The Panic Pod

Nov 28 2020 35 mins 16

Joshua is the author of best-selling book, Anxiety: Panicking about Panic, and the follow-up, Anxiety: Practical about Panic. Co-hosted by Canadian singer, producer, and amateur linguist Ella Jean, The Panic Pod is a discussion-based podcast offering bite-sized practical advice on managing anxiety. It is also an opportunity to illuminate what medical and academic spheres know about anxiety to discuss it in a way that you can take to the pub. Joshua is a fully qualified Psychotherapist and runs a private counselling practice based in Manchester called The Panic Room. [email protected]










Episode 21: What Recovery Looks Like
Oct 30 2020 38 mins  
Based on many questions we’ve received for the podcast, we wanted to put together an episode on recovery. Recovery from chronic anxiety, in essence, is when the frequent, unprovoked feelings anxiety are no longer part of a person’s day-to-day life. It does not, as some anxiety sufferers believe, mean that anxiety will forever disappear. The challenge those in recovery face is to be with anxiety while working on how to recover. This means, fundamentally, recognising symptoms of anxiety are not physically harmful or dangerous. While there are treatments that may reduce the effects of aspect of anxiety (e.g. physical sensations), there are three pillars that anxiety sufferers face, defined by Josh as: 1. Physical sensations 2. Intrusive thoughts and thought patterns 3. Feelings and emotions Recovery is not eradicating anxiety completely. It is learning to accept anxiety with self compassion in order for the anxiety symptoms to gradually subside over time. If you want to learn more about Self Compassion, listen back to Episode 14 on it (or for even more check out Episode 13: Conditions of Worth) We are so grateful for your kind words, follows, and feedback! Keep in touch with us to know when we upload new episodes! @thepanicpod on Instagram and Facebook Email [email protected] with a question or feedback. Hold onto hope, visualise your future, and use baby steps to walk towards the future you desire. The emotions we have aren’t metrics for our recovery.




Episode 20: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Oct 08 2020 37 mins  
OCD is a widely recognised name but fairly misunderstood disorder. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can present itself in a variety of different ways including but not limited to; an anxiety about germs and bacteria, an attempt to align symmetry or order, a tendency to hoard belongings, a repetitive checking for safety from harm, or intrusive thoughts that cause unique physical behaviours. These are just some of the ways OCD can present itself. Unfortunately, in media and the way it's used in offhand language, many people will use the term "OCD" when they mean they are being meticulous or organised. These folks don’t know what it’s like living with the disorder. People who suffer from OCD often fear, “If I don’t complete this task or ritual, then something bad will/may happen”. This could be superstition about an external event, or an anxiety about how they’ll feel afterwards. In this episode, Josh and Ella discuss how this is related to anxiety using the Martin Seif and Sally Winston model of our “wise mind vs. false comfort” which we introduced in Episode 8. If you want to learn more about Martin Seif and Sally Winston’s work, check out: "Needing to Know for Sure: A CBT-Based Guide to Overcoming Compulsive Checking and Reassurance Seeking" by Martin Seif (PhD) & Sally Winston (PsyD) https://www.amazon.com/Needing-Know-Sure-Overcoming-Reassurance-ebook/dp/B07MMQ7HRK We are so grateful for your kind words, follows, and feedback! Keep in touch with us to know when we upload new episodes! @thepanicpod on Instagram and Facebook Email [email protected] with a question or feedback.



















Episode 11: Work/Life Balance - with The Repeat Beat Poet
May 04 2020 38 mins  
The Repeat Beat Poet (a.k.a PJ) is a friend of Ella’s from the London spoken word/live music scene. Ella often times reaches out to PJ for advice, as he is a performer with a crazy schedule who always seems to keep his work in balance with his own mental health. After many frank conversations about how to keep passion and play in line as independent artists, this is Ella and Repeat Beat’s first recorded discussion aiming to shed light on the topic. The conversation is for anyone who struggles with overworking or swinging between apathy and fits of passion for what they do to make a living. We’ll be back next week with a normal episode between Joshua and Ella. Repeat Beat Poet: https://www.instagram.com/repeatbeatpoet/ Things we talked about: Imaginary Millions - London jam night / music collective https://www.imaginarymillions.com Three Different Rooms: The Disney Method - Creative Strategy https://online.visual-paradigm.com/knowledge/disney-creative-strategy/what-is-disney-creative-strategy/ Ecofeminism Documentary - If Women Counted (Book) or documentary (Who’s Counting?) by Marilyn Waring http://www.nfb.ca/film/whos_counting/ Repeat Beat Broadcast (Radio Show) https://www.mixcloud.com/ThreadsRadio/playlists/the-repeat-beat-broadcast/ Silvertongue: Beneath the Surface https://silvertonguesax.co.uk/ Please get in touch with us if you would like to submit a question to be discussed on the podcast: [email protected]





















Episode 2: What is Anxiety?
Nov 10 2019 48 mins  
Josh asks Ella “What is Anxiety?” and boy, is it ever a loaded question. Josh explains the what anxiety is from an emotional perspective as well as giving insight into what different parts of the brain are being activated for the “fight or flight” response. This is a longer episode, because the question takes some considerable time to answer. Content Note: While we do joke around a lot, we also discuss our experiences with panic attacks and anxiety and at times describe details which listeners may find unsettling. Please be mindful of this as you listen. Josh is the author of best-selling book, Anxiety: Panicking about Panic, and the follow-up, Anxiety: Practical about Panic. He is a fully qualified Psychotherapist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Keele University and he also runs a private counselling practice based in Manchester called The Panic Room. Joshua spends his career helping others overcome anxiety and panic, by working with people directly in his practice, or writing self-help books on the topic. Ella Jean is a Canadian singer and producer living in the UK. She is in a band called UGLY based in London and an alternative comedy troupe called A.C.I.D! based in Leeds. She first met Josh in 2016 before releasing her first mixtape Facetious Emo Niece and performing 25 hour-long improvised cabaret performances at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018. Ella has a degree in linguistics and spends her career producing songs and podcasts.


Episode 1: How Can This Podcast Help You?
Nov 10 2019 31 mins  
Ella asks Josh about his background and the reasons for starting the podcast. Josh is unprepared for Ella to open up about her experience with panic attacks. Josh gives an overview of different types of anxiety and what a panic attack is. Ella clarifies her role in that this podcast is not a free therapy session. Josh has a big head, but only in a literal sense. Content Note: While we do joke around a lot, we also discuss our experiences with panic attacks and anxiety and at times describe details which listeners may find unsettling. Please be mindful of this as you listen. Josh is the author of best-selling book, Anxiety: Panicking about Panic, and the follow-up, Anxiety: Practical about Panic. He is a fully qualified Psychotherapist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Keele University and he also runs a private counselling practice based in Manchester called The Panic Room. Joshua spends his career helping others overcome anxiety and panic, by working with people directly in his practice, or writing self-help books on the topic. Ella Jean is a Canadian singer and producer living in the UK. She is in a band called UGLY based in London and an alternative comedy troupe called A.C.I.D! based in Leeds. She first met Josh in 2016 before releasing her first mixtape Facetious Emo Niece and performing 25 hour-long improvised cabaret performances at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2018. Ella has a degree in linguistics and spends her career producing songs and podcasts.


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