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Break Your COVID-19 Anxiety Cycle

From the Show: HER
Summary: For many, anxiety begets anxiety. Which then leads to panic and other undesirable symptoms.
Air Date: 5/18/20
Duration: 30:29
Host: Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Jud Brewer, MD, PhD (“Dr. Jud”)
Jud Brewer MD PhD (“Dr. Jud”) is a thought leader in the field of habit change and the “science of self-mastery”, having combined over 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at the Mindfulness Center and associate professor in Behavioral and Social Sciences and Psychiatry at the Schools of Public Health & Medicine at Brown University. He also is a research affiliate at MIT.

A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for habit change, including both in-person and app-based treatments for smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety. He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard and real-time fMRI and EEG neurofeedback.

He has trained US Olympic athletes and coaches, foreign government ministers, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED (4th most viewed talk of 2016, with 14+ Million views), the New York Times, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera (documentary about his research), Businessweek and others. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association, among others.

Dr. Brewer founded MindSciences to move his discoveries of clinical evidence behind mindfulness for anxiety, eating, smoking and other behavior change into the hands of consumers (see www.drjud.com for more information).

He is the author of The Craving Mind: from cigarettes to smartphones to love, why we get hooked and how we can break bad habits (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017). Follow him on twitter @judbrewer.
  • Book Title: The Craving Mind
  • Guest Twitter Account: @judbrewer
Break Your COVID-19 Anxiety Cycle
A lot of negative emotions have come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Anxiety is at the top of the list. 

For many, anxiety begets anxiety. Which then leads to panic and other undesirable symptoms. 

Dr. Jud Brewer, aka "Dr. Jud," author of The Craving Mind, recently wrote a New York Times article that explained how our minds work -- and why understanding that is the key to breaking the anxiety cycle... whether you're in the middle of a pandemic or just in everyday life.

Dr. Jud joins Dr. Peeke to share insights into your brain and how you can hack it to reduce your anxiety and fear.

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