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One day, while driving home after dropping off my daughter at school, I listened to a Mel Robbins podcast interview with Dr. Russell Kennedy. He shared how he had gone to medical school to become a doctor and neuroscientist, done hundreds of hours of therapy, become a yoga and meditation teacher, traveled to India, tried medications and plant medicine, and was even a stand-up comedian! And yet through all of it, he struggled with crippling anxiety for decades.

While listening I began crying because I felt a part of his story, was a part of my story as well. 

I am a therapist and coach, have traveled to India and met the Dalai Lama, done hundreds of hours of therapy, tried plant medicine, published two books, have spoken on two TED stages, and have been raising two kids. Although all of this has brought me great joy in my life, I have also been running my body from a place I call “anxiety adrenaline” for most of it.

Dr. Russell Kennedy, aka “The Anxiety MD”, specializes in the art and neuroscience of helping people recover from anxiety disorders. He knows anxiety from the inside out, as he developed his own anxiety disorder as a result of growing up with a dad with severe schizophrenia.

We are all so lucky to have Dr. Russ join us for today’s episode of Cracking Open. He shares his personal story of how he healed his anxiety and teaches us that anxiety is simply old trauma energy that is stuck in our body and nervous system which sets off alarms over and over again telling us that we are not safe.

His award-winning book and audiobook, Anxiety RX, has sold more than 30,000 copies to date. Dr. Russ teaches a practical, actionable program for anxiety relief that incorporates a combination of the latest in neuroscience, with the grounding wisdom of the body, with the ultimate goal of relieving the anxious thoughts of the mind. Blending neuroscience with a more artistic approach he learned through living at a temple in India, taking psychedelics, and being a natural and gifted intuitive, Dr. Kennedy gives a unique and never-before-seen understanding of what anxiety truly is and exactly how it can be successfully treated.

Join us as we discuss the brain, the lasting effects of unresolved childhood trauma, and how he believes deeply in non-traditional treatments for anxiety because as he shares, “traditional methods have had their chance — and they just don’t work long term”.

Over 40 million people struggle with anxiety – 1 in 5 adults and 5.6 million kids.

This is a staggering number and a lot of people who have anxiety keep it quiet due to shame and stigma.  But today we are blowing the lid wide open and shining a light where it is so desperately needed.

If you, or anyone you love, struggle with anxiety, I highly recommend you tune in to what Dr. Russ Kennedy has to say. It could be a game-changer for you like it was for me.

Love, Molly


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