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Anxiety Road Podcast

Welcome to the Anxiety Road Podcast, the involuntary journey finding treatment options for people that have anxiety or panic attacks and related disorders. This podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in the podcast is intended to be a substitute for medical or mental health treatment.

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ARP 353 - ADAA Online Support Groups
This is a pebble in the road about the ADAA On-line Support Group.    Sometimes you need to connect to an actual human being. Or a group of people that share your problem or have similar questions.    Lots of things happening and I'm trying to adjust to them. In future episodes, probably starting with this one, there will be a transcript available. It will be 90% accurate. If your podcast player supports transcripts, it should be visible.   Meaning, that most of what I mention in the episode is present but after I do a bit of editing, tweaking and finding out that I made a big honking mistake it might be a little different.   It is the right thing to do but I have to find a way to consistently do it. And then go back and do it for the older episodes as well.    It is humbling. So many typos and lapses of thought.    Yikes.   If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) has a support community using the HealthUnlocked service. You must first sign into the group.    Please create a second email or alias email. In my opinion, using Google or Facebook logins can lead to cookies and tracking. This could expose you to multiple ads and undesired communication. Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
05:54 4/3/24
ARP 352 - Breathing Necklaces or Buyer Beware
In this episode a look at breathing necklaces, which are supposed to help you control your breathing. These things irk me. It isn't that they don't have a purpose. But you don't need them.   It is ok to want one or have it around your neck as a touchpoint or you really do understand how to use them. That is what I wanted to communicate in the recording.   I had to cut a lot of stuff out of the episode. I was going on and on about anxiety gizmo advertorials in traditional and on-line magazines.     Somebody told them about affiliate links and the blurring of editorial and advertising content.  Some of them did not get the memo on the correct way to do this.   A lot of blurring and smudging going on. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  National Health Service has a page on breathing exercises for stress.   From Harvard Health Publishing, Relaxation techniques: Breath control helps quell errant stress response.   From Mindful Magazine and their website, an audio recording of a 12-minute 4--7-8 breathing practice.    Every Mind Matters - NHS 2 minute-ish Breathing Practice   Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
07:33 3/20/24
ARP 351 Anxiety and Imposter Syndrome
For some of us, imposter syndrome is an anxiety generator.  It goes to the heart of feeling worthy, being competent or having the right to be in a particular space.   Doing this episode made me feel like an imposter. I can hear slurred words, tangents and howlers of editing.    But here is the thing.  I don't allow it to keep me from trying and doing. Sure, I could not do the show. Or hire and editor. Or let a freaking non-human try to emulate my speech patterns.    I need to do this in order to get better. And it might take another eight years for that to happen. I have the time.    If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  There is a short TED-X explainer video called What is imposter syndrome and how can you combat it?   National Public Radio has a 2021 Life Kit piece on 5 Steps to Shake Imposter Syndrome.   Helpguide.org article on Imposter Syndrome, causes, types and coping tips.   A Guide to Impostor Syndrome—and Overcoming It from McLean Hospital Essentials page   Kim Menninger has a podcast called The Impostor Syndrome Files. You can find it on Apple podcast or almost any other podcast directory.   Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy or any book vendor. Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
08:41 3/6/24
ARP 350 When An Attack Sneaks Up on You
There is a spectrum of decisions between I can and I can't. Part of our healing journey is to understand the concept of acceptance.    A video popped up called "A Panic Attack Ended My Winter Backpacking Trip" from the Miranda Goes Outside!! YouTube channel.    I absolutely wanted to view that video. Spent a chunk of it nodding in agreement. Not to mention that I learned a little bit about not sleeping under a tree if there is snow.   I felt validated in that there is actual video proof of the experience in real life. Sometimes you can move past it. Sometimes you can't.   So I wanted to address that aspect of that experience with a few resources to help folks understand some of the concepts about acceptance and self-care.    I'm not going camping anytime soon. I need plumbing and an assurance of no bear contact.    I like bears.   I respect bears. Don't need to see one in the wild.     If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  On the Positive Psychology website there is a explainer on What is Self-Acceptance? Please be aware that the site is designed for behavioral health folks, but it is easy for most people to read. There is a lot of text on the page, I'd read it a section at a time. Psychology Today 2018 blog post on how to practice acceptance    If you lean toward a stoic point of view, there is The Philosophy of Everything blog page on the philosophy of acceptance.   The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, by Christopher Germer, PhD. The publisher is The Guilford Press and you can find the book at almost any off and on-line book vendor. The link is to the vendor's publisher's web site.   Dr. Germer has his own website where he has a page on meditations on self-compassion. You can download the mp3 file to your device or listen to it on the website.   Mindful.org page on self-compassion and writing a love letter to yourself.     Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
08:08 2/22/24
ARP 349 Quick Look at Xaia Mental Health Companion VR App
Treatment options are evolving and this one is a pip. An expensive one, but it might be just what is needed in the middle of  a cold dark night of the soul.   Xaia aka eXtended reality Artificially Intelligent Ally is designed to work with the Apple Vision Pro.VR device.   You can talk with it. Share your concerns and get feedback about your issues. That is the topic for a quick look at the mental health support VR app. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  Marques Brownlee review of the Apple Vision Pro and his take about some of the pros and cons about this product. He brings up really good points.    Xaia from VRx Health. You can read about the device and learn about the creators and the FAQ.   Wired article about Apple and digital privacy concerns.    And from the Mozilla Foundation, are mental health apps better at privacy in 2023?   Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
13:03 2/14/24
ARP 348 - Bear Grylls App and Men's Mental Health Resources
In 2024, of the things we have to change is the active cultural block against men seeking mental health treatment. We don't have time for it.    All hands on deck or at least pull the ropes trying to point the ship in the right direction.    This episode is a little different because it is resource focus. Go to Helpguide.org to learn about therapy or to Heads Up Guys to learn about stress. Or use the Mettle app from Bear Grylls.   What I don't want you to do is suffer, grit your teeth and take it. Because that is causing some good people to reconsider their time on the planet.    If the assholes won't go, why should you?   Just saying.   In this episode, a look at a few men's mental health resources. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  U.S. National Institute of Mental Health page on Men and Mental Health and their page on What is Anxiety? Infographic from Mental Health America about Mental Health for Men   The Canadian website called Heads Up Guys have self-guided courses on anxiety, mindfulness and depression topics. It is a project of the University of British Columbia. The site has a lot of information dealing with depression, with roadmaps, stress management tips and more.   The Anxiety and Depression Association has a dedicated page on anxiety that includes statistics, symptoms and links to other pages about treatment options.   Adventure Bear Grylls is the co-founder of a new mental health app for men. It is called Mettle. You can find more information at the app website https://bemettle.com/   Australian Beyond Blue gateway page about men and mental health topics.   UK Mental Health Foundation page on Why Men Don't Talk About Mental Health   ARP Episode 161 Finding a Therapist, contains a list of therapists directories.    Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
09:51 1/31/24
ARP 347 - Ottawa Personal Decision Guide
There are a lot of decisions that you have to make when you are seeking treatment. Hopefully you find a good doctor or a mental health professional to guide you though the process. Those are aspirational goals by the way. You might run into a doc that just wants to give you medication and then report back in four weeks.    Or you can't find or afford a provider in your area. I would suggest that you take some time and work on a decision guide as to what you want and don't want concerning your treatment.    This can mean getting a physical and diagnostic test to rule out another cause for your symptoms.   Or reviewing therapists to figure out the behavioral treatment options. Do you want short term or an extended treatment process? In person or virtual care?   A decision guide can help you plan out what you want and need to navigate the process. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resource Mentioned:  The Ottawa Personal Decision Guide can help you organize your thoughts about a decision you need to make about your treatment options. Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
03:14 1/24/24
ARP 346 - Breathing Practice Using Fidget Spinners
In January, you often hear about the aspirational pledges. No shopping. No drinking alcohol.  Go vegan or as close to it as you can get. My year round goal is to get folks at a basic level to take time to breath. Slow it down. Chill as in being quiet. Not as in ice baths.    Me in a former incarnation; "Nuts to you, I breath all of the time. I still have symptoms." Future me: "Yeah, you dope. You also drink six cans of Coke or Dr. Pepper a day. Your diet is atrocious (but very tasty) and your rocking at best five hours of sleep a night.   Fortunately, former me studied at the school of hard knocks that the body need clean fuel, time to regenerate and making time on the daily to slow it down and practice breathing. And yes, give up the carbonation with the caffeine chaser. So in this episode, if you happen to have a fidget spinner or fidget ring then dig it out and try this breathing practice. If you don't have one, no worries you can do it with a pebble, pen or pencil or small palm sized object. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  SAMSHA Disaster Distress Hotline is 1–800–985–5990 for voice or text calls. You can also access the Incidents of Mass Violence page to learn more about it, the symptoms and other resources.  Mindful.org has a beginners guide to understanding and using meditation. For some people, meditation is a vital part of the treatment process. Please understand there are multiple ways to meditate. There is a text and audio version on the site.   Hands on Meditation YouTube channel with a beginners practice cycle.    If you are truly pressed for time, there is Dr. All Mattu 40 seconds of a breathing practice.   There is a short 2:30-ish beginners practice from Hand’s On Meditation.    Cleveland Clinic page on How to do the 4-7-8 Breathing exercise. It goes into more detail on the why it works and some variations to improve the effects of the practice.    National Institute of Mental Health PDF on I'm So Stressed Out Fact Sheet.  Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.    
11:13 1/17/24
ARP 345 Ideophobia or Fear of Ideas
With all of the book banning in the United States, a person could make a case that some sections of the country has ideophobia or the fear of ideas.  Might also be bibliophobia. In this episode, a quick look at the definition of Ideophobia. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:    Mind.org.uk Causes of Phobias self-help guide.   https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/phobias/causes-of-phobias/    Mental Health America has an information page about phobias, the types of phobias and the treatment option of cognitive behavioral therapy.   From the UK National Health Service, a self-help guide to phobias, what they are and what you can do about them.  ADAA has on-line communities where you can communicate with other people that have your experience share their stories, experiences and there are mental health professionals that post helpful resources.   Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
09:40 1/3/24
ARP 344 Diabetes and Anxiety
If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes and anxiety or depression, you have to deal with both conditions at the same time. It is a challenge but not impossible. There are resources and options to help you deal with treatment.    This is just a quick mention of some of those resources that could be of assistance to you or someone you know.  If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  American Diabetes Association Behavioral Health Toolkits for folks with Diabetes who might be experiencing anxiety.   American Diabetes Association Mental Health Directory   U.S. Centers for Disease Control page on 10 Tips for Coping with Diabetes Distress and Diabetes and Mental Health  Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
04:45 12/27/23
ARP 343 Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families
In this episode, a look at adult people that grew up in an addictive or dysfunctional family. Because if you did, there is a good chance you might have an anxiety condition or a related mental health problem.   How do you get to be an adult child of a dysfunctional family. There are many pathways.    Many are raised in an abusive or addictive family. Others are raised in a generational trauma system.    Some people are raised by adults who do not have a clue about how to be a parent because they were never taught or exposed to a healthy, stable or loving environment.   It isn't about poverty or wealth. Education is not a guarantee of being a good parent. Nor religion or faith. Or the lack of it.    It helps, but if you have taking a glance at the news, a Utah woman with a social media following pled guilty to committed serious crimes against two of her children.   In 2034 they will become members of Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  Maria Shriver's Sunday Paper conversation with Dr. Uma Naidoo about her new book on the gut, brain food connection and nutritional psychiatry On that page you can find a link to the book at Bookshop.org or by visiting the doctor's website. U.S. Center for Disease Control page about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with definitions and additional resources.    Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation post on Adult Children of Alcoholics information page.   Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families World Service where you can get more information about how it works, resources and virtual and real world meeting community fellowship experiences.   Therapy Dave has a article about ACDFs and an information sheet that list some of the core beliefs dysfunctional behavior that can happen in adulthood.   Kati Morton is a licensed therapist that has a YouTube channel. She has an episode about 10 Effects of Growing Up with an Alcoholic or Addict Parent     Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
12:00 12/25/23
ARP 342 Adverse Childhood Experiences aka ACEs
I did an episode about ACEs a long time ago. It was okay but I know a bit more now.    At the time I said something to the effect, "Childhood isn't easy even in the best of families, but what if your family of origin contributed to your current condition? I'm not saying that it has, but what if it did?"   That part was ok but listening to it now I did not fully define it or give examples.    When you know better, you do better. This is probably a three part series about childhood events that might have contributed to an anxiety condition.    If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has Fast Facts: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences   ACEs Awareness is a California project to screen children for indicators of ACE events. There is a Healthy Way to Manage Stress pdf handout that offers suggestions on how to manage stress, such as be kind to yourself, set goals and start small.    Therapist Erik Bohlin handout list of Symptoms from Dysfunctional Families.   Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
13:13 12/13/23
ARP 341 Sour Candy and Symptom Management
So in this episode I wanted to put a bit more context as to why sucking sour candy could work to stop panic attacks. Or not. Or not for the long term.   Here is how it started. I have news feeds for anxiety. This story popped up.   Delish is a food recipe and kitchen gadget website. I've seen videos on YouTube. I was confused when I saw the story about sour candy and panic attacks.   It didn't match their usual beat. Sometime that can lead to good stuff. Like a fishing website that reviews a movie about Vets, fishing and PTSD.    It isn't an instant reject for me unless it is one of those way past NC-17 websites, but my radar is on high alert.    Publisher these days they need to draw people to the website. Delish saw a fit with there mission. They did have a series called Suck It Up. They would ask celebrities questions and if they refused to answer they would have to eat an increasing strong sour candy.    So this was in the Delish wheelhouse. Kinda. They got the story from Tik Tok.   USA Today did a story with more info from mental health professionals. That is how Delish found out about it.   As far as our neck of the woods is concern, this could be thought of as a form of grounding or interrupting the signals that generated the panic attack.    There are a lot of them. It is not treatment.   Nope. Not at all.    But it might give you time to breath, get out of the room or recalibrate.   So in this episode I wanted to put a bit more context as to why it could work and how there are limits to how effective it can be.      If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:    Anxiety and Stress Disorders and a guide on Stress Management from Harvard Health Publications.    Tips to Manage Your Stress and Anxiety from ADAA.org The company that produces Warheads is called Impact Confections. You can get an idea of some of their candy products. This is not an endorsement, there are other companies that have sour and extreme sour candies and drinks. Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
07:15 12/6/23
ARP 340 Cannabis and Cruising Do Not Mix
I don't know if I'll ever go on a cruise ship. The only part that really interest me is tasting a wide variety of food in a short amount of time. Plus my anxiety about riding on a human petri dish would get the best of me and cause all kinds of embarrassment. Not to mention that there are hundreds of people around and having to move as a pack once you arrive for an excursion.   Gives me the shivers. Anyway, there is a recent news story about a person kicked off a ship because of CBD Gummies.   Those of an anxious nature need to know that you cannot travel on cruse ships that have a U.S. port with any form of marijuana or medicinal products derived from that substance. Under U.S. federal law, it is still illegal. And federal law supersede your local state law.    You can be fined. You can be arrested. Or worse, lose all that money you paid to cruise in the first place.   And that is just in a U.S. port. Don't even think about doing it oversees.  In this episode a heads up about not bring cannabis products on the ship.  If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:    Carnival Cruise Lines Tobacco and Smoking Policy $500 fine per incidence and the possibility of being kicked off the ship. Norwegian Cruise Line Guest Conduct Policy Illegal drugs or substances will be confiscated and appropriate action taken, which may include removal from the ship and involvement of appropriate authorities.    Royal Caribbean has a Guest Health Safety and Conduct Policy in multiple languages. Way down at the bottom is the prohibited items section. Marijuana, even in its medicinal form or for medicinal purposes, shall be prohibited.    Virgin Voyages Prohibited Items List.    Prior episodes: ARP 297 What is Hemp Oil and CBD Oil? ARP 298 Uses of Hemp Seed Oil and CBD Oil ARP 299 Buying CBD Oil via Retail Markets Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
06:57 11/21/23
ARP 339 - You Need to Change Your Ways
You made it over the first hurdle. You know you have a problem.  You might have even gone to the doctor or your health provider to obtain help. They might have set you up with pills or talk therapy.   And that is a far as you got. You take the meds but you are still drinking.   Or eating high sugar or caffeinated beverages.   Babe, you gotta make some changes. Ones that you do not want to make but you have to do it.   The resource this week is a movie that covers a lot of anxiety topics. It is a primer on how not to handle your symptoms.   Sometimes a fictional movie about a real man can be very informative.  And can help you stay out of the hospital.   If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  1979 All that Jazz movie trailer - if you don't like musicals or you don't have two hours to invest in the movie. It is a good movie but for some people, the just don't have the time. Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
05:30 11/15/23
ARP 338 Anxiety in Your Guts and Symptom Tracking Apps
There is a term called visceral anxiety. According to various sources, it isn't a medical term but more of a description of feeling anxiety in the lower center of your body. We are talking about the gastrointestinal track.  For some with anxiety it is a persistent problem of pain in the stomach, being gassy or bloated. Or feeling queasy each and every day. (Pregnant people excepted).   Now life happens, you get sick and have those symptoms. Or something you've eaten truly does not agree with your body.   That isn't necessarily anxiety related.   However, if you have constant problems in your gut area AND you have been reviewed by a medical doctor to rule out other health problems then it could be anxiety.    It could be anxiety. And no amount of Maalox or Pepto Bismol is going to fix it. In this episode, a brief look at gut symptoms and symptom tracking to monitor what is ginning you up.    If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  ADAA.org page on How to Calm an Anxious Stomach: The Brain-Gut Connection   MySymptoms app that can track a wide variety of symptoms. This app was originally created for people that have Irritable Bowl Syndrome but has features that can apply to some anxiety conditions. Bearable app to help you track your symptoms. Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
06:32 11/1/23
ARP 337 - When the World Is Crazy We Worry
Worry is powerful, it can dishearten you and have you see nothing but shades of gray. There are techniques that even anxious people can use to reduce the amount of worry and get on with the business of the day.    I've been around a few spins around the sun. There have been very few times when things haven't been crazy on this planet. Especially with humans having access to weapons.   Gasses me up just to think about it. The only people and industries happy about current events are profiteers and weapon makers.    Which is why you have to be careful about making global statements. Even in the bleakest of times, somebody on Earth is happy.   Many of us with anxiety conditions have excessive amounts of worry.  In this episode, a very basic look at some of the tools we can use to help us take it down a bit so that we can function and get on with the day.   If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  Paradise Paradox Movie Trailer and the Home page of the movie website.   From the UK NHS,  a video from Every Mind Matters on how to process worry. Good suggestions and techniques like the worry tree example.   From Helpguide.org How to Stop Worrying and End Anxious Thoughts with more techniques you can use.   Mayo Health Clinic Symptoms page on 11 Tips for Coping with an Anxiety Disorder because we need to actively deal with it.    From Adams Media, The No Worries Workbook, 124 Lists, Activities, and Prompts to Get Out of Your Head—and On with Your Life! By Molly Burford. Adams Media is a imprint of Simon and Schuster.   Possible Alternative to What Was Once Known as Twitter   Mastodon and Spoutible   Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
13:46 10/27/23
ARP 336 Anxiety Symptoms and Nicotine
You can be a smoker that has anxiety or a person with an anxiety condition who smokes. Either way it is a bad deal that can not only make your symptoms worse but cause long term harm to your body. In this short pebble in the road episode, some resources to help educate yourself about the problem but some viable resources you can check out to separate yourself from the cigarette or the vape. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  U.S. National Institute of Drug Abuse page on Cigarettes and Other Tobacco products.    Smokefree.gov helps folks kick the tobacco and vape habit by providing information and resources, including a page about stress and smoking.   The American Lung Association has a number of options about quitting smoking. There are groups, online version and self-directed guides.   For California residents only, there is kickitca.org, this is a state of California website that can help users transition from smoking and vaping.  Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
04:25 10/18/23
ARP 335 Beans or Knowledge
I try to keep episodes short and to the point. But sometimes I need to talk about conceptual things that at first, doesn’t seem to have anything to do with anxiety treatment options.  But it does.   I need to talk about beans or knowledge. Or the do before the why. Which I like better but it isn't grammatical. I take comfort that I'm pissing off an A.I. generator.   I know that many people that listen to the podcast like the give it to me straight and let me be on my way aspect of the show.    That is not going to be this episode. I have to talk about non-anxiety things to show the anxiety examples. Might take me a while.  There are anxiety specific resources in the episode.   But I gotta talk about beans first.    So yeah, if you want a short one, wait until next week or dive into the archive.   If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  Supplement Resources:   U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH) consumer page about magnesium and on Vitamin D. There is also a newsletter from NIH called Digging Into Vitamin D.    And the Office of Dietary Supplements FAQ page explains what they are, do you need them and the pro and cons of them.   The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has a post about magnesium and Vitamin D and why they work well together.  Tyler Westley Tik Tok video about taking a friend's suggestion concerning magnesium. .  Dry Beans and Lectin Information:   Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health page on Anti-Nutrients. There is also a link to the problems with Lectins.   Samarian Health Services page on Are Lectins in Plant-based Foods Your Friend or Foe? Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
11:53 10/11/23
ARP 334 Explaining Depression via Games
The American Psychiatry Association defines depression as loss of interest of activities once enjoyed, and that the symptoms must last longer than two weeks before an official diagnosis.   There isn't just one kind of depression and they don't all generate from the same source.    For people that have not experience depression, it is really hard for them to understand. Or they try to related to something that has no relationship to the actual condition.    You can tell they don’t know about when they offer responses like, “you just have to get out of yourself.    So this episode is a two-fer. It is for people that have an anxiety condition that may or may not have a side order of depression. You'll need info on what is is and some of the treatment options.   And, if you need a friend or loved one who doesn't connect with what you are experiencing, there are games and simulations that can help them get a glimmer of understanding.   If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.     Resources Mentioned:    There is a story from New Hampshire Public Radio about a meeting at Dartmouth University with the current and prior Surgeon Generals meeting to talk about the need for ‘stronger communities’ to address mental health crisis.    The Verge article about Google shutting down the podcasting app. Option 1 is to move over to the YouTube Music App. Option 2 is to find another podcasting application.   The American Psychiatric Association has information about depression, the various types and some of the treatment options. There is also a short explainer video to help those that take in information visually.   Helpguide.org post on Depression Symptoms and Warning Signs.   Celeste is a game where Madeline journeys up Celeste Mountain with her anxiety. There is an 8-bit version that can be played on the website. The modern version can be found on various playing devices.   Actual Sunlight, a game/narrative about the experience of depression. You also can find it on Google Play, Nintendo, Switch and other gaming platforms   Depression Quest, old school web based HTML journey of depression and discovery.    The Braaains podcast if you want to know more about that tasty organ known as the brain, mental health issues disability representation. The podcast also shows how the topic is reflected in tv, movies and media.    Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
10:35 10/4/23
ARP 333 Two Simple Meditation Techniques
When things go wrong and you need a break, like when none of your audio software will record and you have to use your phone, you need to take a moment.    Or two. Maybe have dinner as well. Some days you have to find ways to roll with it.    A meditative break can help. That is the topic of this episode.   If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.    Resources Mentioned:  Dharma Homies Virtual Meditation Groups   From the website Self-Compassion.org, Changing your critical self talk.    Tea Meditation Resources:   From a Buddhist perspective, How to Drink a Mindful Cup of Tea on the Lion's Roar website. Gabriela Green post on Tea Meditation: Breathe And Purify Your Mind Eye Restfulness Exercises   Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired page on five eye exercises that prevent digital strain.   Annie Thoa Eye Palming for Clear Vision and Deep Relaxation YouTube Video Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
05:35 9/27/23
ARP 332 Dealing With Jaw Clenching aka Bruxism
Many of us hold our tongues or clench our teeth to protect ourselves from saying what you really want to say. Or feel. And for most of us, that works and we go about our day. But if you are clenching and grinding your teeth on a daily basis there is going to be a problem.    Sometimes with your jaw. Or wearing away your teeth. Or having headaches or something worse.   In this episode, a look at what jaw clenching and teeth grinding and some of the things you can do to reduce the symptoms. The medical term is called bruxism.    I do want to mention that I did not make any references to medication. That is because there can be non-anxiety related forms of bruxism. There can be structural problems with the jaw or mouth.   If that is the source of the problem, then that is more of a dental treatment issue. I'm looking at jaw clenching and teeth grinding from a stress and anxiety point of view.    If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  No Time To Panic: How I Curbed My Anxiety and Conquered a Lifetime of Panic Attacks" By Matt Gutman, who is an ABC news national chief correspondent. You can listen to a sample of the book at the publisher web site.   National Public Radio 1A podcast interviewed Matt Gutman and talked about his experiences having panic attacks on the air. It is a 36-minute conversation.  The Journal of the American Dental Association page on Bruxism has a patient PDF that you can download. It explains what it is and what you can do about it. Colgate Bruxism Exercises to Reduce Teeth Grinding. All about BRUXISM  via Dentalk! on YouTube.    Sleep Foundation page about Bruxism. Sleep Foundation is not associated with the non-profit National Sleep Foundation. This company is in the business of selling sleep products. That being said, they do have factual information regarding sleep issues.   Healthline jaw exercise post with gifs to show you how to do it.   Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
08:56 9/20/23
ARP 331 Medication Options for Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2023
I’ve done a couple of episodes on generalized anxiety disorder, sometimes referred to as GAD. However, there have been changes to some of the medication treatment options.   And there are new options that did not exist in 2016 or 2018 so I thought that I’d catch everyone up on what is going to be current for the foreseeable future.   That is the topic for today's episode. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  How to Tell if Shortness of Breath Is From Anxiety and How to Treat It from Livestrong.com Anxiety and Depression Association of America has a four question screener to help you figure out if you have GAD. The site also has a brochure about what the condition is and some of the treatment options.  The National Institute of Mental Health has a web page and downloadable booklet on Generalized Anxiety Disorder aka GAD. Consumer Version of the Merck Manual pages on General Anxiety Disorder with a short video about GAD.  Prior episode on Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners   Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
11:07 9/13/23
ARP 330 A Look at the Pulsetto VNS Device
I try to stay off of sites like Kickstarter and Indigogo. Too much temptation and even more disappointment. Back in the day, I use to support the up and coming companies.    But I got tired of waiting sometimes month before the product arrived. I have been burned by companies that found out it was hard to be an innovator.   Few days ago, I got an email that I was about to toss in the trash. Looked like spam. Anyway, I found out that it is an actual company that claims to treat anxiety, sleep problems and helping to focus attention.   Supposedly, this is a device that you place on your neck, apply a gel to help you make contact with the Vagus nerve for a tingling session of calm and relaxation.    It has possibilities for some of us that want more non-drug based symptom options. But there are hitches in the giddy-up.    In this episode, a quick look at the Pulsetto VNS device. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  There is a post on SciTechDaily about reducing the amount of social media consumption called Can 30 Minutes a Day Save Your Mental Health?    Excellent Crash Course explainer video on what the Autonomous, Parasympathetic and Sympathetic system is, what it does and how it relates to stress and anxiety.  Chris Haslam at Wired.com review of the Pulsetto device, really good article. HealthInsider post on Pulsetto Review: Can It Improve the Quality of Your Life?   The official Pulsetto website can provide more information if you are interested in this device.   Trust Pilot Reviews of the device.   Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
13:11 8/31/23
ARP 329 Cat Coloring Book as Meditation Practice
The TLDR version: What I do know is that a coloring book could be an opportunity for those who have trouble with some of the traditional concepts of meditation or mindfulness practice.    But be careful about making a purchase. When possible, buy from a human creator.   The much longer version: I insist on being a human being so I still do my own research. Not saying I having dipped a toe or two into the new hyped up gizmo world of ask a question get a possibly faulty answer of A.I.    I have. I think I've learned more about human beings and the the decisions that they are making concerning the use of a service with a raft of ethical considerations tossed to the wind.   Which causes me to have certain types of additional anxiety about what humans do.    In searching for resources for this week's episode I discovered the world of Kindle Digital Publishing (KDP) and stress and anxiety coloring books.  For those that don't know, there is a group of people that produce low content books. These can be lined notebooks, journals, prompt books and yes, coloring books.   These books are very easy to produce. If you have a word processing program you are good to go. Create the book, slap a cover on it and send it to KDP.    There are people that make dang good money doing this. Some are crafts people and true artists. Others jumped on the trend early enough to make a profit with low quality crap.   This is nothing new. Mainstream publishers have been making low content books for years. As in centuries. If you have ever been in a TJ Max or Ross store, you've seen them.    What is new is two things colliding. A subset of people creating "stress or anxiety relief "coloring books for adults and A.I.    These entrepreneur folks are cranking out hundreds of these books using A.I. to make minor variations to name, cover and the appearance of content. There is a tsunami of very low quality book.    I can't tell by looking at the cover who is who. Or if it is a good book for actual use?   Does the coloring book have perforated pages to make it easy to work with? Is it single or double sided? Will there be bleed through?   I'm trying to say, buyer be aware and beware.    What I do know is that a coloring book could be an opportunity for those who have trouble with some of the traditional concepts of meditation or mindfulness practice.    That is the topic of this episode on the summer slowdown. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  Blue Star Coloring Ocean Animal Patterns Coloring Book     Dover Publishing Fifty Favorite Birds Coloring Book By Lisa Bonforte     Rockridge Press adult coloring book Stress Relief Cat Coloring Book, I found this on the Simon and Schuster website.      Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
07:15 8/9/23
ARP 328 Breathing and Humming Resources for Anxiety
I'm on the summer slow down vibe, but there are lots of interesting ways to handle and reduce symptoms. One of those ways is combining a breathing practice with humming. To be clear, I'm talking about the sound that humans make with their mouths. Usually involves the sound "hum". Take the human body, the Vagus nerve and an open mind and you just might have an additional tool to tell the body to relax, there isn't a danger or problem. Might work for you. Might not.  I do know that it is a free, no risk, non-toxic option to try. This is a quick introduction to the topic and a few resources to get you started. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:    There is a post on Verywell Health on Breathing Exercises for Anxiety. If you need visual help in practice breathing there is the Breathe Easy app for iOS and Android. Mayo Clinic Connect post on Humming Your Way to Relaxation. Katie Morton explanation video on 5 Easy Ways to Stimulate the Vagus Nerve.   Video on Humming for Vagus Nerve Stimulation  from Buteyko Clinic Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
04:30 7/19/23
ARP 327 Is It Always Going to Be Like This?
As I mention in the podcast, it is the eight anniversary of the podcast. The need to connect people to the various mental health services  is still necessary. There have been times that my symptoms were stable and I could crank out an episode, no problem.   But there are times when I'm at high tide, the symptoms are showing themselves to the public and I can or cannot produce an episode.   Thing is, more often or not, I found a way. Making mistakes. Learning new ideas and concepts. Understanding that treatment is an ever expanding concept.   In 2015 I did not say anything about virtual mental health care. It wasn't on the radar or a minor blip accessible to some people, probably using Skype.   So I still do this podcasting dance with my symptoms and my goals.    Which begs the question, Is it always going to be like this? If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  From the Mayo Clinic, the traditional approach to treating anxiety disorders.  Psychology Today, Why Do People With Anxiety Disorders Avoid Getting Therapy?   Via National Library of Medicine NCBI - Males and Mental Health Stigma   Helpguide.org detailed page about Anxiety Disorders and Anxiety Attacks.    From Travel & Leisure Magazine How to Support an Anxious Flier, According to Experts Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
12:40 7/9/23
ARP 326 - More About PTSD Resources
It is the start of the summer slowdown where I'll post less often as I try to catch up on my sleep and elocution skills. I've been talking a lot lately and I can hear multiple imperfections.  Really a bad idea to do five things at the same time.    Anyway, last week's error has created this episode. As a standing warning. Never upgrade as you are working on a project. I've gotten away with it before but not last week. It destroyed my audio file. Totally my fault. I knew better but didn't do better.   This week is the definition of PTSD and some but not all of the accessible resources you might want to check out if you don't know about the condition. If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  Mending the Line  Blue Sky Entertainment official movie trailer on YouTube.   Field and Stream interview with director Joshua Caldwell about the movie and the challenges in bring it to the screen. PTSD Resources Books   For African Americans, there is a book called The Pain We Carry, Healing from Complex PTSD for People of Color. by Natalie Y. Gutierrez and published by New Harbinger Publications.   Very Well Mind List of Books About PTSD   National Institute of Mental Health information page about PTSD, you can download the NIH booklet. The Center has podcast called PTSD Bytes where you can get small audio chunks of information about the condition and tips for handling it.    Audio/Video   The Veterans Administration has a short whiteboard video that explains the basics of PTSD for military folk.  Psych2Go has an explainer video on Complex PTSD or C-PTSD.   This is a link to the Audible.com search page on audiobooks that deal with PTSD topics.   The podcast Talking Later Veteran Stories of Late Life PTSD. You can listen via Spreaker or Apple Podcast   Informational   What are the symptoms of PSTD from ADAA.org. There is also a ADAA.org PTSD support group that you can join to ask questions or share concerns.    Helpguide.org page on what is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and your treatment options. This site also has veteran specific information and has info on the various types of PTSD.  Psychology Today post on Conquer Anxiety, One Small Step at a Time, A solution-focused approach to overcoming fear, worry, and stress. Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  
09:27 6/25/23
Minding the Line and the Dog Ate My Homework
After missing last week, I was determined to get an episode up.  I recording and edited it. The SOS software decided to garble my speech.  And then it stopped working. So I turned to my phone and made something happen. It ain't pretting but I dood it. This is a quick look at the new movie called Minding the LIne, which is a fictional movie about fly fishing, PTSD and coping as best you can.  I'll get the rest of the episode re-jiggered and try again.  I might have to miss an episode or two, it is getting hectic at Amalgamated Salt and Brimstone and some times you have to yield to the sulfur.  
05:18 6/14/23
ARP 324 Dealing with Symptoms
It has been a while since I’ve mentioned this; the focus on the podcast is for folks that have been medically diagnosed with an anxiety condition or disorder.    However, all are welcome. The over-stressed, the somewhat anxious or those that are up against it and don’t know what to do.   Everybody has anxiety. That is normal and necessary. We need it for our personal safety and awareness that there is a possible problem or danger. Anxiety’s job is to bring awareness. Not a good thing or a bad thing.    For some of us, our anxiety alert system is out of whack. Our brain is on constant high alert. There are symptoms that are hard to control.   That is the topic of this episode. How do you deal with your symptoms?   If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741. Resources Mentioned:  National Institute of Mental Health definition page on Anxiety Disorders. They also have downloadable booklets on: Generalized Anxiety Disorder  Panic Disorders  Social Anxiety Disorder  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.   Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) FAQ page on Anxiety, the types of anxiety, treatment options and additional resources.   American Lung Association video on Pursed Lip Breathing technique.   Very Well Mind page on 9 Breathing Exercises to Calm Anxiety.   Harvard Health Page on Foods Linked to Better Brain Power.   ARP 216 has examples of books about the brain/gut connection aka nutrition.   Five Minute Meditation Practice via Greater Good in Action/UC Berkeley   UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) meditations exercises in different languages. Disclaimer:  Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder. This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
12:01 6/1/23

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