David’s Sunday FB Broadcast with Jill and Mike is on at 3 PM (PT), April 1, 2018!

David’s Sunday FB Broadcast with Jill and Mike is on at 3 PM (PT), April 1, 2018!

David’s back!

Hi all!

I’m back from my two-day trauma workshop in Lancaster, Pa and eager to connect with all of you again! The workshop was extremely well received, and the live demonstration on the evening of Day 1 received one of the highest ratings ever for one of my workshops. The woman who volunteered was exceptionally courageous and touched the hearts of the many people who observed.

You can still purchase the recordings of the workshop or the live demonstration if you want to attend this workshop–CE credits are available, too!

Tomorrow, the David and Jill Show returns on Facebook live, with special guest Mike Christensen, at 3 PM Pacific Standard Time. We will describe powerful, drug-free treatment methods for OCD and will answer your questions as well. If you can’t catch us live, you can listen any time you want, as the broadcasts can all be accessed 24 hours a day on my public FB Page.

Here are some cool new stats, thanks to all of you!

  • My weekly Feeling Good Broadcasts with host Fabrice Nye had more than 46,000 downloads this month–a new record! The live therapy with Daisy partially accounted for this increase. That show was a profoundly appreciated many people who wrote to thank Daisy following the show. Daisy has contributed greatly to our podcasts, and to all of you, too. The live sessions we’ve done have been by far the most impactful, so Fabrice and I hope to do more live work for you.
  • My website, www.FeelingGood.com, received nearly 45,000 hits this month–another new record!
  • My Sunday FB Broadcasts are now watched by 1,500 to 2,000 people each week. If you like it, tell your friends so I can grow this audience, too. Jill and Mike Christensen are both fabulous guests / co-hosts, and I am honored to able to work with them!

I greatly appreciate your support, and hope you will continue to spread the word about TEAM-CBT and www.feelinggood.com. i am trying hard to reach as many people as possible with all kinds of free programming and blogs designed to help individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and habits and addictions, as well as the therapists who treat them!


David’s FB Broadcast on Addictions has been Rescheduled for April 8, 2018

David’s FB Broadcast on Addictions has been Rescheduled for April 8, 2018

David’s Live FB Broadcast on Addictions with special guest, Stephen Pfleiderer, founder of SF Intervention, has been rescheduled for April 8, 2018, at 3 PM due to David’s sore throat

Hi all!

Due to my sore throat today, and laryngitis, Stephen and I have rescheduled our live FB Broadcast on new treatments for addictions on April 8, 2018. There will be no show today.

Next week, Jill will return for the live David and Jill Show on FB at 3 PM for an additional discussion of rapid, drug-free treatment techniques for OCD and other anxiety disorders.


David and Jill Show #4: Treatment of OCD

David and Jill Show #4: Treatment of OCD

Watch the fourth David and Jill Show on the Treatment of OCD!

Hi all!

The fourth David and Jill Show on the treatment of OCD with guest Mike Christensen will start at 3 PM. Show #3 has set a new record of more than 2 thousand viewers in the first week alone. You can still watch it!

During the show, we will also answer questions from those who attend the show live. We’ll have a lot of energy and ideas to share, so join us if you can!

The Feeling Good Podcast last Monday–live therapy with Daisy–also drew exceptionally well and was enthusiastically received. In fact, this month it looks like we will set a new record with more than 40,000 downloads! Thank you all for your support!

During the session with Daisy, we address the question, “What’s the secret of a meaningful life?” We also discuss the empowerment of women, and the intimidating messages women often hear from society, and from families when growing up. Make sure you catch it if you have not listened yet!

Also, remember to register for the one-day David and Jill workshop on Sunday, May 20, 2018. It’s for mental health professionals. You’ll have a chance to learn the latest TEAM-CBT techniques and work on your own insecurities and feelings of self-doubt as well. We promise to bring roughly 60% of the audience into a state of joyous enlightenment, so don’t miss it!


Advanced, High-Speed TEAM-CBT for the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety:
A Workshop for Therapists with Drs. David Burns and Jill Levitt


045: More on OCD — Cognitive Flooding

More on OCD — Cognitive Flooding

Warning: This podcast includes raw and disturbing material that may be upsetting to some listeners. If you are concerned that your own feelings may be triggered, it might be wise to skip the program.

Fabrice begins with another question on OCD—if you successfully extinguish the symptoms with Exposure and Response prevention, would they just resurface in some other form, such as worrying, or some other anxiety disorder. David agrees, and describes the solution to this problem.

Then David describes his treatment of a pregnant woman with OCD who was afraid her baby would be switched at the hospital so that she’d end up with the wrong baby. Although she rationally recognized that this fear was irrational, she could not shake it from her mind, and obsessed about it constantly.

After trying more than 30 CBT techniques that did not work, David used the What-If Technique to pinpoint her deepest fear, which turned out to be quite shocking, to say the least. He then encouraged her, with some reluctance, to confront this fear using Cognitive Flooding.

After describing the surprising outcome, David and Fabrice discuss the fact that 75% of American therapists are afraid to use Exposure Techniques because of the fear that the patient is too fragile, or they will re-traumatize the patient. David reminds us that this is “reverse hypnosis,” where the patient hypnotizes the therapist into believing something that is not true. If the patient is successful, and the therapist agrees not to use Exposure, the prognosis for effective treatment is quite poor. David gives an example of a therapist who was afraid to ask an OCD patient to drink one ounce of coca cola—something the patient feared would drive him into insanity!


044: Can OCD Be Cured?

Can OCD Be Cured? — More Examples of the Hidden Emotion Technique

In this podcast, David describes his treatment of a physician with OCD who was tortured by the fear that he would impulsively throw his newborn baby over the railing of his second-floor apartment. He also describes a psychologist with OCD who washed her hands more than 50 times a day for fear of contamination. In addition, she spent hours every day making sure that nothing in her house was arranged in groups of three—including furniture, table settings, decorative objects, magazines on tables, and so forth. Arrangements in groups of 2 were okay, as were groups of 4, 5 or more objects. Why was she so obsessed?

What were the hidden emotions that fueled these obsessions and compulsions? David and Fabrice will give you the chance to pause the recording on three occasions to jot down your hypotheses before they give you the answers. It won’t be important to get it “right,” but it is highly desirable to take a stab at it.

This podcast will be of interest to you if you or a loved one is struggling with OCD, or any form of anxiety, including phobias, panic attacks, chronic worrying, and so forth. That’s because the hidden emotion phenomenon, or excessive “niceness,” may be a the root of your fears as well. Bringing those feelings to conscious awareness will often lead to sudden relief, or even a complete elimination of your symptoms.

In the next Feeling Good Podcast, David and Fabrice will describe dramatic examples of exposure and response prevention in the treatment of OCD, including a woman who was tortured by the fear that she’d received the wrong baby at the hospital after her first child was born. What causes these bizarre symptoms, and what’s the most effective treatment? Stayed tuned and you’ll find out!


043: OCD — The Hidden Emotion Technique

Using the Hidden Emotion Technique With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

In this podcast, David and Fabrice answer questions on OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) submitted by three listeners. Is it an organic illness? Are drugs necessary in the treatment? What’s the best book to read if you want to heal yourself? What’s the prognosis?

Drs. Nye and Burns begin by explaining OCD and answering the questions. David emphasizes the importance of using four treatment models when working with OCD—the cognitive model, the motivational model, the exposure model, and the hidden emotion model if you are hoping for a rapid and complete elimination of symptoms. Treatment that focus on only one treatment method, such as exposure and response prevention, may have only limited success.

He describes his treatment of a medical student named Ralph with classic OCD. Ralph was frequently plagued by the fear he was dying of AIDS; then he’d get so anxious that he’d go to the emergency room and insist on having a blood test for HIV. These always came out negative, and this brought temporary relief, but within a few days Ralph would be worrying about AIDS again and feeling the overwhelming compulsion to get yet another blood test.

The case was especially curious because Ralph was engaged and faithful to his fiancé, so there was no rational reason for him to think he had become infected with the HIV virus. However, he’d tell himself, “Maybe I drew blood on a patient with AIDS and then pricked myself with the needle, and then forgot. And how can I know that this didn’t happen?” This are extremely typical of the kind of obsessions that plague OCD patients. Ralph would torture himself with these thoughts until he succumbed to the urge to get another blood test for AIDS.

Although years of conventional psychotherapy had failed this patient, the Hidden Emotion Technique led to an incredible recovery in just a few minutes during a therapy session. You will find this true story inspiring and amazing! And David provides an even more amazing 40-year follow up report!

In the next Feeling Good Podcast, David and Fabrice will describe more examples of patients with severe OCD who experienced dramatic relief because of David’s Hidden Emotion Technique. This technique can be helpful for all anxiety disorders, and not just OCD. However, David emphasizes that this is just one of many techniques he uses in the treatment of anxious patients. He cautions therapists against thinking three is just ONE best technique for any anxiety disorder, including OCD.

See link to podcast #027: Scared Stiff — The Hidden Emotion Model.


OCD, Magical Thinking, and Thought / Action Fusion

OCD, Magical Thinking, and Thought / Action Fusion

Dr Burns,

Have you ever come across a form of anxiety where people think they have done something just because they had the thought of doing it? For example, I had a friend working in an analytical laboratory, and he was testing tablets which had to be tested in a certain order. He was worried about mixing up two of them and therefore believed he had done this. As a result, he had to get new tablets from the batch and repeat the test causing a great deal of anxiety.

What is the distortion here?



Thank you Shane,

The name of the distortion is Emotional Reasoning, as in “I am so incredibly anxious right now that the danger must be real!” In other words, you reason from your emotions, thinking they reflect reality. Anxious individuals nearly always assume that their anxiety means that the danger is real.

Depressed individuals also do this. They think, “I feel hopeless, so I must BE hopeless.” Or, “I feel like a loser, so I must really be worthless.”

Emotional Reasoning is misleading because our emotions result from our thoughts—and not from what is actually happening. And if your thoughts are distorted, your feelings will not reflect reality any better than the curved mirrors in amusement parks that make your image look weird.

Other distortions in this case include Fortune Telling—telling yourself something awful is about to happen when there is no evidence. All anxiety results from this distortion. For example, if you have a fear of flying, you are probably telling yourself that if you get on a plane, there’s a good chance it will run into turbulence and crash.

The problem you described in your friend is common in individuals struggling with Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD)—the obsession is the thought that something awful is about to happen, and the compulsion is the ritual or habit you engage in to try to undo the danger. A common example is people who drop a letter in the mail box, and then they check over and over to make sure the letter has actually dropped into the mail box.

This belief something awful might happen just because you are thinking about it is also called Thought / Action Fusion by some experts. In other words, you believe that just because you are thinking something, it will happen. This explains the resistance that many anxious individuals have to using Exposure, which is crucial to effect treatment. They think if they allow themselves to think of something awful, and become anxious, something awful will happen. This is, of course, superstitious nonsense, but humans, for some reason, have a strong urge to be superstitious and to believe in things that cannot possibly be true!

You can also think of this Magical Thinking—you believe that if you are thinking about some awful outcome, and feeling extremely worried, then the thing you fear might really happen. Magical Thinking is very common in all forms of anxiety. For example, you may tell yourself that if you worry enough about an upcoming test, you’ll work hard and get a good grade. You may also tell yourself that if you were cured of your performance anxiety, then your performance in school would deteriorate. That is another one of the biggest reasons that anxious individuals so often resist treatment. On the one hand, they are suffering, but at the same time, they are convinced that the anxiety is protecting them from something awful.

Hope this helps!