Anxiety & Depression

Kansas City Psychotherapy Counseling Services – Treating Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety, and Fear.

Living a life filled with anxiety, worry, panic, fear or avoidance can be a real downer.  There are ways at improving how you feel when it comes to connecting with others in social situations, reducing your worrying, letting go of fears and phobias, and overcoming your desire to avoid.  Below are a set of resources that I have found helpful in treating anxiety and living a more relaxing life.

Authors and Videos of Interest for Anxiety:

Amy Cuddy – Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success…

Brene Brown – TEDx talk on The Price of Invulnerability:  In our anxious world, we often protect ourselves by closing off parts of our lives that leave us feeling most vulnerable. Yet invulnerability has a price. When we knowingly or unknowingly numb ourselves to what we sense threatens us, we sacrifice an essential tool for navigating uncertain times — joy.  Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past 10 years studying courage, shame and authenticity.

Jonathan Fields – Turning Fear into Fuel:  How to turn fear from a source of anxiety and paralysis into fuel for action and achievement.  Jonathan Fields is a former private equity attorney turned lifestyle-entrepreneur, blogger, marketer, speaker and author of Career Renegade: How to Make a Great Living Doing What You Love(Broadway 2009.

Vik Nithy – TEDx talk on Why We Procrastinate:  Vik Nithy is the founder of 3 companies at the age of 20 including how own marketing consulting firm. His left after school Vik has been extremely successful despite being diagnosed with ADHD after finishing his school exams. Developing his passion for cognitive neuroscience, educational reform and the potential of young people.

Screening On-Line:

Online Screening Tools – Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar, PTSD –

Social Anxiety Screening Tool – Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale –

Anxiety Worksheets

Anxiety – What is Worry.pdf

Mindfulness – Mindfulness Exercises.pdf

Mindfulness – Kids.pdf

Negative Thoughts – Challenging Negative Thoughts.pdf

Negative Thoughts – Core Beliefs.pdf

On-Line Coping Strategies and Resources:

Mindfulness Videos (Instant Mindfulness) –

Stress Reduction – Do Nothing for 2 Minutes (Mindfulness) –

Calm Clinic (Anxiety Management) –

Half of Us – College Students Stress, Depression, Anxiety –

Statistics in America on Depression, Anxiety, etc. –

Mental Health WorkOut Skill Building (build confidence, reduce stress) –

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne

Gender Resources Resources – Psychology Today –

Messages of Hope for Treating Depression

At the center of happiness is self-compassion, acceptance and forgiveness.  Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Forgiveness are all great tools to help overcome negative emotions.  Below are worksheets, videos, and other resources geared towards helping you develop your own mindful self-compassion and acceptance.

Depression Part Two

I remember being endlessly entertained by the adventures of my toys. Some days they died repeated, violent deaths, other days they traveled to space or discussed my swim lessons and how I absolutely should be allowed in the deep end of the pool, especially since I was such a talented doggy-paddler…

Depression – TEDxYouth Talk – Kevin Breel “My story is this, four simple words – ‘I suffer from depression’.  Beneath my smile was pain… for a large part of my life I feared myself… that fear made me feel forced into a corner with only one-way out.  Depression isn’t chicken pox, you don’t beat it once and its gone forever, you work at keeping it at bay.  What makes it tough is the stigma, so you hold it in and hide it, because the stigma around depression is real.  We are so supportive of any part of the body breaking down, except the brain… We need to build a world where we accept each other, instead of denying who we are.”  Click here for Kevin’s website.

Zindel Segal – “The Mindful Way Through Depression.”  Zindel V. Segal is a cognitive psychologist, a specialist on depression and one of the founders of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  A professor of psychiatry at University of Toronto, Segal combines mindfulness with conventional cognitive behavioral therapy, which teaches patients to observe sadness or unhappiness without judgment.

Rick Hanson – “Hardwiring Happiness: The Hidden Power of Everyday Experiences on the Modern Brain.  How to overcome the Brain’s Negativity Bias.  Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and the author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, best selling author of Buddha’s Brain, founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Andrew Solomon – “The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.

Additional Depression Counseling On-Line Resources:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance –

Half of Us – College Students Stress, Depression, Anxiety –

Assessment Tests –

Treating Depression –

Depression Information –

PsychCentral – Depression –

Ambrosia Treatment Centers – Depression –

National Institute of Mental Health – Depression –

Anxiety and Depression Association of America –

National Alliance on Mental Illness –

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