Dr. Kate Wolitzky-Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She is a clinical psychologist with nearly 20 years of expertise in anxiety and related disorders. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Psychology’s Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders. Dr. Kate completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at UCLA in the Anxiety Disorders Research Center. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) continuously since her graduate career and is currently the Principal Investigator for several studies in which she is developing and evaluating behavioral treatments for co-occurring anxiety and substance use disorders.
In this episode we discuss:
- What is anxiety and where does it stem from
- Is anxiety predisposed and is it curable
- How do we know if we are anxious or depressed and what are some solutions in getting through it?
- Why suppressing our anxiety makes it worst
- What to do when we are down a rabbit hole of emotions and need to get out
- How to work through OCD, hypochondria and PTSD
- How exposure therapy and cognitive behavior therapy work and why they’re beneficial
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