If I walked into a room full of therapists today and told them that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) wasn't all it's cracked up to be I'm sure I'd get some dirty looks. Yet, it is true. CBT isn't always effective. I think as a consumer it is important that you understand the good and bad sides of therapy. So today I want to share with you what can make CBT ineffective. Before I do that though I want to make it clear that CBT does help many people. In fact, the reason it is so widely used is because, unlike so many other of forms of therapy,
The world has gone mad. It's always been a little nutty I guess, but it seems like things have shifted into a new kind of crazy. I can't possibly explain all the reasons why the world has gone mad, but what I can say with certainty is that much of your anxiety is not entirely of your own making. In fact, I think the modern world has placed human beings in a very bizarre place. A place where people are more like robots created to fill a role rather than live a life. Maybe that's an exaggeration, who really knows, but from the looks of things it
This week's guest post was written by AG contributor Kate. Kate is a writer, blogger, and psychiatry researcher living in San Francisco. She is passionate about mental health and utilizing science to develop evidenced based approaches to psychological health. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt We should learn to accept our fears and overcome them so they don’t hold us back. We have to accept that everything is going to be okay. I hear rhetoric about conquering fear and anxiety all the time. But how do we
This week's guest post is brought to you by Sheeva of Healthwanderer.com. Sheeva is a lifestyle, food and wellness coach with a deep passion for helping people on their journey toward becoming the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. For those of us experiencing any kind of anxiety disorder, the emotion of anxiety is usually an unwelcome invasion of our body and mind. We want and would do anything to get rid of the pesky anxious thoughts and the, oftentimes, debilitating physical symptoms. But, the reality is that anxiety is an
The truth is that most people looking to heal their anxiety don't think in terms of growth. People tend to think more in terms of cessation. In short, they just want the pain to stop. And although I can relate to this type of thinking it usually doesn't help much. What is helpful is trying to experience anxiety with new eyes. What is helpful is to challenge yourself to see anxiety not as a curse but a very unwelcome learning opportunity. Now in a perfect world there would be no need to experience pain and suffering in order to grow as a person.
Anxiety is a great attention-grabber. It keeps the mind overloaded with scary what if scenarios. These scenarios range in severity from "Man, I hope that doesn't happen," to "Oh my God if that happens again I'm dead." That's why it's easy for people to become obsessed with their anxiety related problems. They get stuck on the 'what if's.' A horrible mix of anticipation and fantasy keeps otherwise sane people scurrying about the internet looking for answers. The issue with this, of course, is that anxious people end up problem focused.
I have some news. For at least the next two months The Anxiety Guru Show will be on hiatus. I'm taking a break to give myself more time to study, exercise, and be with my family. I know that for a small number of you this show helps, which is why I want to emphasize that I am not canceling the show. After I earn my license and things settle down a bit I will return. Recently it struck me that I have been doing the podcast for over 7 years without a significant break, which is kind of nuts when you think about it. What's good about that though
This week's guest post was written by C, a member of the AG community. She wrote this as a forum post, but I felt that it was too good to keep hidden in the forum. What this post reveals is that recovery is a process and not simply a single insight or idea. It illustrates the many facets of recovery in a clear and meaningful way. I hope it provides you with a new or different perspective. - Paul Dooley 'No one has ever analyzed or battled their way to recovery.' Well, no, probably not but neither have I known anyone glide serenely to
When anxiety becomes a problem it's hard to cultivate solutions. Instead, you're more likely to focus on the problem itself, or maybe even uncovering some quick way of making it all stop, which makes sense. Yet, as natural as this instinct is, what happens when this quick solution doesn't materialize? In my experience, people usually become frustrated with their inability to overcome this major life issue. That's why when you feel stuck with anxiety it is critical that you go back to the beginning and figure out the most basic details of your