near Panic On-Air and More Viewer Questions - Anxiety 101 w/Billy from Anxiety United

January 27th, 2019


"Drew, are you cured?  Do you ever have panic attacks?"  I get this question all the time.  The answer is ... I can still experience a panic attack now and then.  So come listen to me experience near panic on-air in …

Anxiety 101 - Dealing With Stress - W/Billy from Anxiety United

January 26th, 2019


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. …

Part 2 - Someone I Care About Has Anxiety Problems - How Can I Help?

January 16th, 2019


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 …

Part 1 - Someone I Care About Has Anxiety Problems. How Can I Help?

January 15th, 2019


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 …

Making An Anxiety Recovery Plan - w/Billy from Anxiety United

January 5th, 2019


Overcoming anxiety problems means making a good recovery plan and executing it.  In this episode I'm joined by my friend Billy from Anxiety United. We discuss the basics of a good recovery plan including breaking things …

Anxiety, Sex and Relationship Issues - With Leslie Gustafson

January 4th, 2019


A discussion of how anxiety disorders can impact sex, intimacy and relationships in general with licensed therapist and certified sex therapist Leslie Gustafson.  Leslie and I talk about the general approach to this …

Overcoming Anxiety - Taking A Leap Of Faith

December 18th, 2018


At some point in this process, you MUST take a leap of faith.  All the talking and questioning and reading and learning must give way to actually …

PTSD, Trauma and Anxiety w/Monique Koven

December 6th, 2018


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 …

Anxiety and Dining Out / Social Situations

November 26th, 2018


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 …

Overcoming The Fear of Panic While Driving - With Billy from Anxiety United

November 24th, 2018


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 …

Anxiety vs Anxiety Disorders - Clarification and Different Approaches

November 11th, 2018


Lets 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 …

Anxiety and Why Positive Self-Talk is Bullsh*t

October 21st, 2018


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 Success Stories Ep 1 - How Jackie Got Her Mojo Back

August 20th, 2018


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 …

The BIGGEST Panic/Anxiety Decision You MUST Make - What Nobody Wants To Hear

August 3rd, 2018


This is what nobody wants to hear when it comes to overcoming anxiety and panic related problems, because its the hard part. There’s a large scale commitment/decision you MUST make before you can start making real …

Dealing With Panic - The Critical Moment of Decision

July 31st, 2018


When panic strikes, we have a critical moment of decision. What will you do? How will you handle it? What is your plan? The decision we make at that …

How Can I Make My Family Understand My Anxiety?

February 24th, 2018


This is a topic I get asked about all the time, so lets talk about what to do when your anxiety has a negative impact on your relationships. How can you approach family members and friends to get them on board with …

About Agoraphobia – HHFYN Chap 8

January 15th, 2018


Holly and I discuss chapter 8 of the Claire Weekes book "Hope and Help For Your Nerves". Dr. Weekes explains agoraphobia and walks us through how to …

Cure of Recurring Nervous Attacks – Hope and Help For Your Nerves Chapter 7

November 26th, 2017


Holly and I discuss chapter 7 of Hope and Help For Your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes. This chapter really focuses on understanding that you are afraid …

Anxiety 101 – Episode 20 – Social Media and the Internet

November 21st, 2017


Social media and the Internet have had a major impact on those of us with anxiety disorders. In this episode Billy and I discuss different ways the Internet has influenced anxiety issues. We look at positive impacts, …

Hope and Help For Your Nerves – Ch 6 – Cure of The More Constant Symptoms

November 12th, 2017


Holly and I return for the next chapter of our series discussing "Hope and Help For Your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes. In this episode we discuss …

Anxiety 101 – Ep 19 – First Exposure Challenge

November 8th, 2017


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Lets take on our first 30 day exposure challenge. For the next 30 days, start by making a short list of activities you find challenging from an …

Where Will You Find Your Spark? – Anxiety 101 – Episode 18

October 31st, 2017


"Get busy living, or get busy dying." At some point in the journey to overcome anxiety issues, concepts and techniques and tips and tricks fall by the wayside and it becomes a matter of desire and drive and courage and …

Yes, My Anxiety Was As Bad As Yours – Anxiety 101 – Ep 17

October 25th, 2017


I've been asked many times over the years how bad my anxiety used to be. Yes, it was probably as bad as yours. In this episode of our Anxiety 101 series, I'll tell you all about it. Everything I've been through. The …

Anxiety 101 – Episode 16 – What Triggers Your Anxiety?

October 20th, 2017


What triggers your anxiety? Billy and I discuss anxiety triggers, how to identify your triggers, and what you can do about them. As usual, we answer listener questions near the end of the episode.

Anxiety 101 – Ep 15 – Exposure Therapy and the Need to Practice

October 10th, 2017


Following up on our initial talk about the basics of exposure therapy, Billy and talk about how repetition and practice are so important. We discuss …

Anxiety 101 – Ep 14 – Feeling Ill, Health Anxiety and Cognitive Tools

October 3rd, 2017


Billy and I were both a bit under the weather for this episode, so we thought a discussion of health anxiety and how illness impacts your anxiety was in order. We discuss health anxiety in general, our reactions when …

Anxiety 101 – Episode 13 – Exposure Therapy Basics and Expectations

September 28th, 2017


Today Billy and I talk about the basics of what exposure therapy is, how it fits into the overall scope of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and how its important to have proper expectations for what exposure can do for you. …

Anxiety 101 – Ep 12 – Panic Isn’t Always A Bad Thing

September 20th, 2017


A panic attack isn't always a bad thing. In fact, when you're doing exposure work and trying to learn how not to be afraid of panic and anxiety, having a panic attack is virtually a requirement at some point. Only be …

Anxiety 101 – Episode 11 – Viewer Questions and Answers

September 13th, 2017


Today Billy and I answer some of the most common questions we've received while doing the Anxiety 101 series. Did we answer your question? Tune in to find out!

Anxiety 101 – Episode 10 – The Impact of Lifestyle

September 12th, 2017


Lifestyle choices can influence your panic disorder positively or negatively. Eating a healthy diet can go a long way toward making you feel better …

Anxiety 101 – Episode 9 – Therapy and Professional Help

August 30th, 2017


Today Billy and I talk about the different types of therapy and professional help available for anxiety disorders both from a US and a UK perspective. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is hands down the most effective …

Anxiety 101 – Episode 08 – Finding the Root of the Problem

August 24th, 2017


Finding the causes of your panic attacks is a good thing, but not by itself. Stress, negative thinking, reactions to past traumas and emotional issues are just some of many possible panic and anxiety triggers. We’re all …

Anxiety 101 – Episode 7 – Theres NO Comfortable Way

August 15th, 2017


There is no comfortable way to recover from panic disorder. The very heart of recovery lies in learning not to be afraid of panic. The only way to do …

Anxiety 101 – Episode 6 – Reacting to Symptoms

August 9th, 2017


Learning to not fear how you feel is a huge part of truly overcoming your anxiety and panic issues. Its important to not react physically to the …

Anxiety 101 – Episode 05 – Avoiding Avoidance

July 18th, 2017


Lets talk about avoidance and safety behaviors and how they're a bad thing when it comes to dealing with anxiety and panic issues. Avoidance and safety rituals reinforce the mistaken belief that you need to be "saved" …

Anxiety 101 – Ep 04 – Coping Techniques

July 12th, 2017


Billy and I discuss the role of coping techniques in dealing with anxiety and panic issues. We touch on breathing, muscle relaxation and meditation …

Anxiety 101 – Ep 03 – The Fear Cycle – W/Anxiety United

June 27th, 2017


When it comes to anxiety, fear feeds the beast! We discuss the idea that symptoms and sensations are not anxiety. Rather, your reaction - the fear you create in your own head- fuels the cycle of anxiety.

Anxiety 101 – Ep 2 – No Real Danger w/Anxiety United

June 20th, 2017


Today Billy and I discuss the fact that the fear we feel when dealing with panic and anxiety is real, but the danger is not. There's no real danger underneath that fear. Understanding that this is false danger is a key …

Anxiety 101 – Ep 01 – An Introduction w/Billy from Anxiety United

June 16th, 2017


Lets look at the basics of recovering from anxiety, panic and agoraphobia related issues. First in a series. Billy (from Anxiety United) and I talk about the need to accept that the recovery process will include …

Why Does Exercise Make My Anxiety Worse? - Part 2

May 20th, 2017


Once you understand that exercise isn't really making things "worse", you can work on solving this common problem.  Lets review what's really going …

TAG024: Cure For The Commonest Type of Nervous Illness – HHFYN Chap 5

August 17th, 2016


Holly and I discuss chapter 5 of Hope and Help For Your Nerves. The cornerstone principles of Facing, Accepting, Floating and Letting Time Pass are …

TAG023: The Commonest Simplest Forms Of Nervous Illness – HHFYN Chap 4

August 8th, 2016


Holly and I go through chapter 4 of the Claire Weekes Hope and Help For Your Nerves book. This chapter is entitled "The Commonest Simplest Forms of …

What Is Nervous Breakdown – Hope and Help For Your Nerves - Chap 3

July 31st, 2016


In this episode Holly and I go through chapter 3 of the Claire Weekes Hope and Help For Your Nerves book. This chapter is entitled "What Is Nervous …

How Your Nervous System Works – Hope And Help For Your Nerves - Chap 2

July 6th, 2016


In this episode, Holly and I review chapter 2 of Claire Weekes' Hope and Help For Your Nerves. We discuss the fight or flight response, its …

The Power Within You - Hope And Help For Your Nerves - Chapter 1

June 26th, 2016


Holly and I review chapter 1 of Hope and Help For Your Nerves by Dr Claire Weekes.  This book is what I consider to be the gold standard when it …

What Does Exercise Make My Anxiety Worse? - Part 1

November 9th, 2015


For many dealing with anxiety and panic issues, exercise can be a real struggle because it may lead to INCREASED anxiety or even full-blown panic. …

Anxiety and Depersonalization – TAG018

July 16th, 2015


Depersonalization is one of the most disturbing and hard to grasp anxiety symptoms. If you're dealing with panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder or agoraphobia it really is just another anxiety symptom and we …

Anxiety and Derealization – TAG017

May 16th, 2015


The dissociative states - derealization and depersonalization - are possibly the most common yet misunderstood and under-discussed anxiety symptoms. …

Overcoming Anxiety: Don’t Be A Paper Tiger – TAG 016

May 10th, 2015


Confidence is essential when overcoming anxiety disorders but false confidence doesn't really help. Learn to walk the walk if you're gonna talk the talk!

Overcoming Anxiety: Do The Opposite – TAG015

May 3rd, 2015


Overcoming anxiety disorders often means doing the opposite of what your instincts are telling you to do. This is a challenge, but you can do it if you try.

Overcoming Anxiety Disorders – The Long And Winding Road – TAG014

April 26th, 2015


The path to overcoming anxiety disorders can be winding and unpredictable. Knowing what to expect and how to judge progress makes the process a bit easier.

Common Exposure Therapy Mistakes and Misconceptions – TAG013

April 19th, 2015


While many dealing with panic and anxiety have had success with exposure therapy, some call it ineffective. Often this is due to simple mistakes and misconceptions.

Why Is EVERYTHING A Panic Trigger? – TAG012

April 12th, 2015


For people dealing with panic disorder and agoraphobia, a common complaint is that virtually anything can be a panic trigger. There's a reason for that.

Overcoming Anxiety: The ACTIVE Process – TAG011

April 3rd, 2015


Recovery from anxiety, panic and agoraphobia is an ACTIVE process. Nothing will improve if you just wait passively, so lets go!

Anxiety Disorders and Relationships – TAG009

March 22nd, 2015


Understanding how our anxiety disorders impact our relationships and knowing what steps we can take to address that can help improve our situation.

Just The Facts Please – TAG008

March 15th, 2015


Facing your fear without fighting or fleeing is a skill that requires practice. Before we get started, we have to get into an objective frame of mind. Learning to assess your physical and mental state objectively - …

Anxiety And Panic - Check Your Body Language

March 15th, 2015


Your body language is a very strong indicator of how you're reacting to your anxiety symptoms.  Since our goal is to learn to be non-reactive and not …

Lets Make A Recovery Plan – TAG007

March 8th, 2015


Lets make an anxiety, panic and agoraphobia recovery plan. We'll lay out five general strategy points, then we'll put a broad action plan in place.

How Panic Attacks Become Panic Disorder – TAG006

March 1st, 2015


Panic disorder and panic attacks are related but different. How do panic attacks become panic disorder? Here's a hint: Its more cognitive than physical!

TAG005 – Tips on Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

February 23rd, 2015


Therapy for anxiety disorders is a not a generic thing. There are different types of therapies and not all are equal when it comes to anxiety …

TAG004 – The Power of Memory

February 20th, 2015


Memory has the power to trigger anxiety symptoms and sensations. Understanding this powerful process can go a long way toward helping you make …

TAG003 – Courage

March 3rd, 2014


Overcoming anxiety, panic and agoraphobia starts with the courage to face your fears. In this episode we talk about courage, why its so important, and how you can find it inside you.  You were born with all the courage …

TAG002 – Its Really NOT Okay

February 28th, 2014


Overcoming anxiety, panic and agoraphobia requires the motivation to be active in your recovery. In this episode we’ll look at how the motivation to begin your recovery derives from personal responsibility and accepting …

TAG001 – Anxiety Is Physical. Anxiety Disorders Are Cognitive.

February 27th, 2014


In this episode we’ll look at the difference between the physical nature of anxiety and the mental/cognitive nature of anxiety disorders. Understanding this concept and incorporating it into your approach to anxiety is …

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