37 episodes

Joshua is the author of best-selling books on anxiety, a previous sufferer and a qualified psychotherapist. Co-hosted by Canadian singer, producer, and amateur linguist Ella Jean, The Panic Pod is a discussion-based podcast offering bite-sized practical advice on managing anxiety. It is also an opportunity to illuminate what medical and academic spheres know about anxiety to discuss it in a way that you can take to the pub.

Joshua is a fully qualified Psychotherapist and runs a private counselling practice based in Manchester called The Panic Room.

talk@thepanicroom.co.uk

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 43 Ratings

Joshua is the author of best-selling books on anxiety, a previous sufferer and a qualified psychotherapist. Co-hosted by Canadian singer, producer, and amateur linguist Ella Jean, The Panic Pod is a discussion-based podcast offering bite-sized practical advice on managing anxiety. It is also an opportunity to illuminate what medical and academic spheres know about anxiety to discuss it in a way that you can take to the pub.

Joshua is a fully qualified Psychotherapist and runs a private counselling practice based in Manchester called The Panic Room.

talk@thepanicroom.co.uk

    Episode 35: Emetophobia feat. Kimberley Quinlan

    Episode 35: Emetophobia feat. Kimberley Quinlan

    This episode is funny and empowering. Some of the subject matter can be shocking for people with emetophobia, but ultimately the goal is graduation from exposure, as Kimberley will explain.

    Emetophobia is a clinical term which describes an extreme fear around vomit or nausea. As Kimberley says, “nobody likes to vomit,” but this phobic behaviour can cause anxiety in people's lives which can present different behaviours. It can even stop someone from doing things they love for fear it might make them vomit or be around people who vomit. Even if this isn’t something you think you are affected by, have a listen to this episode and you might learn something new about anxiety through this interview with Kimberley Quinn.

    And check out her podcast! Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast 

    You can find her on instagram as @kimberleyquinlan

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    • 39 min
    Episode 34: Existential Anxiety

    Episode 34: Existential Anxiety

    Wondering about why we’re here, how planet Earth exists and how much of a miracle life is are normal thoughts for us to have from time to time. However, if you have existential anxiety, these thoughts can trigger an anxious response; sweaty palms, shallow breathing, tunnel vision, tinnitus, and other anxious behaviours.

    For people with conventional anxiety, leaning into hard feelings is easier. When you’re in the midst of an anxiety disorder, you have to have a different approach. Being confident in the ability to mindfully detach from anxiety isn’t always available for people with GAD (generalised anxiety disorder). You have to be confident ruminating on those thoughts and know it won’t lead to a panic attack.

    For some, the answer may be dismissing these intrusive thoughts with, “This is not the time to think about this. This is not the time to go down that hole.”

    Picking the time and place to have existential conversations can help to dive into heavy topics as an anxious person. Welcoming those thoughts in versus feeling them as intrusive thoughts are very different experiences. We hope this episode helps you understand existential anxiety more!  Reach out to us at talk@thepanicroom.co.uk

    Check out Josh's new book Untangle Your Anxiety.

    Follow us on instagram @thepanicpod

    • 35 min
    Episode 33: Mental Health Anxiety

    Episode 33: Mental Health Anxiety

    In this episode, Joshua and Ella discuss when panic disorder is centred around the fear of developing a serious mental health problem. This is referred to as Mental Health Anxiety.

    The pattern of mental health anxiety is the disorder of mental health anxiety. Seeing thoughts for what they are (mere, passing thoughts) and remembering that “What If”s can’t lead you towards further anxiety or depression are important things to note when one feels they are in a pattern of mental health anxiety (the fear of developing mental health problems).

    Ella has a realisation when she says that the pattern that we fall into with mental health anxiety is doing something to compensate for the feeling of control that we desire. Sometimes we fabricate control which eventually drives us towards disorder.

    Things we talked about:

    Josh’s New Book! Untangling Your Anxiety by Joshua Fletcher and Dean Stott

    Brene Brown - Daring Greatly (book)

    Krista Tippett - On Being Podcast Episode “What’s Happening in Our Nervous Systems?”



    We appreciate you leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to this podcast. Thanks for listening to the Panic Pod! Reach out to us: talk@thepanicroom.co.uk or @thepanicpod on facebook and instagram.

    • 33 min
    Episode 32: Attention feat. The Anxious Truth

    Episode 32: Attention feat. The Anxious Truth

    In this episode Josh asks the question "where is your attention at?" and talks about the importance of attention with special guest, Drew Linsalata of The Anxious Truth. They draw upon some great analogies to help you understand why attention is important and what you can do with it when you're anxious and also when you're not!

    • 34 min
    Episode 31: Body Scanning vs. Body Awareness

    Episode 31: Body Scanning vs. Body Awareness

    It helps to remove yourself and re-centre for a moment before you start mentally justifying why you are anxious.

    There’s a lot of wellness narrative around “listening to your body” but when we’re experiencing disordered anxiety then somatic experiencing isn’t easy. Say you’re at therapy and your therapist is trying to get you to notice what some subtle sensations in the body are telling you about how you feel talking about something. A chronically anxious person may have to respond with, “As much as I’m trying to do what you say, I’d like to experience my body when my anxious response isn’t firing at all cylinders with cortisol and adrenaline.”

    Not trying to deter anyone from slowing down and listening to their body, this conversation between Ella and Josh attempts to unpick where “body scanning” and “mindfully assessing the body” are two very different activities for people with chronic anxiety - when the body is in a hyper-aroused state, body scanning (where one assesses their own physical comfort for harm) tends to replace a mindful examination of the internal sensations we all experience. Josh’s advice is to catch and notice your nervous compulsions before you try to notice other sensations in the body.

    Things we talked about:

    Dr. Clare Weeks Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8Id8tkvdzc

    Untangle Your Anxiety - by Joshua Fletcher and Dean Stott: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08YQM9SPY/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_5T7W0A04NN4NGGDTX8QB

    We appreciate you leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to this podcast. Thanks for listening to the Panic Pod! Reach out to us: talk@thepanicroom.co.uk or @thepanicpod on facebook and instagram.

    • 36 min
    Episode 30: Comfortable with being Uncomfortable ft. Ben Aldridge

    Episode 30: Comfortable with being Uncomfortable ft. Ben Aldridge

    In this episode Josh is joined by special guest, Ben Aldridge, who is the author of the popular book, How to be Comfortable with being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird and Wonderful ways to build a strong and resilient mindset.

    Josh and Ben discuss how being uncomfortable can push us through to feelings of empowerment and freedom, particular from the clutches of anxiety disorders. Ben shares some absolutely fascinating achievements he has done, too (which are really quite inspiring).

    Josh on Instagram is @anxietyjosh

    Ben on Instagram is @dothingsthatchallengeyou www.benaldridge.com

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

niropi ,

Life changing

Ever since I’ve begun listening to Panic Pod my anxiety has subsided, confidence has shot up, the inner critic significantly reduced and my overall life has been worth living despite anxiety still being a present thing.
Thanks for this life saving podcast x

Luellab18 ,

Life changing

I challenge anyone with anxiety to not have more clarity and less fear after listening to this! Thankyou Josh and Ella for making this podcast

BadgerHarvey ,

Great discovery !

Bumped into anxiety josh Instagram page and discovered this podcast shortly after !

It’s helping me buckets to understand about my anxieties and to cope with life better !

Ella and Josh are such a great listening !

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