What Is It Like To Grieve The Losses Of Mental Illness?

I absolutely love this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, in which we have Peer Support Counselor (for mental health) Chrissie Hodges! This episode is one of my favorites because it truly validates the pain that you are going through.

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In this episode, Chrissie addresses the importance of Peer Support and how she has used her own journey and lived experience with mental health to help guide those who are also managing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Anxiety, Depression, and other mental illnesses or struggles.

Chrissie also sheds light on life AFTER treatment, which is something that I have been wanting to address for a long time now.  It’s a topic that I frequently get asked about.  How do I move past how painful and difficult that experience was?...

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A Holiday Pep Talk: Tips to Thrive and Survive The Holidays

Happy Holidays Everyone!

During this time of year, it’s common for us to experience both very high and very difficult emotions. We can experience joy, excitement, and happiness, but can also experience difficult emotions such as hopelessness, depression, fear, panic, grief, and loneliness during the holiday season.  If you are anything like me, you are feeling slightly overwhelmed and stressed because of all that you have to do.  The holidays stir up many emotions and, given that it is such a universal experience for us during this time, we thought it would be a great time to bring on Alison Seponara.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and talks about How to Thrive and Survive the Holidays.  If you’re also managing a mental illness or other psychological stressors, this episode will be especially important for you. Depression and anxiety may be heightened during the holiday seasons and we wanted to provide...

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Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)...yes, it's REAL!

I have received quite a few requests asking me to talk about changing seasons, which is what this podcast episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is all about!  Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we have moved from Summer to Autumn to Winter.  It’s not just here though!  I’m sure that the change of seasons is happening all around the world right now. In the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are changing from Winter to Spring to Summer (I got you, Australia!).

The seasons most certainly impact our mental health and, in this week’s podcast, I talk about a few important things to consider when managing depression, anxiety, OCD, and other mental health issues. Before we get into this, let’s look at how the change of seasons and temperature impacts us medically.

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ERP Is the Coolest Thing!

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You are going to absolutely LOVE this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit if you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or any other mental health struggle.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Nathalie Maragoni, an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, this week and it is very special for a few reasons.  In addition to specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders, Nathalie has managed OCD herself and knows exactly what it is like to experience the torture and terror that accompanies intrusive thoughts, brutal compulsions, and panic attacks.  She has experienced firsthand the value of Exposure & Response Prevention (ERP) and said it best herself: “ERP is the coolest thing!”

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Addressing Fear Like A Scientist In A Rational, Evidence-Based Way

This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is all about addressing fear like scientists, but not the scary white-haired kind that you’re likely picturing. You don’t need those white coats or a full-fledged scientist degree for the type of experiments we will be discussing!  You see…each time we have a thought, we have an opportunity to be a scientist who runs studies that are experience-based, rational, and evidence-based.

Every day, the human brain produces a LOT of thoughts; up to 70,000 thoughts to be exact!  Being able to identify which thoughts are distorted (or errors) and which are not is a huge part of the work that goes into managing anxiety.  The goal is to respond to these thoughts skillfully and mindfully.  This is not an easy task, as it takes ongoing courage and work, but I bet you know what I’m about to say next.  We can do hard things!

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Patrick McGrath says "Don't Try Harder, Try Different"

This week is filled with some VERY exciting news!  First off, today is the last day to access the NEW and FREE training called “The 10 Things you absolutely need to know about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).”  If you’re new to OCD and looking for some guidance, this webinar will be great for you. If you’re already on your road to recovery, it will be a wonderful refresher into the key concepts of treating OCD.  Click HERE for more information if you are interested.

Next, ERP School is HERE and available for purchase for 5 more days!  YAY!! Exposure and Respond Prevention School (ERP SCHOOL) is an online course for people who do not have access to a therapist who practices science-based skills and ERP for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  It is only available for purchase from September 6th, 2018-September 20th, 2018.  I am so incredibly excited to share this with you!

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Would I Benefit from taking an Online Course for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

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This blog post was created to help you decide if you would benefit from an online course for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

We get lots of people reaching out wanting to know if they would benefit from an online course for OCD instead of receiving face-to-face mental health services from a trained clinical therapist.   If you have questions about online courses vs therapy, this is the blog article for you.  

How do therapy and online courses differ?

Seeing a therapist who knows how to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) can be like having a personal trainer. You’ll benefit from a structured schedule, guided “homework” between sessions, and professional advice, and you may be more motivated to follow through when you feel accountable to another person. They can push you through some discomfort knowing it will make you stronger—it can be difficult to do on your own, especially...

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Tara Brach tells us to trust our capacity to change!

I am so thrilled and honored to share this interview with you.  This week’s episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit is one of my all-time favorites because I had the opportunity to interview my absolute idol, Tara Brach.  For those who do not know who Tara Brach is, let me introduce you to an inspirational and all-around amazing human.

As a Clinical Psychologist and meditation teacher, Tara Brach is a leading Western teacher of Buddhist Meditation, spiritual awakening, and emotional healing.  An author as well, she wrote two of my favorite books titled Radical Acceptance and True Refuge.  Additionally, Tara Brach co-founded the Awareness Training Institute (ATI) and the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP) alongside Jack Kornfield.

In my own journey, Tara’s podcast (TaraBrach.com) has been—and still is—one of the most important parts of my personal development and growth.  I would walk the neighborhood for hours...

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We Can Manage The Anxiety of Decision Making!

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It’s both difficult and courageous to experience and manage anxiety, but I bet you know what I am going to say now.  It’s a beautiful day to do hard things!  We can do hard things.

Anxiety can get in the way of day-to-day life activities and make them more difficult.  The process of making decisions is one of them.  Decision making brings up a lot for us and can be draining.   When making decisions, we might be faced with the anxiety of making a decision that won’t hurt others or anxiety about making the “right” decision.  Additionally, we might experience anxiety that making a certain decision will cause us to miss out on a greater opportunity that may better align with our long-term goals.  All of this constitutes the anxiety of decision making. 

That being said, decision making is the ULTIMATE exposure to uncertainty and tolerating discomfort.  We cannot avoid uncertainty in the process of...

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Suppressing Your Thoughts Does Not Work!

This is something you may have heard many times, but here is a little reminder.  THOUGHT SUPPRESSION NEVER WORKS!  This short statement bears so much weight and is considered one of the golden rules to manage anxiety disorder: specifically, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, and Phobias.

That being said, the reality is that we all attempt to make our anxiety-provoking or “bad” thoughts go away.  We try to push them down so they won’t hurt us anymore and so we don’t have to feel the related shame, irritation, guilt, and annoyance of these thoughts.  If this sounds like you, let me tell you…you are in the right place.

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