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Everything you thought you knew about dealing with panic, anxiety and agoraphobia is probably wrong! The Anxious Truth will educate, empower and inspire you to get your life back! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

The Anxious Truth - REAL Help For Panic, Anxiety and Agoraphobia The Anxious Truth

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Everything you thought you knew about dealing with panic, anxiety and agoraphobia is probably wrong! The Anxious Truth will educate, empower and inspire you to get your life back! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theanxioustruth/support

    EP 127 - Accepting Anxiety Does NOT Mean Liking It

    EP 127 - Accepting Anxiety Does NOT Mean Liking It

    This is common misconception for many, and it's keeping some folks stuck!  When we talk about accepting anxiety as the path to recovery, and when we talk about surrendering to anxiety, we are not saying that you have to LIKE or LOVE your anxiety.  You do not.  If you've been struggling to find a way to like your anxiety because you think accepting and liking are the same thing, then this episode is for you.

    Of note is a discussion about people dealing with OCD and intrusive, obsessive, disturbing thoughts.  Acceptance in this case does NOT mean accepting that those thoughts are predictive of the future, will come true, or will represent who you are.  It can be scary for someone to accept intrusive thoughts for this reason, but accepting just means acknowledging that they are here and that fighting them has been fruitless.  Accepting is just a way of giving up the old ways of coping so that you can learn a new way that leads to freedom from the thing you hate - and will continue to hate  - so much.

    For full show notes on this episode visit https://theanxioustruth.com/127

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

    Music credit: "Afterglow" by Ben Drake with permission (https://facebook.com/BenDrakeMusic)




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    • 20 min
    EP 126 - Learning To Sit Still And Be Alone With Yourself

    EP 126 - Learning To Sit Still And Be Alone With Yourself

    Is your worst-case scenario being forced to sit quietly with your own thoughts and sensations?  Are you one of the many that declares that they are "OK" so long as they are up and about and occupied?  Learning to sit quietly with oneself is a challenge for many people, with or without anxiety.  For those recovering from an anxiety disorder, this presents a serious challenge, but a challenge that must be met on route to full recovery.

    (For full show notes on this episode visit https://theanxioustruth.com/126)

    It is well worth the time to solve this problem just like it is with all of your anxiety related problems.  First you learn that being quiet and still is NOT a catastrophe, then you learn how to use quiet/still time positively and productively.

    This is a hard thing to overcome and a hard thing to learn to do.  As always, you can do hard things.

    My social media or and other links:  https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    Music Credit: "Afterglow" by Ben Drake (with permission) - https://facebook.com/BenDrakeMusic




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    • 27 min
    EP 125 - Surgical/Medical Procedure Anxiety w/Dr. Frank Catanzaro

    EP 125 - Surgical/Medical Procedure Anxiety w/Dr. Frank Catanzaro

    For many, having to undergo a surgical or major medical procedure is "worst nightmare" territory anxiety-wise.  There are quite a few fears at play here.  Fear of being out of control.  Fear of being away from safe places and people.  Fear of sedation and anesthesia.  Fear of complication or problems cause by the procedure in question.  It can add up to an almost tragic level of avoidance in some cases, even when surgery or other medical procedures are critical to one's well being.

    Today I was joined by practicing anesthesiologist Dr. Frank Catanzaro. Dr. Catanzaro has been practicing for over 25 years in the Rochester, New York area and has encountered all these fears in his patients.  Frank was kind enough to take some time to share his knowledge and experience with us.

    Takeaways:

    1. EVERYBODY has anxiety or nervousness going into surgery or other major medical procedures.  Anesthesiologists and other healthcare providers encounter this situation all the time.  They are experienced in dealing with it.

    2. If you are worried or anxious because you're not sure how things are going to go, ASK.  Rather than playing the "what if" game in your head, speak your concern to your surgeon or other members of your healthcare team.  Dr. Catanzaro's team is always happy to answer patient questions to help ease anxiety and worry.  Odds are your team will be willing to do the same.

    3. Pre-surgical treatment with a benzo is EXTREMELY common.  This will likely be made available to you.  Take advantage of it. Taking a benzo to lower your pre-surgery anxiety level is NOT avoidance and will not lead to addiction in any way. Dr. Catanzaro explains how refusing that option may mean a more difficult recovery post-surgery, so do your best to trust your medical team to give you good information and use the tools available to you.

    4. Your anxiety and panic may change the parameters that your anesthesiologist will work within, but in the end even level 10 panic is no match for the medications used during surgery or other major medical procedures.  A common fear is being "stuck" between awake and sedated because of severe panic.  This does not happen.

    Thanks to Dr. Catanzaro for taking the time to discuss this with us today!

    For full show notes on this episode visit https://theanxioustruth.com/125

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

    Intro/Outro Music Credit:

    "Afterglow" by Ben Drake (https://facebook.com/BenDrakeMusic) with permission


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    • 27 min
    EP 124 - You Can Recover No Matter How Long You've Suffered

    EP 124 - You Can Recover No Matter How Long You've Suffered

    I often here people saying that recovery becomes harder - or even impossible - if you've suffered too long with your anxiety problems.  This is simply not true.  In this podcast episode let's take a look at why this is a misconception that you're going to have to leave behind. There are three main reasons why you can recover no matter how long you've suffered.

    1. Anxiety disorders are not progressive degenerative diseases that take away your physical or mental abilities over time.  If you're thinking of it that way, you're wrong and need to drop that notion.

    2. The past does not predict or govern the future.  You are not powerless.  If you begin to make new choices and engage in new behaviors and reactions, new things can and will happen.  Just because you've done a thing for 20 years does not prevent you from doing a different thing tomorrow.

    3. You have not been digging an infinitely deep hole all this time.  The hole got as deep as it was going to get early on.  Now you're just jumping in and out of it.  It's always the same hole, so your climb is no longer now than it was 10 years ago.  You just have to stop jumping back in.

    For full show notes on this episode go to https://theanxioustruth.com/124

    My social media and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    My books: https://theanxioustruth.com/books

    Closing music: "Afterglow" by Ben Drake (https://facebook.com/BenDrakeMusic) with permission.






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    • 27 min
    EP 123 - Holly's Benzodiazepine Anxiety Experience

    EP 123 - Holly's Benzodiazepine Anxiety Experience

    Holly is back in this episode, sharing her long experience using benzos as part of her anxiety management strategy.  Holly shares how she started on benzos, what her doctor told her, and how she actually did use them.  We talk about "as needed" use, daily use, dependency (addiction), effectiveness, and how the use of benzos interferes with learning recovery lessons.  Holly shares her recovery story and how we gradually stopped taking benzos altogether after many years of use. 

    This is a topic that I know many want me to cover in greater detail. It seemed that this was a good first step in that direction.

    Please note that neither Holly nor I are medical professionals.  NEVER make changes to your medication without consulting your doctor(s) and NEVER just stop taking benzodiazepines on your own. 

    For full show notes please visit https://theanxioustruth.com/123

    My social media and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    My books: https://theanxioustruth.com/books




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    • 49 min
    EP 122- Thoughts, Memories, Sleep, Depression, Parenting and My Story - Listener Q&A Part 2

    EP 122- Thoughts, Memories, Sleep, Depression, Parenting and My Story - Listener Q&A Part 2

    In this episode I answer listener questions about:


    Returning to "normal".
    Handling thoughts, memories and emotions.
    Parenting issues in recovery.
    Sleep anxiety.
    My own progress in recovery and my issues with coming off medications.

    For full show notes on this episode, go to https://theanxioustruth.com/122

    My social media and other links:  https://theanxioustruth.com/links




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I’m 28 years old and about a week ago I experienced a panic attack for the first time. I live a relatively stress free life otherwise so this experience left me incredibly shaken and extremely worried about what exactly it was, why it happened and if it would ever happen again. Since then I have been on edge and my anxiety has been at an all time high until I discovered this podcast. Long story short discovering this podcast in urgent need of understanding has changed my life. I am thankful for this man and his wanting to help people who are struggling. You are not alone, even if you are experiencing this stuff for the first time.

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Listening to these episodes makes me feel way less alone. I especially appreciate your recent episode on medical/surgical procedures and the heightened anxiety that goes along with it. I struggle hard core with medical settings and this episode gave me perspective. Thank you!

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