I was once afraid, anxious, confused and lost. I was crippled with panic attacks, trapped by agoraphobia, and riddled with constant anxiety. I almost lost everything important in my life as my world became smaller and smaller. This is the story of my journey through anxiety, panic disorder, and agoraphobia. The good, the bad, and the ugly of panic attacks, anxiety symptoms, irrational and obsessive thoughts, and being afraid to leave my house or be left alone. This is the story of how I went from an anxious, fearful mess, to living a full, normal life no longer controlled by anxiety or its limitations.
I am asked almost daily if I am completely recovered from my anxiety disorders. I am, and I am happy to share how I did it. It's not magic, it's not rocket science, and I didn’t invent any of this. There are no programs to buy, no coaches to hire, no expensive one-on-one sessions, no herbs, supplements, crystals, or medications. Everything I needed to fix this problem was already inside me. Everything you need to fix this problem is already inside you.
This is simply a story of applying behavioral science, courage, tenacity, consistency, and an unquenchable desire to overcome these problems once and for all.
I was once you, but now I am not. If I can do this, so can you. I promise.
Drew is the creator and host of The Anxious Truth, a stunningly popular anxiety podcast that's been in full swing since 2015. With over 500,000 downloads (and growing), The Anxious Truth enjoys a large, vibrant and engaged social media community of amazing humans supporting, inspiring, encouraging and empowering each other to overcome anxiety and fear. Listen to a few episodes of the podcast and you'll know right away that this isn't what you're used to hearing about anxiety. Drew's unique, no-nonsense approach to solving the anxiety problem combines his strong, confident voice with genuine care, compassion and a desire to see others learn and succeed.
You can find Drew, his podcast, and his community at theanxioustruth.com.
Having been through not one, not two, but THREE different periods of debilitating anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, and depression, Drew turned it all around in 2008. Armed with a deep understanding of the cognitive nature of this problem, courage, and an intense desire to solve the problem once and for all, Drew rid himself of the irrational fear that fuels the disorder. Now living a normal, happy, productive life without avoidance and retreat, Drew spends a fair amount of his time tending to his podcast, writing about anxiety disorder issues, and interacting with the large community surrounding his work.
A technology entrepreneur by day, Drew's true passion is using his own knowledge and life experience to teach and empower others as they work to solve their own anxiety and fear problems. When he's not podcasting, writing or taking care of business, you can find Drew attempting to be a proficient guitarist or in the gym. A fan of scientific inquiry, Stoicism, Taoism, and Buddhism, Drew is also a lifelong night owl that's probably staying up too late right now.
Oh, and Drew realizes that writing about himself in the third person is a bit ridiculous, but that seems to be the way it's done in these parts, and there's nothing wrong with a bit of ridiculousness now then!