That Anxiety Guy - REAL Help For Panic, Anxiety and Agoraphobia

That Anxiety Guy - REAL Help For Panic, Anxiety and Agoraphobia
Everything you thought you knew about dealing with panic, anxiety and agoraphobia is wrong! That Anxiety Guy will educate, empower and inspire you to get your life back!

Sunday Night Anxiety Q&A - July 7, 2019
Jul 8 • 19 min
Q&A from my Facebook group including questions about dizziness, driving, doctor visits, airports, neck spasms, anticipatory anxiety and exposure mechanics. Thanks to Jay, Connie, Charli, Julie, Clay and Marie-Anne for calling in! Join the Facebook group -…
Dealing With Anticipatory Anxiety
Jul 5 • 14 min
Anticipatory anxiety isn’t a special or different kind of anxiety. It’s not a mysterious external force over which you have no control. Let’s define it, break it down, and look at ways of moving through anticipatory anxiety so you can get to the work that…
You Do NOT Have To Follow Every Thought You Have!
Jun 25 • 28 min
Many people are under the false impression that they must honor, follow and engage deeply with every thought they have. This is simply not true. When dealing with both anxiety and trauma issues, your thoughts can often be your enemy. Listening to…
Finding Your Power Even In The Darkest Moments - w/Monique Koven
Jun 18 • 24 min
If you’re in the grips of anxiety, panic, agoraphobia or PTSD you may feel powerless and incapable of doing what needs to be done to change things. This isn’t true. Monique and I talk about how you have power and control even in the darkest moments. You…
Anxiety Help - You Are NOT Responsible For The Happiness of Others (with Monique Koven)
Jun 4 • 24 min
Do you worry that your anxiety problems are going to “ruin everything” for your friends and family? Being worried about letting people down or ruining things can seriously stand in the way of taking the steps you need to take to build a better life. I’ve…
Dealing With OCD and Obsessive Thoughts - w/Kimberly Quinlan (LMFT)
Apr 5 • 31 min
Today I had a chat with Kimberley Quinlan (LMFT) about OCD, obsessive/intrusive thoughts, and how to deal with them effectively. Lots of good information and resources in this one, along with a bunch of concepts you’ll find very familiar if you’ve been…
How Should You Talk About Your Anxiety?
Apr 4 • 15 min
The way you talk about your anxiety matters. More than you think. Are you always speaking passively and just describing how you feel? Are you worried about what people will think about your anxiety? Do you fear that you are boring them, alienating them,…
Anxiety Success Stories - How Sarah Overcame Her Health Anxiety
Feb 5 • 39 min
If you’re suffering with health anxiety – no matter how severe – Sarah’s story will inspire you and give you hope. Join me as we look at Sarah’s journey into completely out of control health anxiety, then back out to a place of calm and peace when it…
Anxiety Success Stories - How Andrew Is Taking His Life Back
Jan 31 • 54 min
My friend Andrew has gone from “contented agoraphobic” to well down the path to full recovery and was nice enough to take some time to share his story. We talk about how he got to where he is today, what the future holds, and we we answer some questions…
Near Panic On-Air and More Viewer Questions - Anxiety 101 w/Billy from Anxiety United
Jan 27 • 96 min
“Drew, are you cured? Do you ever have panic attacks?” I get this question all the time. The answer is … I can still experience a panic attack now and then. So come listen to me experience near panic on-air in this episode. Then Billy and I answer more…
Anxiety 101 - Dealing With Stress - W/Billy from Anxiety United
Jan 26 • 90 min
Billy and I discuss the relationship between stress and anxiety and why stress doesn’t have to automatically become anxiety and fear. Afterward we answer a slew of great questions from the Facebook discussion group. This is a long one so grab your…
Part 2 - Someone I Care About Has Anxiety Problems - How Can I Help?
Jan 16 • 51 min
If you have someone in your life that you care about that’s dealing with serious anxiety issues to the point where they can’t leave home, or be alone, or work, or attend school, etc … then this episode is aimed at you. Holly and I talk about the nature of…
Part 1 - Someone I Care About Has Anxiety Problems. How Can I Help?
Jan 15 • 29 min
If you have someone in your life that you care about that’s dealing with serious anxiety issues to the point where they can’t leave home, or be alone, or work, or attend school, etc … then this episode is aimed at you. Holly and I talk about the nature of…
Making An Anxiety Recovery Plan - w/Billy from Anxiety United
Jan 5 • 73 min
Overcoming anxiety problems means making a good recovery plan and executing it. In this episode I’m joined by my friend Billy from Anxiety United. We discuss the basics of a good recovery plan including breaking things into small steps, the importance of…
Anxiety, Sex and Relationship Issues - With Leslie Gustafson
Jan 4 • 23 min
A discussion of how anxiety disorders can impact sex, intimacy and relationships in general with licensed therapist and certified sex therapist Leslie Gustafson. Leslie and I talk about the general approach to this problem, some of the nuances, and –…
Overcoming Anxiety - Taking A Leap Of Faith
Dec 18, 2018 • 35 min
At some point in this process, you MUST take a leap of faith. All the talking and questioning and reading and learning must give way to actually leaping off that cliff - fully surrendering to and accepting your anxiety symptoms. Its terrifying, we know,…
PTSD, Trauma and Anxiety w/Monique Koven
Dec 6, 2018 • 35 min
Often there is overlap between anxiety disorders like panic disorder and agoraphobia, past trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Monique and I discuss her path to overcoming trauma and generalized anxiety disorder and how the path is…
Anxiety and Dining Out / Social Situations
Nov 26, 2018 • 36 min
Billy and I discuss anxiety and panic related to dining out, restaurants, bars, pubs and social situations. We talk about how to approach it, steps that can be taken to overcome this problem, and how learning cognitive techniques for thought changing can…
Overcoming The Fear of Panic While Driving - With Billy from Anxiety United
Nov 24, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode Billy and I discuss driving anxiety, the fear of having a panic attack while driving, and what to do about it. We talk about specific steps that can be taken to address this fear and overcome it through exposure and cognitive…
Anxiety vs Anxiety Disorders - Clarification and Different Approaches
Nov 11, 2018 • 8 min
Lets to clarify the focus of my content on anxiety disorders as opposed to just being anxious about things. A quick chat about the difference and why my approach is what it is. I briefly discuss different classes of therapies and how they apply to each…
Anxiety and Why Positive Self-Talk is Bullsh*t
Oct 21, 2018 • 13 min
One of the tools I hear people talk about often is “positive self talk”. Let me tell you why this is not a good thing when you’re dealing with high anxiety and panic. As usual, there’s no sugar coating in this one. :-)
Anxiety Success Stories Ep 1 - How Jackie Got Her Mojo Back
Aug 20, 2018 • 31 min
Jackie suffered from panic attacks and anxiety for years until she had a “lightbulb moment” and turned the corner. Join me as I chat with Jackie about how she went from the depths of anxiety to a normal life. Thanks for sharing, Jackie!
The BIGGEST Panic/Anxiety Decision You MUST Make - What Nobody Wants To Hear
Aug 3, 2018 • 16 min
This is what nobody wants to hear when it comes to overcoming anxiety and panic related problems, because its the hard part. There’s a large scale commitment/decision you MUST make before you can start making real lasting forward progress. If you can’t…
Dealing With Panic - The Critical Moment of Decision
Jul 31, 2018 • 17 min
When panic strikes, we have a critical moment of decision. What will you do? How will you handle it? What is your plan? The decision we make at that moment is impactful in so many ways both short and long term. Accept how you feel and panic productively…
How Can I Make My Family Understand My Anxiety?
Feb 24, 2018 • 16 min
This is a topic I get asked about all the time, so lets talk about what to do when your anxiety has a negative impact on your relationships. How can you approach family members and friends to get them on board with what you’re up against?
Hope and Help For Your Nerves – Chap 8 – Agoraphobia – TAG049
Jan 14, 2018 • 70 min
Holly and I discuss chapter 8 of the Claire Weekes book “Hope and Help For Your Nerves”. Dr. Weekes explains agoraphobia and walks us through how to approach it for best result. Holly and I spend a while talking about how we overcame agoraphobia and what…
Hope And Help For Your Nerves – Ch 7 – Cure of Recurring Nervous Attacks – TAG047
Nov 26, 2017 • 69 min
Holly and I discuss chapter 7 of Hope and Help For Your Nerves by Dr. Claire Weekes. This chapter really focuses on understanding that you are afraid of how you feel, and that focusing on sensations and symptoms is counter productive. Rather, focus on how…
Anxiety 101 – Episode 20 – Social Media and the Internet
Nov 21, 2017 • 43 min
Social media and the Internet have had a major impact on those of us with anxiety disorders. In this episode Billy and I discuss different ways the Internet has influenced anxiety issues. We look at positive impacts, negative impacts, and pitfalls that…
Hope and Help For Your Nerves – Ch 6 – Cure of The More Constant Symptoms
Nov 12, 2017 • 51 min
Holly and I return for the next chapter of our series discussing “Hope and Help For Your Nerves” by Dr. Claire Weekes. In this episode we discuss chapter 6, which is probably the lynchpin around which Dr. Weekes built her work. Learning to TRULY accept…
Anxiety 101 – Ep 19 – First Exposure Challenge
Nov 8, 2017 • 58 min
Join our discussion group on Facebook at Lets take on our first 30 day exposure challenge. For the next 30 days, start by making a short list of activities you find challenging from an anxiety standpoint. Then, start…
Where Will You Find Your Spark? – Anxiety 101 – Episode 18
Oct 31, 2017 • 58 min
“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” At some point in the journey to overcome anxiety issues, concepts and techniques and tips and tricks fall by the wayside and it becomes a matter of desire and drive and courage and just wanting to improve your life.…
Yes, My Anxiety Was As Bad As Yours – Anxiety 101 – Ep 17
Oct 25, 2017 • 61 min
I’ve been asked many times over the years how bad my anxiety used to be. Yes, it was probably as bad as yours. In this episode of our Anxiety 101 series, I’ll tell you all about it. Everything I’ve been through. The symptoms I’ve dealt with. The issues…
Anxiety 101 – Episode 16 – What Triggers Your Anxiety?
Oct 20, 2017 • 43 min
What triggers your anxiety? Billy and I discuss anxiety triggers, how to identify your triggers, and what you can do about them. As usual, we answer listener questions near the end of the episode.
Anxiety 101 – Ep 15 – Exposure Therapy and the Need to Practice
Oct 10, 2017 • 46 min
Following up on our initial talk about the basics of exposure therapy, Billy and talk about how repetition and practice are so important. We discuss how practicing the small things and continually expanding your scope will make it easy to tackle larger…
Anxiety 101 – Ep 14 – Feeling Ill, Health Anxiety and Cognitive Tools
Oct 3, 2017 • 44 min
Billy and I were both a bit under the weather for this episode, so we thought a discussion of health anxiety and how illness impacts your anxiety was in order. We discuss health anxiety in general, our reactions when feeling ill, and how dealing with…
Anxiety 101 – Episode 13 – Exposure Therapy Basics and Expectations
Sep 28, 2017 • 42 min
Today Billy and I talk about the basics of what exposure therapy is, how it fits into the overall scope of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and how its important to have proper expectations for what exposure can do for you. Near the end of the episode we take…
Anxiety 101 – Ep 12 – Panic Isn’t Always A Bad Thing
Sep 20, 2017 • 30 min
A panic attack isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, when you’re doing exposure work and trying to learn how not to be afraid of panic and anxiety, having a panic attack is virtually a requirement at some point. Only be experiencing panic without bracing,…
Anxiety 101 – Episode 11 – Viewer Questions and Answers
Sep 13, 2017 • 64 min
Today Billy and I answer some of the most common questions we’ve received while doing the Anxiety 101 series. Did we answer your question? Tune in to find out!
Anxiety 101 – Episode 10 – The Impact of Lifestyle
Sep 12, 2017 • 48 min
Lifestyle choices can influence your panic disorder positively or negatively. Eating a healthy diet can go a long way toward making you feel better overall. Avoid alcohol and mind-altering substances like recreational drugs. Anything that changes your…
Anxiety 101 – Episode 9 – Therapy and Professional Help
Aug 30, 2017 • 35 min
Today Billy and I talk about the different types of therapy and professional help available for anxiety disorders both from a US and a UK perspective. Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is hands down the most effective current long-term treatment for panic…
Anxiety 101 – Episode 08 – Finding the Root of the Problem
Aug 24, 2017 • 19 min
Finding the causes of your panic attacks is a good thing, but not by itself. Stress, negative thinking, reactions to past traumas and emotional issues are just some of many possible panic and anxiety triggers. We’re all different, our life circumstances…
Anxiety 101 – Episode 7 – Theres NO Comfortable Way
Aug 15, 2017 • 25 min
There is no comfortable way to recover from panic disorder. The very heart of recovery lies in learning not to be afraid of panic. The only way to do that is to fully experience panic without fleeing, avoiding, or adding more fear to the situation. You…
Anxiety 101 – Episode 6 – Reacting to Symptoms
Aug 9, 2017 • 31 min
Learning to not fear how you feel is a huge part of truly overcoming your anxiety and panic issues. Its important to not react physically to the symptoms of anxiety and panic. Reacting in fear only leads to the belief that something you did somehow made…
Anxiety 101 – Episode 05 – Avoiding Avoidance
Jul 18, 2017 • 21 min
Lets talk about avoidance and safety behaviors and how they’re a bad thing when it comes to dealing with anxiety and panic issues. Avoidance and safety rituals reinforce the mistaken belief that you need to be “saved” from your anxiety. We contract this…
Anxiety 101 – Ep 04 – Coping Techniques
Jul 12, 2017 • 24 min
Billy and I discuss the role of coping techniques in dealing with anxiety and panic issues. We touch on breathing, muscle relaxation and meditation techniques designed to quiet the mind on demand. Coping techniques are designed to limit the duration and…
Anxiety 101 – Ep 03 – The Fear Cycle – W/Anxiety United
Jun 27, 2017 • 20 min
When it comes to anxiety, fear feeds the beast! We discuss the idea that symptoms and sensations are not anxiety. Rather, your reaction - the fear you create in your own head- fuels the cycle of anxiety.
Anxiety 101 – Ep 2 – No Real Danger w/Anxiety United
Jun 20, 2017 • 22 min
Today Billy and I discuss the fact that the fear we feel when dealing with panic and anxiety is real, but the danger is not. There’s no real danger underneath that fear. Understanding that this is false danger is a key toward making forward progress in…
Anxiety 101 – Ep 01 – An Introduction w/Billy from Anxiety United
Jun 16, 2017 • 32 min
Lets look at the basics of recovering from anxiety, panic and agoraphobia related issues. First in a series. Billy (from Anxiety United) and I talk about the need to accept that the recovery process will include feeling afraid and uncomfortable, and about…
Why Does Exercise Make My Anxiety Worse? - Part 2
May 20, 2017 • 21 min
Once you understand that exercise isn’t really making things “worse”, you can work on solving this common problem. Lets review what’s really going on, and look at how to re-introduce exercise into your life in a step-by-step way. As with everything we…
TAG024: Cure For The Commonest Type of Nervous Illness – HHFYN Chap 5
Aug 17, 2016 • 30 min
Holly and I discuss chapter 5 of Hope and Help For Your Nerves. The cornerstone principles of Facing, Accepting, Floating and Letting Time Pass are covered in detail.
TAG023: The Commonest Simplest Forms Of Nervous Illness – HHFYN Chap 4
Aug 8, 2016 • 45 min
Holly and I go through chapter 4 of the Claire Weekes Hope and Help For Your Nerves book. This chapter is entitled “The Commonest Simplest Forms of Nervous Illness”. We discuss common anxiety symptoms and triggers, the role of fear, why knowledge and…
What Is Nervous Breakdown – Hope and Help For Your Nerves - Chap 3
Jul 31, 2016 • 25 min
In this episode Holly and I go through chapter 3 of the Claire Weekes Hope and Help For Your Nerves book. This chapter is entitled “What Is Nervous Breakdown”. We discuss what defines anxiety disorders, two types of “breakdowns” and some basic strategies…
How Your Nervous System Works – Hope And Help For Your Nerves - Chap 2
Jul 6, 2016 • 21 min
In this episode, Holly and I review chapter 2 of Claire Weekes’ Hope and Help For Your Nerves. We discuss the fight or flight response, its involuntary nature, and the idea that your panic and anxiety symptoms are normal, natural, not dangerous, and not…
The Power Within You - Hope And Help For Your Nerves - Chapter 1
Jun 26, 2016 • 24 min
Holly and I review chapter 1 of Hope and Help For Your Nerves by Dr Claire Weekes. This book is what I consider to be the gold standard when it comes to self help for anxiety, panic, agoraphobia and other anxiety disorders. If you don’t have a copy, get…
Panic, Anxiety and the Exercise Problem (Part I) – TAG019
Nov 9, 2015 • 17 min
For many dealing with anxiety and panic issues, exercise can be a real struggle because it may lead to INCREASED anxiety or even full-blown panic. Lets take a look at this problem, what causes it, and why its so worth taking the time to solve.
Anxiety and Depersonalization – TAG018
Jul 15, 2015
Depersonalization is one of the most disturbing and hard to grasp anxiety symptoms. If you’re dealing with panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder or agoraphobia it really is just another anxiety symptom and we should deal with it like we deal with…
Anxiety and Derealization – TAG017
May 16, 2015 • 19 min
The dissociative states - derealization and depersonalization - are possibly the most common yet misunderstood and under-discussed anxiety symptoms. For many, they’re the most difficult symptoms to fully accept and not fear.
Overcoming Anxiety: Don’t Be A Paper Tiger – TAG 016
May 10, 2015 • 12 min
Confidence is essential when overcoming anxiety disorders but false confidence doesn’t really help. Learn to walk the walk if you’re gonna talk the talk!
Overcoming Anxiety: Do The Opposite – TAG015
May 3, 2015 • 17 min
Overcoming anxiety disorders often means doing the opposite of what your instincts are telling you to do. This is a challenge, but you can do it if you try.
Overcoming Anxiety Disorders – The Long And Winding Road – TAG014
Apr 26, 2015 • 17 min
The path to overcoming anxiety disorders can be winding and unpredictable. Knowing what to expect and how to judge progress makes the process a bit easier.
Common Exposure Therapy Mistakes and Misconceptions – TAG013
Apr 19, 2015 • 18 min
While many dealing with panic and anxiety have had success with exposure therapy, some call it ineffective. Often this is due to simple mistakes and misconceptions.
Why Is EVERYTHING A Panic Trigger? – TAG012
Apr 12, 2015 • 16 min
For people dealing with panic disorder and agoraphobia, a common complaint is that virtually anything can be a panic trigger. There’s a reason for that.
Overcoming Anxiety: The ACTIVE Process – TAG011
Apr 3, 2015 • 15 min
Recovery from anxiety, panic and agoraphobia is an ACTIVE process. Nothing will improve if you just wait passively, so lets go!
Anxiety Disorders and Relationships – TAG009
Mar 22, 2015 • 21 min
Understanding how our anxiety disorders impact our relationships and knowing what steps we can take to address that can help improve our situation.
Just The Facts Please – TAG008
Mar 15, 2015 • 17 min
Facing your fear without fighting or fleeing is a skill that requires practice. Before we get started, we have to get into an objective frame of mind. Learning to assess your physical and mental state objectively - sticking only to the facts without…
Anxiety And Panic - Check Your Body Language
Mar 15, 2015 • 15 min
Your body language is a very strong indicator of how you’re reacting to your anxiety symptoms. Since our goal is to learn to be non-reactive and not fuel the fear cycle, its really helpful to be aware of your body language. Knowing your rituals and tics…
Lets Make A Recovery Plan – TAG007
Mar 8, 2015 • 20 min
Lets make an anxiety, panic and agoraphobia recovery plan. We’ll lay out five general strategy points, then we’ll put a broad action plan in place.
How Panic Attacks Become Panic Disorder – TAG006
Mar 1, 2015 • 15 min
Panic disorder and panic attacks are related but different. How do panic attacks become panic disorder? Here’s a hint: Its more cognitive than physical!
TAG005 – Tips on Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Feb 23, 2015 • 13 min
Therapy for anxiety disorders is a not a generic thing. There are different types of therapies and not all are equal when it comes to anxiety disorders. There’s a difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Understand this before choosing a…
TAG004 – The Power of Memory
Feb 19, 2015 • 13 min
Memory has the power to trigger anxiety symptoms and sensations. Understanding this powerful process can go a long way toward helping you make forward progress even when you think you’re going backward. Lets talk about how to recognize when your memory is…
TAG003 – Courage
Mar 3, 2014 • 8 min
Overcoming anxiety, panic and agoraphobia starts with the courage to face your fears. In this episode we talk about courage, why its so important, and how you can find it inside you. You were born with all the courage you need to overcome your anxiety…
TAG002 – Its Really NOT Okay
Feb 28, 2014 • 8 min
Overcoming anxiety, panic and agoraphobia requires the motivation to be active in your recovery. In this episode we’ll look at how the motivation to begin your recovery derives from personal responsibility and accepting that giving in to your fears is…
TAG001 – Anxiety Is Physical. Anxiety Disorders Are Cognitive.
Feb 27, 2014 • 9 min
In this episode we’ll look at the difference between the physical nature of anxiety and the mental/cognitive nature of anxiety disorders. Understanding this concept and incorporating it into your approach to anxiety is an important step toward…