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As a therapist who specializes in treating Anxiety Disorders, I am constantly advising those I treat to expand their degree of risk-taking, eliminate their many forms of avoidance behaviors, and to perform activities which strengthens their tolerance for dealing with uncertainty. In order to show that I practice what I preach, I decided to do something which involved all three (risk, lack of avoidance, and uncertainty)....SKY DIVING!! Click on the link below to read an article I wrote on my experience of PLUNGING HEAD FIRST INTO UNCERTAINTY!

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THREE simple strategies for handling your worry: (1) ALLOW & ACCEPT, (2) HUMOR, and (3) ACTIVE. Read what I mean by using the "AHA!" method.

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Here is an article I recently wrote, which asks the question, "How would you personify the relationship you have with your anxiety?" In other words, if anxiety were a person, someone you live with, describe this individual and the relationship you have with him or her.

On June 8, 2016 (Wednesday, from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.) and June 11, 2016 (Saturday, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) Dr. Barry and Mary Barmann will be presenting a FREE info-seminar on the topic: The "Nature of Anxiety & Chronic Worry". Seating is limited to 15 attendees, who MUST RSVP no later than 24 hrs. prior to the seminar dates. Call 775.831.2436. The location of the presentation is in Incline Village, NV. 89451.

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Within this final article of my 3-Part series regarding the relationship between uncertainty and worry, I take a look at the 2 most common strategies used by those who get anxious when needing to deal with situations involving uncertain outcomes (i.e., reassurance-seeking behaviors and avoidance). If you can identify with either of these strategies, ask yourself; “If I were not bothered by uncertainty, what activities would I spend less time avoiding”? The article ends with advice concerning the most effective technique for learning how to increase one’s tolerance level when faced with life events involving uncertain outcomes--“Behavioral Experiments.”

This procedure involves directly challenging and confronting one's core beliefs and predicted catastrophic outcomes associated with uncertainty. In other words, Behavioral Experiments are about finding out something new, by doing something differently. They are designed to help people challenge the rules (one's beliefs) which serve as the foundation for fueling their worry engine.

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In Part 2, of this 3-Part series, I discuss the role that uncertainty plays with respect to triggering the worry process. Specifically, I outline the "rules of uncertainty" which are followed by worriers, thus fueling their worry engine. The article ends with advice concerning the need to establish a "new set of rules" for dealing with life events involving uncertain outcomes. So, is it better to be safe than sorry?

If you know someone who could benefit from reading this article, please SHARE it with them, and ask them to FOLLOW this Google+ page to keep appraised of my regular articles regarding anxiety and chronic worry, as they appear in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, Nevada Appeal, and the Tahoe Daily Tribune newspapers.
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In Part 1, of this 3-Part series, I discuss the role that uncertainty plays with respect to triggering the worry process. Most, if not all, worriers are looking for 100% certainty when faced with everyday life events which involve uncertain outcomes. It is then, that they find themselves at the intersection of "Uncertainty and Tolerance". This article will explain what I mean by that metaphoric phrase.

If you know someone who could benefit from reading this article, please SHARE it with them, and ask them to FOLLOW this Google+ page to keep appraised of my regular articles regarding anxiety and chronic worry, as they appear in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, Nevada Appeal, and the Tahoe Daily Tribune newspapers.
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This collection represents a 3-Part series on the concept of what actually triggers a person's worry. Most worriers would say it is the content of their worrisome thoughts which fuels their worry engine. My three articles will attempt to make the point that it is NOT the content, but instead the sense of UNCERTAINTY, which sets the worry process in action. I hope you enjoy reading these 3 articles.

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This final article, within my 3-Part series concerning the nature of Anxiety Disorders seen within the elderly population, discusses ideas for helping the CAREGIVER to avoid "burn out" when overseeing the many responsibilities necessary for effectively dealing with the stressful job of caring for an elderly parent.

If you know someone who could benefit from reading this article, please SHARE it with them, and ask them to FOLLOW this Google+ page to keep appraised of my regular articles regarding anxiety and chronic worry, as they appear in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, Nevada Appeal, and the Tahoe Daily Tribune newspapers.
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In Part 2, of this 3-Part series concerning the nature of Anxiety Disorders seen within the elderly population, I discuss the need to (1) Educate yourself and your loved one about the symptoms of anxiety, (2) Encourage the individual to seek treatment, and (3) Validate and respect the person's need for independence. Various other topics are also referenced within this article.

If you know someone who could benefit from reading this article, please SHARE it with them, and ask them to FOLLOW this Google+ page to keep appraised of my regular articles regarding anxiety and chronic worry, as they appear in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, Nevada Appeal, and the Tahoe Daily Tribune newspapers.
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