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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 Drew Linsalata

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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 184 - Learning To Live Recklessly (But Not Really)

    EP 184 - Learning To Live Recklessly (But Not Really)

    Why on Earth am I talking about living recklessly? Most of us would agree that being reckless involves intentionally doing dangerous things and being somewhat responsible. Let’s take a few minutes to relate that to the process of anxiety recovery. And no, I am not going to teach you how to be truly reckless. It might just feel that way.

    When we do the hard and scary recovery things that we’re always talking about, that often feels really dangerous. You resist that for two reasons. First, nobody wants to do difficult scary things. This is just human nature. But you may also resist this recovery principle an entirely different level as well. You may resist this because intentionally doing scary and difficult things may FEEL IRRESPONSIBLE, DANGEROUS, AND RECKLESS.

    In many ways, the process of recovery actually feels like living irresponsibly and recklessly for many of us. We're not truly doing dangerous things. But when we stop trying to save ourselves from the perceived but false threats and disasters of disordered anxiety, that often feels very wrong. That feels dangerous. That feels irresponsible. That feels reckless. When we engage in the practice of exposure, non-reactivity to fear, and disengaging from the maladaptive thinking habits that fuel conditions like GAD, we may truly feel like we are being reckless.

    In this light, the process of recovery can be very much an exercise in learning to live recklessly, even if it really isn’t.


    For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/184
    My books, social, and other links: https://theanxioustruth.com/links
    MUSIC CREDIT: "AfterGlow" by Ben Drake (with permission) https://bendrakemusic.com


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    EP 183 - Revisiting Positive Self-Talk

    EP 183 - Revisiting Positive Self-Talk

    Positive self-talk is awesome. But not in the way you may think. When I tell people that positive self-talk is b******t, I mean that it does not belong in your arsenal in the heat of the moment when experiencing that high anxiety spike or a panic attack. Positive self-talk, mantras and affirmations are great as a setup tool BEFORE things get rough for you. Use them when calm.  Use them when getting yourself ready to do hard things. But ritualizing positive self-talk as a safety behavior when in the grips of panic is a bad idea and isn't terribly effective anyway.

    For full show notes on this episode:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/183

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    https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    MUSIC CREDIT:

    "AfterGlow" by Ben Drake (with permission)

    https://bendrakemusic.com


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    • 21 min
    EP 182 - Meeting Multiple Challenges At The Same Time: A Success Story

    EP 182 - Meeting Multiple Challenges At The Same Time: A Success Story

    "BUT WHAT IF THERE ARE REAL HEALTH ISSUES OR LIFE CHALLENGES????"

    This is a question I get asked all the time.  In this week's episode, we find some inspiration and encouragement from the awesome Jessica Sidener. Jessica is an inspiring example of a real human that was forced to handle two of the most stressful events imaginable at the same time. Jessica not only managed to get through it all intact, but she also turned her experience into something positive in the world. When you are sure that your anxiety struggles are too much, or if you're dealing with anxiety alongside other problems, Jessica's story will provide hope and inspiration that we all need sometimes.

    For full show notes on this episode:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/182

    My books, social media, and other links:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    MUSIC CREDIT:

    "AfterGlow" by Ben Drake (with permission)

    https://bendrakemusic.com


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    • 33 min
    EP 181 - What Are Coping Skills, And Do We Want Them?

    EP 181 - What Are Coping Skills, And Do We Want Them?

    Coping skills. This is a term heard every day in mental health circles when trying to get a handle on anxiety problems. But what are coping skills? What are they designed to do? Do we really want or need them?

    Traditionally, the most common coping skills are all targeted at helping you escape the discomfort, fear and distress of anxiety. They may try to distract you, "ground" you, or help you find assistance from people that will help you get away from the anxiety or panic situation. They are offered with the best of intentions, but special evasive maneuvers designed to get you out of an anxious state or to help you "make it" through another panic attack are not really the best options when it comes to long term, durable recovery.

    For full show notes on this episode:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/181

    My books, social media, and other links:

    https://theanxioustruth.com/links

    MUSIC CREDIT:

    "AfterGlow" by Ben Drake (with permission)

    https://bendrakemusic.com


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    • 18 min
    EP 180 - Are You Trying To Recover BEFORE Recovery?

    EP 180 - Are You Trying To Recover BEFORE Recovery?

    One of the more common mistakes, especially in early recovery, is trying to actually reach a recovered state before you do the recovery work. If you're trying to figure out a way to not be afraid so that you can start your recovery, you're putting the cart before the horse. If you're hoping that you'll find some magic words that will make all this hard stuff "click" so you can get started, you're doing it backwards.

    You must do the recovery things first, then you "get it.” It "clicks" after you do the work. And you must do the work of recovery WHILE AFRAID in order to ultimately not be afraid.

    If you could find a way to not be afraid first, then there would be no need to recover. You'd already be there!



    For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/180

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

    Music Credit

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    "Afterglow" by Ben Drake (with permission)

    https://bendrakemusic.com


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    • 16 min
    EP 179 - Recovery Principles Or Recovery Instructions?

    EP 179 - Recovery Principles Or Recovery Instructions?

    While you may want to ask for specific instructions on exactly what to do to feel better right now, this is not always the best approach to recovery in the long term.

    Asking for instructions can become a bit frustrating and overwhelming as you find yourself returning again and again for instructions based on today's thought, sensation, or specific fear.  Focusing on understanding and applying the concepts and principles of recovery is a better approach that leads to longer lasting and more durable results.

    Knowing the principles of anxiety and recovery means that you no longer need specific instructions for every situation.  Instead, you become better equipped to stand on your own as you successfully navigate through previously "impossible" situations. Learning and applying principles allows you to give your brain the productive experiences it needs to move down the path to recovery.

    For full show notes on this episode: https://theanxioustruth.com/179

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



    Music Credit

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    "Afterglow" by Ben Drake (with permission)

    https://bendrakemusic.com


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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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564 Ratings

564 Ratings

sophialofie-a ,

AMAZING !!! i recommend to everyone i know

this podcast is a literal life saver. there have been so many experiences with panic ans anxiety that i’ve had that i thought no one could relate to, such as with intrusive thoughts or fears of going insane or fears of being alone, etc. drew hits the nail on the head every time and says all the right things. i’ve never felt so seen and been so hopeful. his podcasts always calm me down and give me a better perspective. you’re changing lives drew !!! thank you so much for all you do ❤️

Molly.smom ,

This podcast really can help….

You just have to learn to apply what Drew advises based on what he has learned through his own life as well as extensive research.
My biggest anxiety issue is health anxiety. Anyone who deals with that will tell you that there isn’t a lot out there to help with it. This is the first podcast I have heard that actually has an episode specifically dealing with health anxiety. For me, that is HUGE. He truly hit the nail on the head!
Drew has a very down to earth approach. It’s like talking to a friend who tells you what you need to hear.

lacytr ,

My absolute favorite podcast to listen to!

I truly appreciate Drew’s wisdom and him sharing his real life experience with anxiety. I can never put into words just how thankful I am to have found this podcast. It has helped me TREMENDOUSLY.

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