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Untangling Your Anxiety Pathways

This interview is from the Like Mind, Like Body podcast. You can listen to the full interview below, on iTunes or Google Podcasts.


Every day, we move through life unconsciously processing a wide range of emotions and anxieties. Whether we realize it or not, the way we handle (or don’t handle) these stresses produces a physiological response in the body.

Dr. Allan Abbass explains how this works, why it’s important to understand, and how it leads so many folks down the path to chronic symptoms.

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Many people have the idea that doctors should know everything about all of the most recent research, about exactly what treatments can work, what treatments do or don't work? They expect that doctors should have all of the answers. So if they come into this world, they might start to question, "Why didn't my doctor tell me about it?" What would you say to people who have this concern and who are experiencing this kind of conflict of authorities?

There are some physicians who stay up on the current information and they can tell you about these things. When I presented at the Canadian Internal Medicine Association and they were extremely interested because they know it's a deficit. There’s been a lot of uptick in interest in this information.

It's variable though as far as how much knowledge a physician will have. It's tough when there is a conflict between the opinion of say, your psychologist and your physician and you're stuck in the middle.

What I would encourage you to do is to realize that ultimately it’s you driving the boat in the sense that you're leading your clinicians. They’re your team, you're the coach in a sense. That way you have the empowerment to say, “Okay I think I need something else. Where can I get more information?” You can tap into some things that are easily or freely available and ask them what they think about it. Talk to them about it and then get a certain type of referral or get a certain type of treatment lined up.

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