MedCircle Original Series

Understanding the Anxious Self

anxiety disorders: an in-depth look at the root of mental illness

Anxiety affects 40 million adults, yet only ⅓ of people seek treatment. Learn how to effectively cope with anxiety, straight from leading psychologist and MedCircle doctor, Dr. Ramani Durvasula.

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Series Overview

Anxiety Disorders Are Different From “Normal” Anxiety: Here’s How 22 Min

There’s such a thing as “healthy anxiety.” That level of anxiety actually leads to peak performance. However, when your anxiety impedes any aspect of your life - something has to change. In this session, Dr. Ramani discusses the varied types of anxiety disorders, the impact they can have on your life, and how they differ from “normal” anxiety.

These Are the Causes of Each Type of Anxiety 16 Min

The first step to dealing with anxiety is understanding its triggers. In this session, Dr. Ramani walks you through the causes of different anxiety disorders.

How to Spot the Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety Disorder 28 Min

You may think you understand the signs and symptoms of anxiety disorder. However, anxiety is often misdiagnosed, even by trained professionals, and without the right diagnosis, finding the right treatment is unlikely. Dr. Ramani clearly explains how to spot the real signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder in this session.

Anxiety Self-Help Strategies & Treatments Everyone Should Know 16 Min

Many people suffering from an anxiety disorder experience meaningful symptom relief and improvement in their quality of life - but only if they receive the right treatment. This session walks through how to find the right treatment provider, what treatment options are available to you, and what self-care strategies you can implement immediately.

Effective Ways to Help a Loved One Cope with Anxiety 19 Min

Helping someone with an anxiety disorder is easy... when you understand the science-backed coping techniques and evidence-based therapies. Become the supporter your loved one needs.

How to Spot & Manage a Panic Attack 5 Min

Panic attacks are debilitating and stop you right in your tracks. When you can spot the signs of a panic attack you can prevent them from occurring in the first place. This session sheds light on how to spot those signs and what to do (and what NOT to do) during a full-blown panic attack.

BONUS: Live Therapy Session: Does Kyle Have Social Anxiety? 24 Min

Our host, Kyle Kittleson, was diagnosed with social anxiety by his psychiatrist. In this example therapy session, Dr. Ramani takes Kyle through a series of questions to see if he is truly suffering from social anxiety. This session provides unique insight into what diagnosing social anxiety might look like.


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About the Series

To understand mental health, you must understand anxiety.

Anxiety disorders can completely hinder someone’s ability to operate optimally at work, moderate their mood, maintain emotionally healthy relationships, and be fully present in all areas of life. More than 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from an anxiety disorder. At it’s best, anxiety is an inconvenience. At its worst, it’s debilitating. And left untreated, it can destroy lives. The first step in conquering your anxiety is this first-of-its-kind educational crash course from leading clinical psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula.

Throughout these 7 sessions, Dr. Ramani sheds light on the signs anxiety has gone from “healthy” to a hindrance. She delves into the varied, nuanced manifestations of an anxiety disorder, how and why it appears at different ages and in various environments, and perhaps most importantly, the most effective ways to cope with and manage this all-too-common disorder.

Who is this series for?

This series is perfect for anyone who is experiencing anxiety that goes beyond “normal stress.” If you think your anxiety is keeping you from excelling at work, maintaining healthy friendships or relationships, or is having any other negative impact on your life - this series delivers.

This series is also for anyone who has a loved one suffering from anxiety. Anxiety impacts relationships, so understanding exactly how you should (and should not) be interacting with your loved one is a crucial part of the path to recovery. Your role as a supporter is critical, and this series provides the tools for becoming the best supporter possible.

“I have suffered from anxiety for as long as I remember. While I have managed my anxiety pretty successfully, I never understood as well as I do now after learning from Dr. Ramani in the anxiety series. Thank you for taking the time to make such a great resource.”
Amber K.

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • Why anxiety is at the root of most mental health issues
  • How to differentiate between “healthy anxiety” and an anxiety disorder
  • The types of anxiety disorders and what causes them
  • How to spot the signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder
  • How to find the right treatment option for you – whether it’s therapy, medication, self-care strategies, or all of the above
  • How to best support your loved one on their path to recovery
  • What causes panic attacks & what to do if you or a loved one feel a panic attack coming on

“If you don’t understand anxiety, you don’t understand mental health.”

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PhD


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You can get free access to all 7 segments of this video series when you become a MedCircle Member. You’ll also get access to every video series from the MedCircle doctors.