Exposure and Response Prevention - The Science Behind It

anxiety cbt erp ocd science Feb 24, 2019

Welcome back!  In the week’s episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, we are addressing the science of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).  It seems counter-intuitive to expose ourselves to what makes us MORE anxious and MOST uncertain, and I know that many of you are wondering why we would do this.  We’re going to discuss the many reasons WHY today as we dive right into the science of Exposure and Response Prevention.

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Let me break this down simply for you.  We have been trained for many years to instinctually run from fear. When we are faced with serious, threatening events, we go into fight, flight, and freeze.  In truly dangerous emergency situations, we are very lucky to respond in this way because it keeps us safe.  Fight,...

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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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My Key Takeaways From This Year's IOCDF Conference

Presenting at the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) annual conference is one of the biggest honors that I have as a therapist who treats anxiety disorders. These conferences are amazing because they provide a mix of both treatment presentations and support groups. They bring together a community of people: those who struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), therapists who present evidence-based treatment for OCD, and advocates for mental health research and treatment.  Another reason that I adore these conferences is that, in addition to OCD, they provide presentations and support groups on Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB’s) such as Excoriation Disorder (Skin Picking), Trichotillomania (Hail Pulling), and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), as well as co-occurring Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders.

At this year’s conference, I ran several support groups and had the privilege of attending some incredible presentations put on by leading...

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Cami Julaine says “You are right where you need to be”

Hello there CBT School family!

I’m so excited for you to listen to this episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast, which features an incredible guest interview with Cami Julaine as part of our “We can do hard things” series.  A blogger, singer, actor, and just all-around wonderful person, Cami Juliane is devoted to mental health advocacy and shares her own journey with us in this week’s episode.  Cami is so open and genuine, which I absolutely love about her, and sheds light on her battle and recovery with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, an Eating Disorder, Panic Attacks, and Trauma. 

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Managing Anxiety Disorders, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Phobias, Social...

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You Can Be Anxious AND Have Courage!

Hello there CBT School family!

Welcome to another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast focusing on COURAGE.  Where is it found?  How do we become courageous amidst everything life throws at us?  Once have found courage, how do we keep it?

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Consider what it’s like to be courageous or brave in today’s day and age.  It comes with huge expectations.  If men don’t put on their “brave face” ALL of the time, they run the risk of appearing less “masculine.”  Women (and men, too, many times) are expected to look pretty and smile while multi-tasking many challenging things at one.  This creates a lot of pressure for society!

To add to this even further, what I call...

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Does Having Anxiety Make Me Weak? Or Superhuman?

anxiety cbt Jun 12, 2018

Do You Feel Like You Are Weak For Having Anxiety? 

 If you are struggling with anxiety or depression or some other mental health challenge, you might find that you often repeat something along the lines of, "Why can't I be like them?" or "There must be something wrong with me!" 

In today's podcast, we address a simple perspective change that might help you along the way of your recovery journey.     

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So, here is the million dollar question. Are people with Anxiety weak, or are they a special kind of Superhuman? It's an interesting question, isn't it?  I think in order to answer this question, we need to address how we perceive a superhuman and how we view ourselves, as humans.  We need to reconsider how we "rate" ourselves and our worth.  

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How to Improve Your Relationship With Anxiety

anxiety cbt mindfulness Apr 27, 2018

Would you consider yourself to have a good relationship with anxiety?This blog post is all how to shift your perspective about your relationship with anxiety.

Do you and your anxiety yell at each other?  Or, do you talk between yourselves in a respectful and considerate manner? Does Anxiety manipulate you into doing compulsive behaviors you don’t want to engage in? Or, do you hold your ground when anxiety is trying to get its way?

These questions can help you to determine what kind of relationship you have with the anxiety in your life.   We must continually ask ourselves this question if we want to ensure that anxiety isn't running the show.   

Do you have a good relationship with anxiety?

 

In today’s podcast episode, we talk about How to Improve Your Relationship with Anxiety.  This includes how you talk with yourself, how you react to your anxiety and what your expectations are about its presence in your...
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Jon Hershfield Dispels Some Myths About Managing Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Can I just say, I am so excited to share this weeks episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit?   

In this weeks episode, I got to spend some time with my good friend, Jon Hershfield and he drops some REAL wisdom about some of the myths about managing Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and life in general.  He is a genius at breaking things down and making it fun along the way.

To prepare for this episode, I reached out to some trusted and respected Mental Health Professionals for input.    I asked if they could share some of the unskilled advice that some of their clients have received from their previous therapists or medical professionals.

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During our podcast interview (which will also be on YouTube very soon), Jon addressed how some advice for...

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