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How to Manage Anxiety in Uncertain Times w/ Dr. Judson Brewer

by Faster Than Normal

This is a special episode that calls for a special man. Our guest today is Judson A. Brewer, MD PhD. He has trained ministers of foreign government, Olympians and their coaches, has been featured on CBS’s 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Business Week, TED talk, and on and on. (see below). Today we talk with this kind medical professional about something we are all dealing with:  how to manage anxiety in uncertain times. 

A bit more about 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 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.  

In this episode Peter & Dr. Jud discuss:

:58-  Intro & welcome Dr. Judson A. Brewer to this special episode!

2:30-  One of the beautiful things about being neurodiverse is that we tend to thrive on chaos. Ironically, we need an order within that chaos… and we don’t have that right now! So.. what do we do with all of these feelings of fear, worry, uncertainty thrown in to this full dose of social contagion?

6:38-  On teaching about making a map of habit loops in patients

8:29-  On how our curiosity can actually help

10:08-  What can people do in real time, when they begin to get overwhelmed by feelings of worry, nervousness, etc?

12:30-  How can people find you?  @judbrewer on: Twitter or or almost daily @ DrJud here on YouTube

12:52-  Thank you Dr. Jud for joining us, please come back soon! Stay calm, stay healthy and stay focused everyone- we WILL GET THROUGH THIS!  Thank YOU for being here.. for subscribing, reviewing and listening. Your reviews are so helpful. Thank you! Even if you’ve reviewed us before, would you please consider writing even a short one for this episode? Each review that you post helps to ensure that word will continue to spread, and that we will all be able to reach & help more people! Thank you. You can always reach me via [email protected] or @petershankman on all of the socials. You can also find us at @FasterThanNormal on all of the socials.

13:00-  Faster Than Normal Podcast info & credits

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