Falling Into the Anxiety Trap - Common Mistakes We Make

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This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit got me all fired up!  We are addressing the 5 Common Mistakes We Make Managing Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s) and all other mental health struggles.  My goal for this episode is to help you figure out the ways in which you may be falling into the anxiety trap, and then identify ways for you to more effectively manage the anxiety.  We discuss the concept of Mindfulness, Mindset, and other tools you can put to use just about anywhere.  I absolutely loved sharing these concepts with you!

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I specialize in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders—such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Eating Disorders, Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s)—as a Marriage and Family therapist. Thus, I frequently see my clients deal with anxiety in destructive ways by engaging in behaviors that prevent them from effectively managing it.  It is common for us to get stuck in compensatory and compulsive behaviors that fuel our anxiety and keep us living in fear.    

Here are the 5 Common Mistakes We Make When Managing Anxiety:

  1. We spend too much time trying to solve WHY 
  2. Spend too much time reading about how to fix it, instead of practicing the tools 
  3. We beat ourselves up.

    "I am a terrible person."

    "I am weak."

    "I am a loser." 

    "I can’t handle this." 

  4. We go to others to make our anxiety go away.
  5. We run away from anxiety. 

You may be surprised by some of these and not by others.  It is important to note that these are not the ONLY mistakes we make.  There are many ways in which we can engage in behaviors that cause us to get stuck in the turmoil of anxiety, obsessions, compulsions, panic, intrusive thoughts, sensations, and urges.  Please do not feel like you are alone in this.  I never want anyone to feel that way.  These are mistakes that I make too!  I think all of us do, largely because these traps are very easy to fall into and get stuck in when dealing with the management of anxiety, depression, panic, and other mental health issues. 

I hope this find this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast helpful!  Sending much gratitude to those of you who have left a review for the podcast.  It’s incredibly helpful and increases our chances of getting more wonderful guests on the show.


About Kimberley Quinlan

Kimberley Quinlan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Eating Disorders, Panic Disorder and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s).  Kimberley is highly trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), with a heavy emphasis on Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), and has been practicing meditation and mindfulness for many years.  Kimberley has a special interest in the integration of mindfulness principles with CBT for OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and Eating Disorders.  Kimberley has experience treating adults, adolescents, and children, and tailors each program to suit the age and cognitive development of each client.  Kimberley has a private practice in Calabasas and Westlake Village. 

For more information, you can find Kimberley at the following:

Website: https://kimberleyquinlan-lmft.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimberleyquinlan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimberleyQuinlanCBTschool/