You may have experienced it yourself or can become aware of it just looking around. There’s a rising feeling of anxiety in our culture today and people are searching for answers from mental health professionals to spiritual gurus. Today I want to bring you someone who has some insight into what’s going on and what might help us in the more difficult times. Friedemann Schaub, MD, PhD, is a physician specializing in cardiology and molecular biologist who has helped thousands of people with his Personal Breakthrough and Empowerment program that combines his medical expertise with NLP, Time Line Therapy™, clinical hypnotherapy, and more. He is author of the recent release The Fear and Anxiety Solution and lives in Seattle, Washington.

Today, Friedeman talks to us about what fear and anxiety are, how we create it, what role our subconscious minds play, how do we overcome self-sabotaging behaviors and what the limitation are of anti-anxiety medications.

Elisha: Why are fear and anxiety so pervasive in our society – and of what are we so afraid? 

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The Fear and Anxiety Solution: An Interview with Friedemann Schaub, MD, PhD

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  1. As soon as I read about this book coming out, I knew I would be getting it.
    My first panic attack (which at the time, we didn’t know what it was) was with my Grandmother in church. I had to sit in the front row and see her at all times. They tried one day to take me to Sunday school and that is when it happened, this overwhelming fear that i could not control and I did not know what was going on! I remember very clearly, to this day how very frightened I was. I was 6 years old and the anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, and all that goes with anxiety I have and I am now 48 years old. I spent a great amount of time, 13 years to 38 years drunk and I didn’t have them, but I am an recovering alcoholic and have not touched a drop since Jan 18, 2002. When the alcohol was gone, I was like a crazy person and lost completely and that was when I was introduced to medications. I have been on everything (NO MAO’S!!) I take many at this point, but I decided in October that I was coming of ALL meds, which is probably going to take a year, some will be very slow to get off. I find myself thinking from time to time, what is going to happen when I am substance free for the first time in many years? I worry about it a bit and then I just make myself quit thinking about it, as it is not here yet. Thus, I really want this book, so I can read it and be ready. One other point I must bring up. Many (most) in health field say it is impossible to faint/passout from a anxiety attack, WRONG, it has happened to me many times and it happens to my youngest daughter as well. Thank You for allowing me to comment on this interview. I hope I can get to a city soon and get the book.

  2. I fully enjoyed this reading and believe that there are solutions to fear & anxiety as they crop up; however, one cannot achieve them alone. Through therapy & self-exploration one can live a more fulfilling life.
    As for the medications mentioned, they are only helpful when one uses them in conjunction with consistent therapy & consistent self-exploration.
    My experience with using an anti-depressant has been one of complete success, because along with the use of one, I continue to tend to the deeper emotional and mental wounds. I have found so much healing from my past; and the repercussions of past trauma, self-sabotaging patterns & limiting beliefs about myself have become much less harmful to me, and just don’t come up as often. Today, I have tools to work with the emotions that rear their ugly little heads; the ones that are brought up by old tapes.
    You mentioned the outcome being “What if tending to these inner wounds could lead to greater peace, wholeness, and self-empowerment?” It surely has for me. After much inner work & open-mindedness, I have stopped drinking alcoholically, gone back to school & received my Associates degree, my Bachelors degree & my Masters degree. I have peace & serenity through the storms of life, & I continue to pass on my experience, strength & hope to others; but only because I continue to do the work healing from the inside out, gaining access to my true potential, one day at a time.

  3. I appreciated this article, and particularly value the discussion around the place of medications in treating anxiety. As a psychologist in privat practice, I often see clients who are also engaged in medication treatment. I beleive that it is necessary to discuss, openly, the various routes to healing that an individual is pursuing, and am always looking for ways to discuss medication treatment in a supportive and empowering way while also discussing it’s limitations. The phrase above that refers to medications as a tool to make the healing process more tolerable, and the analogy to pain killers for physical injuries were very nicely articulated. Thank you for posting this interview.

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