192 episodes

Struggling with panic attacks, agoraphobia, or other anxiety problems? The Anxious Truth will educate you, empower you, encourage you, and inspire you to get your life back! Listen to the podcast, read the books, join the social media community, and get on the path to recovery.

The Anxious Truth - A Panic, Anxiety, and Mental Health Podcast Drew Linsalata

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Struggling with panic attacks, agoraphobia, or other anxiety problems? The Anxious Truth will educate you, empower you, encourage you, and inspire you to get your life back! Listen to the podcast, read the books, join the social media community, and get on the path to recovery.

    EP 190 - Why Is Anxiety Recovery So Damn Hard?

    EP 190 - Why Is Anxiety Recovery So Damn Hard?

    “I know what I’m supposed to do, but it’s just so hard to do it!” Am too broken or too weak?

    No. You are not broken or too weak. This is a difficult process. I say all the time that recovery is a simple plan, but that plan is very hard to execute. Let’s look at the two main reasons why this is such a hard road to travel.

    Why is recovery so damn hard?

    There are many reasons that all come together to make the process of recovery from an anxiety issue as hard as it is. In this episode, let's focus on what I think are the big two. These are the primary reasons why recovery can be so challenging.

    1. Humans HATE Fear and Discomfort

    I’m not telling you anything you don’t know here. The bad news is that recovery requires that we intentionally and repeatedly move into a state of fear and discomfort.

    2. Recovery Experiences Are NOT Conducive To Forming Good Habits

    When we compare experiences that help build strong habits, and experiences that help us toward recovery, they are polar opposites. Recovery experiences - being afraid and uncomfortable on purpose - are more well suited to the inhibition or blocking of good habit forming. We don’t like to have negative experiences (see reason one above), and we sure as hell don’t want to repeat them when we have them. So there's almost nothing about intentionally creating panic or near panic that sounds encouraging in terms of forming productive recovery habits.

    FOR FULL SHOW NOTES ON THIS EPISODE:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/190

    MY BOOKS, SOCIAL, and OTHER LINKS:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    SUPPORT MY WORK

    https://theanxioustruth.com/support

    MUSIC CREDIT: 

    AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission)

    https://bendrakemusic.com

    • 26 min
    EP 189 - How To Slay Your Anxiety Dragon in 2022 (In 27,000 small steps)

    EP 189 - How To Slay Your Anxiety Dragon in 2022 (In 27,000 small steps)

    Everyone wants to "overcome anxiety" in 2022.  Totally doable, but we do not slay this dragon in one epic swing of a sword. This is a journey of small steps that add up.

    Recovery is granular. It happens in small bits as the result of small changes and small individual experiences that add up over time. Recovery does not come in giant leaps and broad sweeps. Successful recovery is very much about starting small, being incremental and being consistent.  Really, recovery is about developing strong recovery HABITS.

    Let’s look at five small anxiety recovery habits you can work on to start the new year.

    For full show notes on this episode:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/189

    My books, social media, and other links:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    Music Credit:

    AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission)

    https://bendrakemusic.com

    • 27 min
    EP 188 - The Anxious Morning Podcast/Newsletter Launches Jan 3, 2022!

    EP 188 - The Anxious Morning Podcast/Newsletter Launches Jan 3, 2022!

    The Anxious Morning is a project I've been working on for about a year.  On January 3, the first edition of The Anxious Morning will hit the street, and the airwaves!

    For all the ways to listen or to subscribe free to the email newsletter, visit https://theanxiousmorning.com

    My goal with this project is to give you a more in-depth discussion of important anxiety and recovery topics that you can consume outside the chaos and algorithm madness that is the endless social media scroll.  Subscribe free to The Anxious Morning email newsletter and have everything dropped in your inbox each weekday morning.  Follow The Anxious Morning podcast on your favorite podcast app and listen to each episode as you start your day.

    These will be little 300-500 word newsletters and 3-5 minute podcast episodes that you can consume when in a quiet time, reflect on, then hopefully use as you go forward in your day.  I'll share some of my own stories, we'll go over recovery tips and techniques, I'll give you things to think about and work in, and I'll do my best to educate, encourage and empower you on your journey.

    I've always wanted to do a little morning "show" this way, and I love to write, so this is the best of both worlds, and hopefully a win/win for you and me.

    Join me in launching The Anxious Morning and making it a success.

    Thank you as always for your continued support and enthusiasm for my work.

    • 5 min
    EP 187 - MATTER over MIND

    EP 187 - MATTER over MIND

    Recovery is based so much on intentionally doing things that are scary and difficult.  This concept is often interpreted as being a “mind over matter” thing.  While I understand the spirit and intention of this interpretation, is it quite incorrect and can actually be counterproductive. In reality, recovery is the exact opposite. Recovery is about allowing MATTER (reality) to take precedence over MIND.

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    For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/187

    My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    Support The Anxious Truth with a small donation: https://theanxioustruth.com/donate

    Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com

    • 16 min
    EP 186 - Moving Away From Fear Toward A Value-Driven Life

    EP 186 - Moving Away From Fear Toward A Value-Driven Life

    When gripped by an anxiety disorder, much of life is dictated and driven by fear.  We make our choices and our decisions based on what we fear in an effort to avoid feeling the things we do not want to feel. When we work to build a new relationship with our anxiety, and we learn to no longer fear it, our lives become less about fear and more about what we truly value.  The process of recovery is in many ways a march from a fear-driven life to a value-driven life.

    For full show notes on this episode: 

    https://theanxioustruth.com/186  

    My books, social, and other links: 

    https://theanxioustruth.com/links  

    Support The Anxious Truth with a small donation: 

    https://theanxioustruth.com/donate  

    Music Credit: AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission) 

    https://bendrakemusic.com

    • 22 min
    EP 185 - Finding Happiness Again Step-By-Step

    EP 185 - Finding Happiness Again Step-By-Step

    "Why can't I feel happiness and joy?!?!?!"

    This question gets asked all the time.  It's a question I am personally quite familiar with.  When we are in the middle of the recovery process, still in the grips of anxiety and fear, we often find that we are unable to experience feelings of happiness, joy, or gratitude, at least not the way we think we should be experiencing them. But really, this is not a matter of being unable to feel happy.  This is really a perception problem, and a patience problem.  We often carry a somewhat distorted and unrealistically high expectation of what "happy" is supposed to feel like and how often we should feel it.  Then we want so badly to feel happy and joyful in contrast to how we feel when we suffer, that we forget that the path to happiness is an incremental path that requires patience.

    For full show notes on this episode:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/185

    My books, social and other links:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    MUSIC CREDIT:

    AfterGlow by Ben Drake (with permission)

    https://bendrakemusic.com

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Jonop55 ,

Life changing

Drew’s style and approach has changed my life, the best anxiety podcast out there!

SpookyScooter ,

Spot on!

I’m listening to Drew’s podcast, while on my 8km walk. Alone! Three weeks ago I could barely go around the block. Drew’s understanding of anxiety, panic disorder, health anxiety, body sensations are spot on! I feel much more educated on what is going on in my body and my brain and to stop catastrophising and start living. Thank you Drew ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Froyo5 ,

Most helpful podcast out there on the topic

Drew has such a firm grasp on anxiety and panic, having been there himself and overcome

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