In this Podcast, David and Fabrice answer these questions:
- What is anxiety?
- How does it differ from depression?
- Do anxiety and depression always go hand in hand?
- How does anxiety differ from healthy fear?
- What are the most common forms of anxiety?
- How common is anxiety?
Anxiety, like depression, has been called the world’s oldest con. That’s because you are always fooling yourself, and buying into negative thoughts that aren’t true, when you’re feeling anxious and insecure. Dr. Burns highlights the most common cognitive distortions that trigger anxiety, and discusses the powerful role of shame in anxiety.
In the next several podcasts, Dr. Burns will describe powerful, fast-acting, drug-free treatment methods that can help you defeat every type of anxiety, Including
- Chronic worrying
- Social anxiety
- Public speaking anxiety
- OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
- PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Panic attacks
- BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder)
So stay tuned!
My therapist recommended I buy two of your books. The Feeling Good Handbook and Scared Stiff workbook. I am having difficulty in finding the Scared Stiff workbook or how do I get it?
Thanks, Tricia, the titles aren’t quite right, but here are some you can find on Amazon:
1. Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
2. The Feeling Good Handbook
3. When Panic Attacks.
There are more, but those should keep you busy, and hopefully happy! Please thank your therapist for recommending my books–I hope you find them helpful and interesting!
All the best,
I have been on Lexapro and Xanax 2mg xr for years. Terrified of being weened off. My psychiatrist gave me this podcast yesterday. Do you do private sessions? Money is an issue
I am not in clinical practice, but there are tons of free resources on my website, plus my many books on anxiety and depression. d
Hi Dr. Burns
Thank you for your wonderful work! Ive purchased the Feeling Good book and subscribed to the podcast on ITunes where I found the scared stiff podcasts to be a great resource. Especially the part with shame attacking exercises where you go ask for food from diners at a restaurant.
I would love to work with someone on curing my excessive shyness and (?)social phobia. Do you have recommendations for affordable places that follow your type of treatment philosophy in NYC?
I’ve been to about 5 or 6 different therapists on my own but my last experience in 2013 was very negative and I haven’t been back since. Thanks again in advanced.
On my website, go to the referral page, where you’ll find the new TEAM-CBT centers listed. Dr. Taylor Chesney would be great for this problem of shyness. Also, try my book, Intimate Connections! Thanks for email and kind comments. David
So looking forward to listening
Just having a little trouble getting it to play
Can u re-do if if others are having the same issue
Others don’t seem to be having this problem. Maybe it is your device? david
Is there anywhere i can read about people you have helped who are scared of being sick (vomit, diarrhea etc….). Where the fear of those things actually bring on those symptoms?
Thanks, Amber, will try to address that!! Now your comment should appear. All the best, david
Thank-you so much for the podcasts, they are really helping me to understand how I feel and that as people keep telling me I can’t just ‘snap out of it.’
It has been really educational and good for my positive thinking making me not feel so bad about how I feel etc.
I look forward to more
You’re welcome, Kisty! david
Just received your new book, Feeling Great.
How can one identify the negative thought if the anxiety seems to come out of nowhere?
For the past couple of weeks I find that upon awakening I am already in a state of anxiety. My face feels flushed and I get that tingling sensation. I use my breathing technique to calm myself and the anxiety ebbs. My trouble is that I can’t id the negative emotion that leads up to the episode and therefore can’t dispute the irrational belief.
Your input would be greatly appreciated.
there are at least two podcasts on this exact topic. If you use search function on website, you might find them. d
I have OCD, depression and anxiety, am 74 year old female and seems like I have been this way forever. I think mostly I am lazy. I’ll never do things like clean out closets or anything big because I don’t want to touch anything or have anything messed up or moved or even do anything inside or out because seems like too much.
Would you recommend one of your books that would be most helpful? Not sure if Feeling Good Handbook or Feeling Great or not sure which one you talked about in your podcast that I just listened to and mistakenly deleted. I scored very high on your depression and anxiety test and have just started receiving information and podcasts.
Thanks, you might try When Panic Attacks, and also there is a free anxiety test and class on my website. d
Very glad I ran into your work. Started with a video and have been reading and listening to your stuff for a couple days now.
I’ve been diagnosed with OCD (PURE O). I struggle with intrusive thoughts. I have had a lot of trouble exposing myself to the thoughts in order to face them. I’ve tried a writing a narrative of my fears etc…. I just can’t seem to get the right exposure.
A couple examples:
I get stuck on… I don’t believe in God, or don’t believe enough or that maybe there isn’t a God?
I get stuck on… what if I go crazy?
I wish there was a dirty sink I could go touch or something tangible I could face.
Sure, and sorry you’ve been struggling, and fortunately, the prognosis is very positive. But first a question. Which of my books have you read, and did you do the written exercises. For example, when Panic Attacks is all about techniques for anxiety. Second, have you done a search for OCD as well as anxiety on my website? Third, have you completed the free anxiety test and class on my website? Fourth, sometimes a therapists with expertise in exposure can help with that technique. Fifth, have you used the Hidden Emotion Technique. Let me know, and thanks. d
Thanks so much for replying!!!!!!
I’m on day one of your course. I don’t have any of your books yet.
Which one should I start with?
I’m in the process of going through the website.
What is the hidden emotion? I’m not familiar with that.
use the search function on my website. Contact me again if you are having trouble with this. Also, see the chapter on it in When Panic Attacks. d
I’m so excited to listen to your podcasts. I have been in therapy for nearly 25 years for generalized anxiety and I am determined to beat this. What book should I start with?
You can read When Panic Attacks and also there’s a free anxiety class on the homepage of my website. All the best, David
Hi Dr. Burns, I just found your podcast and I am excited to continue listening. I have gotten to a very high level of anxiety and I fear I might loose my job over it. I have 3 kids and am the breadwinner at home, which only adds to the anxiety. I am most afraid of dying and leaving my kids behind at a young age. I also have started feeling lightheaded or like I might pass out, which I think might be related to my anxious thoughts, but sometimes it comes even when I’m not having anxious thoughts. I have been to my doctor and we cannot find a reason for the lightheadedness, and now my fear is of that feeling too. I am a hairstylist so I stand for work and it’s made it hard for me to get through my days as of the last 4-6 months. I hope you might be able to help me.
Sure, there are tons of free resources on my website, including a free anxiety class, many podcasts, and my book, When Panic Attacks, might help, too. Sometimes a therapist can ehlp. My book, Feeling Great, starts with a story of a hair stylist with post partum depression! Sorry you have been struggling Warmly, david