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why am i so weak? (and other anxiety myths) | mental health | uneven 45

Individuals who suffer from anxiety-related disorders have often been labeled as "weak" — but, is there any truth in this? What causes our anxiety? Who else suffers from excessive anxiety? And is there an upside to having an overactive mind?


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0:00:00 and then along came a breeze

0:00:51 navy seal training

0:01:26 how weak am i?

0:02:24 wrote about this in my book

0:03:07 anxiety and the military

0:04:30 michael phelps

0:05:16 anxiety can be severe

0:06:36 nature vs. nurture

0:07:04 studies on anxiety genetics

0:09:24 environmental factors on anxiety

0:10:10 a little less self-critical

0:11:02 you're not alone

0:12:32 the brighter side of things

0:13:01 avoiding danger

0:13:31 famous people who suffer from anxiety

0:15:41 it's not that easy

0:16:13 just want a little understanding

0:18:13 shantideva and the leather quote

0:19:38 my anxiety, my responsibility

0:21:22 we're not weak, we're just different

0:22:16 in closing



BOOK: "My Age of Anxiety" by Scott Stossel

— Stossel, Scott. My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind. New York: Vintage Books, 2013.

ARTICLE: Michael Phelps: 'I Am Extremely Thankful that I Did Not Take My Life'

— Scutti, Susan, "Michael Phelps: 'I Am Extremely Thankful that I Did Not Take My Life'," CNN, January 20, 2018, accessed January 22, 2018

BOOK: "Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal"

— Foster, D E. "Benzo Free: The World of Anti-Anxiety Drugs and the Reality of Withdrawal.", Erie, CO: Denim Mountain Press, 2018.

BOOK: "Anxiety and Its Disorders" by David Barlow

— Barlow, David. Anxiety and Its Disorders. 2nd ed. New York: The Guilford Press, 2002.

STUDY: Morgan et al "Relationship Among Plasma Cortisol…"

— Morgan, Charles A., Sheila Wang, Ann Rasmusson, Gary Hazlett, George Anderson and Dennis Charney. "Relationship Among Plasma Cortisol, Catecholamine, Neu-ropeptide Y, and Human Performance During Exposure to Uncontrollable Stress." Abstract. Psychosomatic Medicine Vol. 63 Issue 3 (May-June 2001). 412-22. Ac-cessed July 17, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.9225.

STATISTICS: WHO "Depression and Other Common Mental Disoders…"

— World Health Organization (WHO). Depression and Other Common Mental Disor-ders: Global Health Estimates 2017.2. License: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. Ac-cessed April 5, 2018.

ARTICLE: "America anxiety disorder" by Renee Garfinkel

— Garfinkel, Renee, "Over-Anxious Americans," Washington Times, June 26, 2017, accessed July 5, 2017

BOOK: "Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life" by Shantideva

— Shantideva. Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life: A Buddhist Poem for Today. New York: Tharpa Publications, 2002.


Recording Info

— RECORDED: Tuesday, April 30, 2024

— LOCATION: Colorado


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Welcome to “uneven,” a podcast about life, anxiety, and being human. In such a chaotic world, how do we better our lives and the lives of those around us? Maybe, just maybe, we might find a few solutions together. Join veteran podcaster D E Foster as he explores the intimate struggles so many of us experience — often in silence. I hope you’ll join us.


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