Anxiety Rx

Russell Kennedy

I am an anxious doctor. Or at least I WAS an anxious doctor. After literally decades of suffering from intractable anxiety, and seeing over 50 different types of healers I found my way to heal my anxiety through very unconventional (for a medical doctor at least) means. In 2013 I was so anxious I considered suicide and a friend suggested I try LSD, and although that scared the crap out of me it showed me the path to healing. You don't have to do LSD to heal, I took it for you! I'm a medical doctor, neuroscientist and intuitive. (I know, common combination!) I found my way out and it is counterintuitive and very non conventional (but not scary!). I will show you the way out too, you just have to listen to me, dammit! read less
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How Does Anxiety Drive Addiction?
1w ago
How Does Anxiety Drive Addiction?
In this episode, we’re diving headfirst into the complex world of anxiety and addiction. Believe it or not, these two are often best friends. I’ll break down how anxiety can lead to addiction as a way to cope with those deep-seated fears and emotional wounds we all carry. We’ll explore the differences between how men and women experience addiction, and the ways substances change our brains. And let’s not forget about the role of shame in all this. But don’t worry, this isn’t just a doom and gloom session. I’ll share my perspective on how therapy and self-awareness can be powerful tools to break free from the cycle of addiction. Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3700+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS 00:00 - Introduction 01:11 - Men and Addiction 02:26 - Effects of Addiction 03:32 - Alarms and Shame 05:59 - Connection and Addiction 09:45 - Gender and Addiction 10:57 - Childhood Trauma and Addiction 13:27 - Self-Connection and Vulnerability 16:01 - Therapy and Self-Connection 18:22 - Internal Dialogue and Defectiveness 20:35 - Selfish Nature and Generosity 21:55 - Losing Oneself in People Pleasing 23:01 - Awareness of People Pleasing Addiction 24:05 - Understanding Addiction and Self-Love 25:09 - Gradual Healing 26:13 - Empowerment Through Self-Connection
Understanding Anxiety in Men
07-07-2024
Understanding Anxiety in Men
Hey everyone, Dr. Russ Kennedy here! Today on the AnxietyRX Podcast, we're tackling a topic that's close to my heart: anxiety in men and boys. We all see it, right? Guys seem to just bottle everything up. But here's the thing - anxiety doesn't discriminate! In this episode, I'm gonna explain why even though some guys might seem cool as a cucumber, they could be silently freaking out. We're gonna unpack how society basically tells men to "toughen up" and "be a man", not exactly helpful advice when you're feeling anxious. We'll dig into why guys might be hesitant to reach out for help, and how these patterns often start when they're just young boys. I'm gonna share some tips on how to build better support networks for the men in your life, and how to have real conversations that go beyond the usual "man up" routine. This episode is a must-listen if you want to understand the men in your life better. Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3700+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS 00:00 - Introduction 01:08 - Early Signs of Anxiety in Males 02:17 - Men's Avoidance of Anxiety 03:18 - Coping Mechanisms 04:15 - Impact of Anxiety on Men's Mental Health 05:26 - Substance Use and Coping Strategies 06:41 - Challenges of Seeking Help 07:50 - Fatherhood and Anxiety 09:06 - Men's Groups and Support 10:13 - Addressing Male Vulnerability 11:42 - Men's Mental Health and Connection 13:00 - Coping Strategies and Intention for Change 15:20 - Scatter Joy Project
Healing and Transformation with MDMA Therapy
23-06-2024
Healing and Transformation with MDMA Therapy
Hey everyone, Dr. Russ here! On this episode of AnxietyRX, we're diving into some cutting-edge therapy – MDMA therapy! I'll be chatting with Jonathan Robinson, who's had amazing results using it to treat anxiety and past trauma. We'll talk about how MDMA can open you up to love, connection, and heal those deep emotional wounds way faster than traditional therapy sometimes can. Plus, we'll cover how to make this a safe and powerful experience, including things like integration and keeping a positive mindset. It's all about healing, love, gratitude, and why believing in the process is key. Let's unlock some amazing possibilities together! Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3600+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS 00:00 - Introduction 00:35 - Personal experience with MDMA therapy 02:14 - Limitations of traditional therapy 04:43 - Benefits of MDMA therapy 06:45 - Accessing the feeling state in therapy 10:32 - Integration of MDMA therapy 16:42 - Challenges of traditional therapy and medications 22:20 - Procedure for MDMA therapy 23:37 - Integration session after MDMA journey 24:47 - Challenges in changing habits 25:46 - Benefits of MDMA therapy 30:12 - Tools for consistent well-being 35:22 - Gratitude as an antidote for anxiety 41:15 - MDMA therapy for couples and inner transformation 44:22 - MDMA Therapy Benefits 44:41 - Downsides of MDMA 46:22 - Biochemical Effects of MDMA 47:23 - Contradictions and Medication 49:29 - Personal Impact of MDMA 50:09 - MDMA Training and Community
Finding Harmony: The Impact of Sound and Vibration Therapy on Inner Calmness
16-06-2024
Finding Harmony: The Impact of Sound and Vibration Therapy on Inner Calmness
Hey everyone, Dr. Russ here! In this episode, I'm teaming up with Craig Goldberg to talk about something we all deal with – anxiety and stress. I'm so interested in Craig's journey. He discusses his transition from a stressful lifestyle to finding solace in sound healing, explaining the science behind brainwave states and the therapeutic potential of vibration and how it connects to your whole body – mind, body, and spirit! We'll also talk about how our childhood experiences can shape us, and how combining what you learn with a little bit of spirituality can be a powerful recipe for inner peace. So, if you're ready to ditch the jitters and find your calm, this episode is for you! Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3600+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS 00:00 - Introduction 04:44 - Connection and Isolation 09:07 - Mind-Body Connection 13:40 - Life Changes and Stress 16:55 - The impact of lifestyle changes and sound therapy 22:06 - The role of sound and vibration in relaxation 28:59 - Connecting with the younger self through music 31:55 - The science and impact of vibro-acoustic therapy 35:37 - The importance of downtime and rest 39:27 - Reflection and Integration with Sound 41:34 - Spirituality and Healing 44:56 - Sound Therapy and Psychedelics 46:55 - Feeling and Resonating with Spirit
Q&A with Dr.Russ Part 4/4
09-06-2024
Q&A with Dr.Russ Part 4/4
Welcome to Part Four of a four-part Q&A series, where I respond to questions from my MBRX students.  From the most asked to the not-so-common, these answers are packed with insights that can really shift your perspective.  My team has created a super handy resource that lists all the questions I answered in this episode, along with their timestamps. This way, you can skip straight to the questions that interest you without having to listen/watch the entire episode.  To access this PDF, click the link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iW4d3wHbjc1ljbjP1aOaaFZ2GBRzq-e8/view?usp=sharing You can also watch this episode on YouTube with subtitles here: https://youtu.be/qWq-3LGH1pE Your BIGGEST supporter [after yourself], Dr. Russ Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd PS. These questions were from my MBRX students, if you would like to join MBRX, my program on healing anxiety permanently, click here: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS 00:00 - Introduction to Q&A Question 16 00:46 - How do you truly let go of the hurt in you heart and soul from the past trauma? Question 17 07:50 - I have been doing the yoga nidra practice 2-3/week for the past 2 months and only have had a roughly 10% improvement in anxiety symptoms. Is there any hope for me to improve? Question 18 12:30 - Your program works very well and the more yoga nindra I do and resistance meditation the better I am. Will I always have to do it? When will I be able to stop thinking about my childhood or is that ignoring my younger self? Question 19 22:05 - What are your thoughts on microdosing psychedelics over using conventional medication for anxiety work? Question 20 25:22 - I feel like there is still a lack of trust in myself. How can I prepare to really go out into the world again?
Q&A with Dr.Russ Part 3/4
02-06-2024
Q&A with Dr.Russ Part 3/4
Welcome to Part Three of a four-part Q&A series, where I respond to questions from my MBRX students.  From the most asked to the not-so-common, these answers are packed with insights that can really shift your perspective.  My team has created a super handy resource that lists all the questions I answered in this episode, along with their timestamps. This way, you can skip straight to the questions that interest you without having to listen/watch the entire episode.  To access this PDF, click the link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YfzGhAq8fGOC5GwCGegU1hgN4U6QRxGI/view?usp=sharing You can also watch this episode on YouTube with subtitles here: https://youtu.be/cYMTEuTsJqE Your BIGGEST supporter [after yourself], Dr. Russ Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd PS. These questions were from my MBRX students, if you would like to join MBRX, my program on healing anxiety permanently, click here: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS 00:00 - Introduction to Q&A Question 10 00:46 -Are physical alarm in the body, the inner child, and the ego all the same person or different people? Question 11 05:06 - The concept of 'ego' and how it seems in Buddhism and yoga to be almost a 'bad part. Question 12 09:01 - You talk about needing to “process emotions”, can you talk about what exactly that means. What does that look like? Question 13 20:21 - My nervous system reacts quite strongly to all the global crisis we are facing as mankind. How can I help my nervous system to still feel connected to others? Question 14 24:07 - In the MBRX program, you reference the mantra sensation without explanation. Can you speak a little bit to those two approaches which seem to be radically different. Question 15 29:08 - How can I heal Emetophobia?
Q&A with Dr.Russ Part 2/4
26-05-2024
Q&A with Dr.Russ Part 2/4
Welcome to Part Two of a four-part Q&A series, where I respond to questions from my MBRX students.  From the most asked to the not-so-common, these answers are packed with insights that can really shift your perspective.  My team has created a super handy resource that lists all the questions I answered in this episode, along with their timestamps. This way, you can skip straight to the questions that interest you without having to listen/watch the entire episode.  To access this PDF, click the link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Flab5DI1CRXXOhB3s8nyy15wkBFe1hX8/view?usp=sharing You can also watch this episode on YouTube with subtitles here: https://youtu.be/hUoTEO8aIcw Your BIGGEST supporter [after yourself], Dr. Russ Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd PS. These questions were from my MBRX students, if you would like to join MBRX, my program on healing anxiety permanently, click here: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS 00:00 - Introduction to Q&A Question 4 00:45 - Tips on calming your anxiety down in the moment? Question 5 11:54 - Health anxiety is such a struggle for me. It’s a vicious cycle, please help. Question 6 18:28 - Can this same approach help with OCD? Question 7 24:59 - Does MBRX work for everyone? Question 8 31:32 - I have been doing the various meditations, what am I doing wrong? Question 9 35:00 - Do you have any suggestions for whilst I am driving to instill your advice and help me stay calm ?
Q&A with Dr.Russ Part 1/4
19-05-2024
Q&A with Dr.Russ Part 1/4
Welcome to Part One of a four-part Q&A series, where I respond to questions from my MBRX students.  From the most asked to the not-so-common, these answers are packed with insights that can really shift your perspective.  My team has created a super handy resource that lists all the questions I answered in this episode, along with their timestamps. This way, you can skip straight to the questions that interest you without having to listen/watch the entire episode.  To access this PDF, click the link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16nK-rvZTQ5Z7OxxpWrTPVszfHNi6FKan/view?usp=drive_link You can also watch this episode on YouTube with subtitles here: https://youtu.be/hmmYg-RZLzE Your BIGGEST supporter [after yourself], Dr. Russ Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd PS. These questions were from my MBRX students, if you would like to join MBRX, my program on healing anxiety permanently, click here: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS 0:00 - Introduction to Q&A Question 1 01:25 - What is the difference between alarm and symptoms? 04:03 - When I do find the alarm, I think I am identifying it in my throat, but my throat feels like it is closing… Is that a symptom or alarm? 09:17 - How does that work with other symptoms like diarrhea or migraines or foot pain? 10:43 - How do I explain childhood self when she is in the midst of childhood? At what age do you feel it switches? 14:08 - What part of the brain, e.g. frontal lobe, does this come from? 17:53 - How is this different from the id, ego, superego, or lizard brain? Question 2 21:45 - Do you have an opinion on ketamine treatments? Question 3 31:21 - Is agoraphobia something to be managed or is it curable?
The Gap Between You and Your Anxiety: Finding Healing in the Space Between
07-05-2024
The Gap Between You and Your Anxiety: Finding Healing in the Space Between
Hey everyone, Dr. Russ here! This week on The AnxietyRX Podcast, we're diving deep into the world of anxiety – not just the racing thoughts, but the physical sensations too. We'll explore how our bodies actually throw us an "alarm" when we're anxious, and why learning to recognize these signs is key to healing. I'll be sharing my own story about anxiety, and how stuff like social media can seriously stoke the flames. We'll also talk about this concept of "the gap" – that space between feeling anxious and reacting to it. I'll also be teaching you a technique called "objecting without contracting." No fancy jargon here, just a practical way to connect with your inner child and offer some compassion in those anxious moments. By learning to acknowledge and process this internal "alarm," I believe we can completely transform our relationship with anxiety. So, if you're ready to ditch the anxiety cycle and find some healing, this episode is for YOU! Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3600+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS Anxiety as Separation (00:00:01) Alarm in the Body (00:02:36) Impact of Social Media (00:06:12) Managing Alarm (00:09:20) Metabolizing Alarm (00:11:38) Healing Anxiety (00:13:50)
How Can Men Learn to  Be More Emotionally  Present in Fatherhood?
28-04-2024
How Can Men Learn to Be More Emotionally Present in Fatherhood?
Hey Anxiety Fam, Dr. Russ here! This week's episode is for all the amazing dads out there. We're tackling a big one: emotional well-being in fatherhood. Joining me is Ian Abbott, a single dad on a mission to help dads embrace their feelings. We'll chat about the challenges men face, how it impacts kids, and (bonus!) how to break free from those "tough guy" stereotypes. This episode is your invitation to prioritize your emotional health for a stronger, happier family.  Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3600+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ______________________________ TIMESTAMPS Challenges of Fatherhood (00:00:54) Emotional Literacy and Parenting (00:02:23) Personal Journey to Fatherhood Compass (00:02:57) Impact of Emotional Illiteracy (00:05:18) The Importance of Learning Parenting (00:09:43) Men's Emotional Literacy and Parenting (00:11:55) Parenting Challenges and Gender Differences (00:15:52) Impact of Emotional Literacy on Parenting (00:16:56) Unconscious Gender Norms (00:18:26) Crying and Emotional Support (00:18:45) Overcoming Stigma and Finding Support (00:19:44) Positive Changes in Fatherhood (00:21:15) Parenting Dynamics and Emotional Shifts (00:22:24) Emotional Regulation and Parenting (00:24:27) Common Challenges and Anger Management (00:25:24) Self-Care and Seeking Support (00:27:59) Repairing Relationships After Outbursts (00:28:53) Emotional Awareness and Somatic Experience (00:31:51) Understanding Children's Behavior (00:33:33) Emotional Separation and Early Emotional Intelligence (00:36:08) Processing Emotions (00:36:24) Parenting Perspective (00:37:08) Coping Strategies (00:37:40) Good-Enough Parenting (00:40:14) Repairing Relationships (00:41:11) Conflict and Intimacy (00:42:09) Embracing Big Feelings (00:43:00) Societal Expectations (00:44:47) Supportive Environments (00:50:13) Conscious Parenting (00:53:46) Course Information (00:54:16) The dad freak out (00:54:39) Confidence in parenting (00:55:32)
You Don't Have To THINK Everything You FEEL
22-04-2024
You Don't Have To THINK Everything You FEEL
Hey everyone, Dr. Russ here. This episode of The AnxietyRX Podcast hits a little closer to home than usual. My mom's health is declining, and on top of that, I've been editing my book. Let's just say my brain is fried. Because of this personal situation, you might notice some bumps in the podcast this week. I apologize in advance, and I truly appreciate your understanding. That being said, the show must go on! And today's topic is something we can all relate to: emotions. You know, those things we sometimes spend way too much time overthinking? Here's the thing: what if the key to feeling better wasn't about overanalyzing every single feeling, but actually allowing ourselves to feel them? There's a power in simply experiencing emotions authentically, without dissecting them to pieces. This episode is for anyone who's tired of being a prisoner of their own thoughts. We'll explore the science behind emotions, but also the real human experience of feeling them.  Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3500+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ------------------------- TIMESTAMPS Allowing Emotions to Be Felt (00:00:01) Compulsive Need to Figure Out Emotions (00:01:03) Curiosity and Compulsive Cognitive Reasoning (00:02:14) Sensation Without Explanation (00:03:21) Pendulum Technique (00:04:29) Alarm Anxiety Cycle (00:05:32) Acclimatizing to Emotions (00:09:03) Equating Emotions with Language (00:12:19)
The Manxiety Podcast: One Mistake Your Parents Made That Created Anxiety Within You
09-04-2024
The Manxiety Podcast: One Mistake Your Parents Made That Created Anxiety Within You
Welcome to another episode of The Manxiety Podcast. This episode's about something close to all our hearts: our kids. We all want them to thrive, but sometimes our good intentions can backfire. You know, like pushing them a little too hard. Dr. Nima explains how we, as parents, can unknowingly fuel anxiety in our little ones. By working through our own stuff, we can build those strong, secure bonds with our kids and ditch the anxiety. We also chat about some cool brain science – confirmation bias (seeing what we want to see) and polyvagal theory (how our nervous system works in relationships). Basically, understanding ourselves is key to raising happy, healthy kiddos. Want to learn more? Dr. Nima is cooking up a workshop called "Connecting to the Anxious Child". Click here for more details: https://go.drnima.com/6qeuz Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3500+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX --------------------------------- TIMESTAMPS 00:53 The Impact of Parenting on Anxiety 01:22 Ego Extension in Parenting 04:02 Creating Secure Attachments 09:03 Breaking the Cycle of Anxiety 14:12 Taking Responsibility as a Parent 19:20 Understanding Confirmation Bias and Self-Perception 20:35 Polyvagal Parenting: Regulating Emotions and Creating Secure Relationships 23:02 The Impact of Childhood Experiences on Parenting 25:58 Preventing Anxiety and Creating Healthy Relationships 31:12 Workshop: Connecting to the Anxious Child
How Can Overcoming Anxiety Help You Become Free?
01-04-2024
How Can Overcoming Anxiety Help You Become Free?
Guess who's joining me this episode? My amazing friend, Amanda Johnson, an author and CEO of Awaken Village Press, the awesome folks who published my very first book! We're getting real about anxiety in this one. Amanda opens up about her own experiences and how her anxiety style (spoiler alert, it's the "worried I'll lose everyone" kind) has impacted her life. Plus, we'll be chatting about that fear of never finishing things – you know, the struggle that keeps us all hitting snooze on those projects, right? So, if you've ever felt overwhelmed by anxiety, this episode is for you! Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3500+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ------------------------- TIMESTAMPS Exploring anxieties and coping strategies (00:01:10) Attachment styles and fear of loss (00:02:09) Understanding non-attachment and freedom (00:11:11) Sensation without explanation (00:14:00) Handling discomfort and uncertainty (00:17:26) Love and Childhood (00:19:15) Energetic Shift and Attraction (00:19:58) Parental Love and Perception (00:21:12) Anxiety and Expectations (00:24:50) Separation Anxiety and Gender Dynamics (00:25:59) Expectations and Vulnerability (00:28:05) Fear of Being Seen (00:29:36) Desires and Expectations (00:32:02) Alarm Anxiety Cycle (00:35:46) The waiting game (00:37:35) Embracing emotions (00:38:30) The journey to freedom (00:41:06) Understanding anxiety and fear (00:44:09) Patterns and self-awareness (00:49:21) Healing and relationships (00:47:31)
How Can Movement Help Heal Trauma and Anxiety?
17-03-2024
How Can Movement Help Heal Trauma and Anxiety?
Welcome to another episode of the Anxiety RX podcast! Today, I'm joined by Erica Hornthal, a dance movement psychotherapist, author of Body Aware and the creator of the Movement Therapy Deck. In our conversation, Erica explores the important connection between movement and mental health. She shares insights into how even the smallest movements can help us break free from anxiety and trauma, emphasizing the importance of meeting our bodies where they are. We delve into the role of movement in trauma recovery and self-discovery, discussing the power of movement rituals to support our well-being. Whether you're seeking relief from anxiety or looking to deepen your mind-body connection, this episode offers valuable insights and practical tips for incorporating movement into your life. Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3100+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX ------------------------- TIMESTAMPS Breaking the anxiety cycle (00:01:43) Interrupting the freeze response (00:04:06) Establishing a secure connection to the body (00:10:34) Primitive rhythms and body regulation (00:11:33) Healing trauma through mind-body connection (00:14:14) Movement precedes cognition (00:15:12) The body as the answer (00:17:47) Society's focus on the mind (00:19:42) The mind-body connection (00:20:12) Trauma and dissociation (00:21:44) Escaping into the mind (00:22:54) Regulating emotions through movement (00:24:52) Disrupting trauma patterns (00:26:08) Re-patterning movement habits (00:28:11) Introspection and emotional alarm (00:30:07) Nonverbal communication and trauma (00:32:59) Healing beyond cognition (00:34:32) Feeling into emotions (00:38:11) Expanding movement repertoire (00:39:52) The importance of expanding movement range (00:40:41) Developing movement patterns for resilience (00:41:45) Conscious movement and re-patterning (00:42:15) Mindful movement and exploring the body (00:44:02) Facing discomfort and expanding the window of tolerance (00:46:42) Utilizing movement to process trauma (00:47:39) Meeting anxiety through movement (00:55:34) Tangible ways to address anxiety and fears (00:58:13)
Setting Boundaries: Your Guide to Healthy Relationships
09-03-2024
Setting Boundaries: Your Guide to Healthy Relationships
Welcome to a combo episode of the AnxietyRX and the Manxiety Podcast! Join me, Dr. Russ Kennedy, and my co-host, Dr. Nima Rahmany, as we dive into the fascinating world of boundaries in interpersonal relationships. In this episode, we define boundaries as vital limits that separate our needs from others', and discuss how setting and communicating them can prevent resentment and foster healthy connections. From understanding trauma responses like fawning to navigating codependency and childhood influences, we cover it all. Ready for some practical wisdom? We wrap up with an exciting announcement about a workshop designed to help you develop secure boundaries and stand up for yourself in relationships.  Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3100+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX The Link for "Fawning to Secure Boundaries" Workshop Event with Dr. Nima: http://go.drnima.com/6qeuz -------------- Timestamps: Differentiating Kindness and Niceness (00:04:20) Defining Boundaries and Their Origins (00:05:51) Impact of Violating Boundaries (00:10:50) Expressing Internal Needs through Boundaries (00:18:10) Setting Boundaries and Integrity (00:21:07) Understanding Clean Communication (00:22:07) Negotiating Boundaries and Repairing Relationships (00:23:11) Codependency and Resentment (00:25:22) Regretting and Changing Boundaries (00:28:32) Making Boundaries About Self (00:35:37) Awareness, Body Connection, and Compassion (00:39:45) Secure Relationships and Authenticity (00:40:43) Embodied somatic relationship to self (00:42:25) Living in the reactive self (00:42:50) Cultivating boundaries and anxiety (00:43:24) Learning awareness and compassion (00:44:17) Workshop on secure boundaries (00:44:31)
Can Hypnosis Help Control Anxiety and Trauma?
03-03-2024
Can Hypnosis Help Control Anxiety and Trauma?
Hey gang! Welcome to another episode of the AnxietyRX Podcast. In the latest episode of my podcast, I had the delightful opportunity to engage in an enlightening conversation with none other than Dr. David Spiegel, a true virtuoso in the realm of hypnosis.  Dr. Spiegel, a Wilson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, is not only a prolific author and researcher but also the co-founder and chief scientific officer of the innovative self-hypnosis app, Reveri. He illuminated the ways in which hypnosis can be a powerful ally in managing anxiety and healing from trauma. Together, we explored the fascinating interplay between the mind and the body, and we spoke about the insula – a critical part of our brain that helps us decide where to focus our attention. Dr. Spiegel recounted an inspiring tale about a patient of his, underscoring the profound importance of feeling empowered in one's own journey toward wellness and self-perception. We delved into the nature of worry, recognizing its intent to safeguard us, yet acknowledging the detrimental impact of self-criticism.  And here's something truly exciting – the app he’s been developing called Reveri, harnesses the power of hypnosis to tackle various challenges.  It's absolutely captivating to consider how hypnosis can facilitate a deeper connection with our inner selves and enhance our sense of autonomy. And guess what? My team has added timestamps for you below to scan what topics are covered in this episode and if you want to jump ahead you can! Dr. David Spiegel has gifted all of you TWO WEEKS FREE of his self-hypnosis app, Reveri. Click the link below to get access: https://reverihealth.app.link/anxietyrx Thank you for listening and you can find me on IG: @theanxietymd if you have any questions. PS. If you would like to join the MBRX family of 3100+ anxiety WARRIORS who are shifting from coping with their anxiety to actually HEALING it, click the link below: https://www.theanxietymd.com/MBRX --------- Timestamps:  The anxiety of growing up with a mentally ill parent (00:01:12) Discussion on the impact of growing up with a mentally ill parent on anxiety development. Understanding anxiety and bipolar disorder (00:02:03) Personal experiences and fears related to developing bipolar disorder and how it led to anxiety disorder. Effects of MDMA and hypnosis on anxiety (00:03:36) Discussion on the effects of MDMA and hypnosis on anxiety and brain activity. Hypnosis and psychedelics in altering self-perception (00:04:33) Exploring the impact of hypnosis and psychedelics on altering self-perception and ego dissolution. Self-judgment and inner critic (00:06:01) Addressing self-judgment and the role of the posterior cingulate in self-referential thought. Pendulum swing dissociation and trauma metabolism (00:07:59) Discussing the role of pendulum swing dissociation in trauma metabolism and the importance of safety in therapy. Creating mental state change and self-hypnosis (00:12:35) Exploring the therapeutic benefits of creating mental state change and the role of self-hypnosis in enhancing control. Revisiting emotional trauma and changing emotional signature (00:18:39) Discussion on revisiting emotional trauma and changing emotional signatures through brain activity. The insula and hypnosis (00:19:41) Dr. Spiegel explains the role of the insula in hypnosis and its impact on mind-body connection. Hypnosis and mind-body control (00:20:32) Dr. Spiegel discusses how hypnosis can change the body's sensations and control mind-body connections. Reconstructing traumatic events (00:22:55) Dr. Spiegel shares a story of using hypnosis to help a woman reframe a traumatic event and change her perspective. Self-empowerment and overcoming trauma (00:23:23) Dr. Spiegel discusses how hypnosis can empower individuals to change their perspectives on traumatic experiences. Overcoming victim mentality (00:26:31) The conversation explores how hypnosis can help individuals overcome victim mentality and regain agency. Hypnosis and transference (00:32:38) Dr. Spiegel discusses the concept of transference and its relevance in hypnosis therapy. Creating a safe space in hypnosis (00:33:27) The conversation delves into how hypnosis can create a safe environment to address unresolved grief and change old patterns. Control and therapeutic context in hypnosis (00:36:22) Dr. Spiegel explains how hypnosis provides a therapeutic context for individuals to face and control their traumatic experiences. Empowerment through hypnosis (00:38:34) The discussion highlights how hypnosis empowers individuals to change their perspectives and feel better. The protective ego and worry (00:39:02) Discussion on the protective nature of ego and the difficulty in moving away from worry. Facing helplessness and guilt (00:40:11) Exploring trauma, guilt, and accepting helplessness as a way to move forward. Addictive nature of worry (00:41:58) Understanding the addictive nature of worry and its impact on the brain's reward system. Reverie app and hypnosis effectiveness (00:42:40) Introduction to the Reverie app, its success in helping people quit smoking, and the potential of hypnosis. Healing through hypnosis and self-parenting (00:46:26) Discussion on healing anxiety by reconnecting the adult and child self through hypnosis and self-parenting. Transformative experiences with hypnosis (00:47:16) Anecdote about a transformative experience with hypnosis in dealing with past trauma. Using play and hypnosis for trauma (00:50:49) Exploring the role of play and hypnosis in addressing trauma and reconnecting with the self. Reverie app programs and impact (00:50:59) Overview of the programs offered by the Reverie app for stress management, focus, sleep, phobias, and more. Self-hypnosis and guided imagery (00:53:24) Insight into the use of self-hypnosis and guided imagery for personal development and connection.