How would you treat excessive worrying?
In today’s podcast, David and Fabrice address a question submitted by a listener from South Africa named Kevin. He asks how David would treat excessive worrying.
David describes a new patient who had struggled with 53 years of failed therapy for excessive, relentless worrying, and describes how she was “totally and irreversibly cured” in just two therapy sessions, which was the “good news.” The Hidden Emotion Technique was the key to her remarkably rapid recovery. David explains that the “even better news” was that her relentless worrying would come back over and over in the future, and that this was actually a really good thing!
Do you know why? Listen to this podcast you’ll find out!
David also emphasizes the importance of using all the four models, along with a Daily Mood Log, when treating any form of anxiety: the Motivational Model, the Cognitive Model, the Exposure Model, and the Hidden Emotion Model. To learn more about how these four powerful treatment models work, you can listen to Podcasts 022 through #028. Their titles are listed here, or you can link to #022, the first anxiety broadcast, by clicking here.
The DSM5 is the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association. It is used to assign diagnoses to patients. David critiques the DSM5 diagnostic criteria for “Generalized Anxiety Disorder” (GAD) and emphasizes that while worrying exists, and can easily be treated in most cases, the “mental disorder” called Generalized Anxiety Disorder does not exist, and is simply a fantasy made up by the psychiatrists who have created the DSM.
Soon, David and Fabrice will launch a series of five podcasts on the Five Secrets of Effective Communication, focusing on one technique each week. Say tuned, because these podcasts could change your life and show you the road to more loving and satisfying relationships with friends, patients, colleagues, and family members–and “enemies” as well!
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Hi Fabrice and David. Thank you so much for the response to my query, It is enlightening and I appreciate the both of you taking the time to address this issue. Regards. Kevin
Thanks, Kevin, you are very welcome! Keep the great questions coming! d
hi david i want to ask you about your view on Mick Power – Emotion-Focused Cognitive Therapy
he emphasizes the emotional part
Not familiar with him, but certainly a familiar them, Rook. And of course, any skillful therapist will tell you that emotions are important. That is kind of old news, to be honest, but certainly very important. There are other new developments that are vastly more mind-blowing! Stay tuned, and thanks so much for your thoughtful question! david
hi David, I find having GAD makes one not trust one’s judgement, when I self access, i double guess what i’m actually feeling in the same way i double guess my own common sense when excessively worrying…not sure if this is a common trait amongst your patients…
Good call, Martin, a lack of trust / confidence in self and the world seems to be a core issue! david
Dear Mr Burns, I learned today about your book “Feeling good” and I also watched your TED talk. It was a discovery for me. The problem is that I am often stressed. I lost my first husband to an illness and remarried having two sons from the previous marriage. My life hasn’t been easy. I am happy that I will have an opportunity to listen to your podcasts although my English isn’t perfect. I am writing to you to ask whether your book is translated into Mongolian. If not, I would like to translate it into my mother tongue. First of all, it will help me to heal, secondly I want to help other people in my country who have such problems such as depression, mental disorder or anxiety. Thank you
Thanks! I’ve forwarded your kind email to the publisher. What is needed is someone in your country who wants to publish the book. They can obtain the rights from the publisher of feeling Good, and then you could translate it. Appreciate your note and offer! DAVID
Thank you so much for your prompt reply! I haven’t expected that I’ll receive such a quick and nice reply so soon. I’ll contact the publisher in Ulaanbaatar whom I used to work with before! I’ll continue listening to your podcast!
Thanks! Let me know what happens, U appreciate you! david