022: Scared Stiff — What Is Anxiety? (Part 1)

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
  • Phobias
  • Social anxiety
  • Public speaking anxiety
  • Shyness
  • OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
  • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Panic attacks
  • Agoraphobia
  • BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder)

So stay tuned!

9 thoughts on “022: Scared Stiff — What Is Anxiety? (Part 1)

  1. 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,


  2. 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

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  4. 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?

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