The Surprising Way Alcohol Makes Your Brain More Anxious

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Whether you or a family member has a problem with alcohol use, it’s important to know how it affects the brain and the practical steps you can take to escape the cycle.  But I am not a substance abuse counselor. It’s out of my wheelhouse. So I was super grateful when Amber Hollingsworth offered to […]

The 3 States of Anxiety in the Nervous System

There are essentially three states of your nervous system: the ventral vagal, which is safe and social; the sympathetic, which is fight or flight; and the dorsal vagal, which is shut down. In this post you’re going to learn about the three states that your nervous system can be in according to polyvagal theory, and […]

Why You Worry and How to Stop


If you want to learn how to worry less you need to understand why your brain likes to worry because that will free you to find a replacement for that habitual type of thinking. So in this post you’ll learn the three subconscious benefits you get from worry and how to retrain your brain to […]

Quick-Start Guide to Anxiety Treatment

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When you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, it can be difficult to know where to start. I’m Emma McAdam. I’m a licensed therapist. And in this post we’re going to talk about the first steps you can take to start treating your anxiety. First, an anxiety disorder diagnosis does not mean that you […]

Rewire the Anxious Brain- The Anxiety Cycle

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The Anxiety Cycle Here’s the amazing thing about your brain, it’s made to re-wire itself all the time. This is called Neuroplasticity-Scientists used to think that after childhood our brain was pretty much locked in place, but now that we have better imaging technology we can literally see how the brain changes depending on […]

Mental Filtering: Thinking this way might make you depressed

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Mental Filtering: Why you may only notice the Negative-Cognitive Distortion #4 Garrisson- That is not how you spell garrison, I’m going to remember this word forever, because it’s the word that I missed on the 7th grade spelling bee. I took second place in that prestigious event, but only because I added an extra “S” […]

How to Stop Worrying about the Future

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In this video you’re going to learn what to do when your brain just won’t shut up with all the worries about what’s going to happen in the future. I’m going to teach you one antidote for when you’re stuck ruminating on your fears, and I’ll teach you why you should never worry in your […]

Anxiety and Risk Acceptance Part 5: Stop “What If” Anxiety and Worry

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Today we are going to address “what if” anxiety and worry. So here’s another of the most common questions I get on my “Rewiring the Anxious Brain” video. People ask “What if the dog bites you?” Now in that video I was explaining how when you avoid something, it makes your anxiety go up, and this […]