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 (and suffered often crippling anxiety for more than 30 years) as a direct result of growing up with a dad with severe schizophrenia. Dr Kennedy has degrees and advanced training in medicine, neuroscience and developmental psychology —but it’s not all science, as he is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher and was a professional stand-up comedian for over a decade (no joke!) In his award winning book and audiobook, ANXIETY RX (an Amazon #1 Bestseller) he shows a practical, actionable program for anxiety relief that incorporates a combination of the latest in neuroscience of the mind with the grounding wisdom of the body —with the ultimate goal of relieving the alarm in the mind and the body so characteristic of anxiety disorders. Using neuroscience of the brain (think “The Body Keeps the Score”) and blending that science with a more somatic, artistic, body based approach he learned by 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 further, exactly how it can be successfully understood and treated. His approach is novel and revolutionary in heavily focussing on the old trauma stored in the body, and not simply relying only on the usual cognitive approaches to anxiety relief. Dr Russ wants to make the pain he and his family suffered in living with a family member with a severe mental illness contribute to the healing of others and has devoted his life’s work to make sure that nobody has to experience anxiety and emotional pain as he did.
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