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#3 What Does It Look Like To Be “Recovered” From Anxiety? w/Dr Reid Wilson of

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REID WILSON, Ph.D. ( is the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Wilson has presented to audiences throughout the world on the treatment of anxiety disorders. His books are translated into nine languages: Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry (HCI Books), Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks (Harper), and Facing Panic: Self-Help for People with Panic Attacks (ADAA).

Dr. Wilson serves as the Expert for WebMD’s Anxiety and Panic Community. His free self-help website – – serves 500,000 visitors per year. Television appearances include The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Katie Show, Good Morning America, and CNN. He has served as psychologist in an episode of A&E’s Hoarders.

In 2014 he was honored with the highest award given by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and he was presented the 2019 Service Award by the International OCD Foundation.

2:50 Why you can’t just meditate anxiety disorders away

5:17 The required belief change around what it means to feel anxious

6:45 Anxiety isn’t about any specific trigger, but the overriding intolerance of uncertainty

9:10 Viewing anxiety as an opportunity

17:00 The “big ask” of therapy: trusting the therapist, and the process

19:13 Successful treatment is all about handling the moments

21:37 Group therapy for anxiety

24:40 Functional goals vs. distress goals

25:30 What is “recovery”? What does it look like to be “recovered” from anxiety?

34:00 The role of resistance

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Dr. Maggie Perry

I’m your host Dr. Maggie Perry, a licensed psychologist with a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. I am also the founder of the online group therapy platform

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