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There are people who understand depression and anxiety on a personal level and there are people who understand depression and anxiety on a medical level. There are relatively few people who understand both, and I’m one of them. As a clinical psychologist I have a doctorate degree and thousands of hours of professional experience providing treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. I also have 39 years of personal experience managing mood and anxiety disorders as I myself deal with these struggles. This podcast is my attempt to synthesize my personal knowledge with my professional knowledge. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scott-eilers/support

The Psychology of Depression and Anxiety - Dr. Scott Eilers Scott Eilers

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

There are people who understand depression and anxiety on a personal level and there are people who understand depression and anxiety on a medical level. There are relatively few people who understand both, and I’m one of them. As a clinical psychologist I have a doctorate degree and thousands of hours of professional experience providing treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. I also have 39 years of personal experience managing mood and anxiety disorders as I myself deal with these struggles. This podcast is my attempt to synthesize my personal knowledge with my professional knowledge. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scott-eilers/support

    You Can’t Be Growing All The Time

    You Can’t Be Growing All The Time

    Life doesn't always involve constant growth - it has dormant phases too.



    We sometimes experience events that halt progress unexpectedly, invisibly.Trauma, resource scarcity can end growing seasons prematurely.



    Like trees, grass, we aren't fragile for needing dormant periods occasionally. Unseen circumstances dictate when growth stalls, despite others' journeys. Don't judge the pause as failure - it's natural cycles.



    Get Practical tools for navigating life with depression and anxiety, delivered weekly⁠.
    ⁠Sleep better, without pills (partner I believe in)⁠
    ⁠My book: For When Everything is Burning⁠



    Mood Bloom games for depression and anxiety(I have partnered with this brand):


    ⁠iOS ⁠
    ⁠Android⁠




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    ⁠Therapy with me (Iowa residents only)⁠
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    Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a replacement for receiving treatment. It is purely educational in nature. My relationship with you is that of presenter and audience, not therapist and client.

    But I do care.

    00:00 - Periods of Stagnation: When Personal Growth Stalls

    01:35 - Human Growth and Dormancy cycles

    04:12 - How struggles can prematurely end a period of growth through no personal failing.

    08:02 - Humans can overcome stagnation with the right conditions/resources.

    11:17 - Self-Compassion for Dormant Growth Periods


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    • 14 min
    Why You Do Amazing, Then Fall Apart Sometimes

    Why You Do Amazing, Then Fall Apart Sometimes

    Would you describe your life as a rollercoaster?
    This probably looks like sustained periods where you're extremely high-functioning and then prolonged periods where you struggle to do even the most basic functions.



    Most people suffering from depression and anxiety experience this to some degree. If this is you, you're probably like me, a "high ceiling, low floor" person - highly functional sometimes, unable to do basics at others.



    I'm sharing the 3 keys that help me move through the lows - and highs - for more consistent functionality.




    Get Practical tools for navigating life with depression and anxiety, delivered weekly⁠.


    ⁠Sleep better, without pills (partner I believe in)⁠
    ⁠My book: For When Everything is Burning⁠



    Mood Bloom games for depression and anxiety(I have partnered with this brand):


    ⁠iOS ⁠
    ⁠Android⁠




    ⁠Connect with me on TikTok:
    Connect on Instagram
    ⁠Therapy with me (Iowa residents only)⁠
    ⁠Work with me (Non-Iowa residents)


    Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a replacement for receiving treatment. It is purely educational in nature. My relationship with you is that of presenter and audience, not therapist and client.

    But I do care.


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scott-eilers/support

    • 15 min
    How To Change The Channel In Your Mind

    How To Change The Channel In Your Mind

    Trying to replace negative thoughts with positive ones rarely works for your mental wellbeing. Your brain perceives threat and warns you by replaying those thoughts. Fighting this impulse makes your mind cling tighter.

    I'm laying out an effective retraining technique. No more fruitless thought struggles - you'll gain control.

    Get Practical tools for navigating life with depression and anxiety, delivered weekly⁠.

    ⁠Sleep better, without pills (partner I believe in)⁠

    ⁠My book: For When Everything is Burning⁠



    Mood Bloom games for depression and anxiety(I have partnered with this brand):

    ⁠iOS ⁠

    ⁠Android⁠



    Connect with me on TikTok:

    Connect on Instagram



    ⁠Therapy with me (Iowa residents only)⁠

    ⁠Work with me (Non-Iowa residents)

    Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a replacement for receiving treatment. It is purely educational in nature. My relationship with you is that of presenter and audience, not therapist and client.

    But I do care.

    0:00 - The Lie About Overcoming Negative Thoughts
    2:15 - Why Positive Thinking Backfires
    4:32 - The Five Core Organizers
    7:48 - Changing the Channel in Your Mind
    11:03 - Engaging Your Other "Advisors"
    14:27 - Using Physical Movement to Shift Focus
    17:51 - Mastering the Channel Changing Technique


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    • 13 min
    Please Let There Be A Purpose To All This Pain

    Please Let There Be A Purpose To All This Pain

    Life doesn't always make sense, not all pain has a purpose - and this reality can hurt. This frustrated me for years.

    While not all pain leads to something positive, I want to offer a perspective that can help you avoid falling into deeper levels of despair. I call this technique, 'The Web.'

    Get Practical tools for navigating life with depression and anxiety, delivered weekly⁠.

    ⁠Sleep better, without pills (partner I believe in)⁠

    ⁠My book: For When Everything is Burning⁠

    Mood Bloom games for depression and anxiety(I have partnered with this brand):

    ⁠iOS ⁠

    ⁠Android⁠

    ⁠Connect with me on TikTok:

    Connect on Instagram

    ⁠Therapy with me (Iowa residents only)⁠

    ⁠Work with me (Non-Iowa residents)

    Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a replacement for receiving treatment. It is purely educational in nature. My relationship with you is that of presenter and audience, not therapist and client.

    But I do care.


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scott-eilers/support

    • 17 min
    The Person I Want To Be Doesn’t Exist

    The Person I Want To Be Doesn’t Exist

    Society expects everyone to fit into predetermined molds, but that's not realistic. There is no "normal" path meant for everyone.

    Get Practical tools for navigating life with depression and anxiety, delivered weekly.

    Sleep better, without pills (partner I believe in)

    My book: For When Everything is Burning

    Mood Bloom games for depression and anxiety (I have partnered with this brand):
    iOS

    Android

    Connect with me on TikTok

    Therapy with me (Iowa residents only)

    Work with me (Non-Iowa residents)



    0:00 - The Person I Want To Be Doesn't Exist

    2:15 - Searching for a Path That Fits

    5:28 - The Delusion of a Secret Society

    8:40 - Accepting There Is No Preset Path

    11:25 - Finding Peace in My Uniqueness

    14:10 - Crafting a Customized Life

    17:35 - Embracing Your Distinctive Identity

    Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a replacement for receiving treatment. It is purely educational in nature. My relationship with you is that of presenter and audience, not therapist and client.

    But I do care.


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scott-eilers/support

    • 13 min
    4 things you should never say to someone who is struggling (and what to say instead)

    4 things you should never say to someone who is struggling (and what to say instead)

    There's an epidemic of unhelpful responses when someone opens up about their struggles. My take: Most well-meaning people inadvertently make things worse because they simply don't know what to say.



    When we see loved ones suffering, it triggers distress in us too. Our instinct is to quickly make their pain go away, for our sake as much as theirs. But rushing them through emotions or invalidating their fexelings creates isolation.



    I want to look at four common unhelpful responses, and give you some new tools to use. These tools also apply to your self-talk - be your own supportive friend.

    Get Practical tools for navigating life with depression and anxiety, delivered weekly.
    https://mailchi.mp/90ccaf44c876/self-hope-psychology


    Get better sleep, naturally https://bit.ly/SleepResetQuiz (Partner link, but I believe in them)

    My book: For When Everything is Burning
    https://bit.ly/forwheneverythingisburning

    Mood Bloom games for depression and anxiety (I have partnered with this brand):
    iOS
    https://apps.apple.com/il/app/mood-bloom-therapeutic-game/id6449717065?mt=8
    Android
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hedonia.bloom.mood&hl=en_US&gl=US&pli=1

    Connect with me on TikTok:
    https://www.tiktok.com/@dr.scott.eilers

    Therapy with me (Iowa residents only)
    http://www.northstarpsychcenter.com/

    Work with me (Non-Iowa residents)
    http://www.drscotteilers.com/

    Disclaimer: This content is not intended to be a replacement for receiving treatment. It is purely educational in nature. My relationship with you is that of presenter and audience, not therapist and client.

    But I do care.


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    Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scott-eilers/support

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

collyburl ,

A unique gem of a podcast

A super helpful podcast. Refreshingly unique and accessible mental health guidance and advice from Dr Scott - he’s truly been through the darkest and hardest times in his own lived experience of mental illness. This paired with his mental health professional training makes this a must listen. I’m really thankful for this gem of a podcast as it has given me so much practical help for my own life and more importantly a big dose of hope!

ballarat2020 ,

Highly recommend!

This podcast is really relatable and the content is delivered in a meaningful way, where you know it is coming from lived experiences as well as professional knowledge. Starting on my journey to understanding and working through my mental health struggles, listening to this podcast is uplifting and gives me a sense of hope.

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