I used Paxil between 1996 and 2005. This is part 2 of a 3 part series detailing my experience. My experience on Paxil for 9 years was not a good one overall.In retrospect, the medication did its job, but there was a price to pay for that.

My experience with antidepressants and anxiety is mine.Yours may be different. Please keep this in mind.

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Weight Gain And Overall Health

In the 9 years I was on Paxil, I gained over 100 pounds.I knew I should not be eating the way I was, but inexplicably I made…


In this episode I finally discuss an issue so many people have been asking me to discuss for so long. My experience with anxiety medications. I used Paxil between 1996 and 2005. This is part 1 of a 3 part series detailing my experience. Today I talk about my position on medications, why I chose to use medication in 1996, what my and what my initial experience was.

My experience with antidepressants and anxiety is mine.Yours may be different. Please keep this in mind.

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My Stance On Medication

My opinion is based on long term…


On this episode I was able to spend 30 minutes or so chatting with Joshua Fletcher. Josh is a working therapist in the UK that runs a practice specializing in anxiety disorders. Josh is also the host of The Panic Pod podcast. We covered therapy issues, recovery in general, and we managed to tell a few joke along the way.

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The Highlights:

  • Clarifying expectations in terms of what will come out of therapy is important. …

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We often talk about starting recovery by taking small steps, but did you know that those small steps can often be taken right inside your “safe zone”? It’s true! Odds are your home base — your safe zone — is chock full of hidden avoidance and anxiety inducing gems that you can uncover and use to start building the foundation of your recovery.

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The object of the game in recovery is to start to find the things that make you uncomfortable and to do them in baby steps. Incrementally, Systematically. You’re trying to induce this…


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Donna grew up surrounded by discussion of cardiac health and blood pressure. When she started experiencing panic attacks, and the blood pressure spikes that naturally come with them, her struggle with health anxiety and an obsession with her blood pressure was ignited.

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Donna worked herself into a position where she was obsessed with her blood pressure. She was continuously terrified and convinced that she was on the edge of a fatal blood pressure spike at all times. This obsession drove the compulsion to check and record her blood pressure many times each day. To Donna…


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Dr. Sally Winston knows what she’s talking about. In the field of anxiety disorders and the treatment of anxiety disorders, you will not find anyone with more street cred than Dr. Winston. Today I had the privilege of spending 25 minutes chatting with her about recovery, the obsessive need for certainty and comfort that drives many disorders, and why reassurance and soothing is decidedly NOT the way.

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Bottom line. Soothing and reassuring anxiety, panic, and irrational fear does not work. It may provide temporary relief or comfort, but in the end, the way out of…


I am often asked an important question. “How do I learn to float and accept when one person makes me anxious?” This question is asked by people that will often explain that they experience anxiety or even panic when in the presence of a specific person or group of people. Often, there is a history of abuse, or there is ongoing abuse of varying types (mental, emotional, or even physical). So the question I am really being asked is, “How can I float through being with someone that has harmed me or is harming me right now?”

The answer is…


Building your own personal recovery from an anxiety disorder means using ALL the resources you have available to you. In this podcast episode I talk about combining books, podcasts, social media streams, online support groups, hard work and professional help into a powerful recovery toolkit.

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Recovery from an anxiety disorder is based on simple concepts, but it is a big topic with lots of subtopics and plenty of concepts to learn and understand. …


Today Dr. Bridget Cooper (Dr. B) and I talk about gender issues in mental health and anxiety recovery. There are clearly differences between men and women and how we talk about mental health, think about mental health, and approach solving mental health problems like the anxiety disorders we’re talking about all the time.

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Men and women have the same needs in terms of mental health and emotional well-being, but we are clearly different in the way we express these needs and approach getting them met. Some of these differences develop at an early age as…


Therapists and counselors also struggle with mental health. Licensed mental health professional Jenna Overbaugh treats anxiety disorders for a living, but after the birth of her son she struggled with postpartum anxiety, depression and OCD.

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Jenna always assumed that her training and profession would have her well prepared to handle anxiety and depression issues in own life. After a traumatic delivery experience, Jenna began to experience intrusive thoughts centered on accidentally harming her newborn. …

Drew Linsalata

Founder and host of The Anxious Truth Podcast. Providing REAL, no-nonsense help and solutions for anxiety, panic, and agoraphobia problems. theanxioustruth.com

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