Episode 85 – When You’re Addicted To Your Anxiety

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Do you want to get rid of your anxiety? But…do you find yourself unable to let go of it? How should you navigate letting your anxiety go for good?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they discuss what to do when you’re addicted to your anxiety.

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  • Why don’t I want to get better?
  • What should I do about this?

Why don’t I want to get better?

  • Think about your messy desk. If someone came and organized it, you wouldn’t know where anything is.
  • While you don’t like that your desk is messy, you don’t know any other way.
  • It can be the result of trauma at an early age. It becomes a sort of security blanket for you!

What should I do about this?

  • Distance yourself from what has caused you trauma/your triggers.
  • Acknowledge how this ‘safety blanket’ has served you in life.
  • Truly try to embrace letting go of your anxiety.

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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