One of the most fun episodes I’ve done in a while. Join me to hear how my friend Raven went from homebound agoraphobic, crippled with panic and intrusive thoughts and fears, to living her life, not being afraid of anxiety, and making plans for her future. If there was every an uplifting story from a lovely human being, it would be this one. If you think you can’t, here’s about 30 minutes that will show you that you CAN!
Thank you Raven, for taking the time to share with us!
One of the most common issues that seems to pop up for people doing the work to overcome an anxiety disorder is emotions and how to deal with them while in the recovery. What do I do when I feel sad, or angry, or generally upset? Is that wrong? Is this a setback in my recovery? Its it OK to cry or otherwise express my emotions when they come up? My friend Joe Ryan and I talk about how its perfectly OK and normal to experience emotions, and how its healthy and productive to express them whenever and however you need to. We answer common questions, address common concerns, and point out potential pitfalls when dealing with those emotional times.
If you’ve got Netflix and 20 minutes to spare, I strongly suggest you watch “The Mind Explained” on Netflix. The anxiety episode is AMAZING. The documentary clearly explains and illustrates the mechanics of anxiety, fear and what turns anxiety into an anxiety disorder. There’s excellent discussion of how anxiety has been viewed and treated over the years. Even the mention of medication – which I was worried would be the same old thing – was honest and objective and clearly acknowledged the side effects and our overall lack of knowledge about how they really work. The explanation of how CBT and exposure work was absolutely exceptional. Watch comic Maria Bamford explain how she used exposure to “let anxiety flood up to the highest level, and you don’t die”. I literally jumped out of my char with excitement when she said that.
I was so pumped that I had to shoot this quick video review. What can I say? I’m a total geek with this stuff! ?