Webinar – Understanding Anxiety with David Hanscom


Talk Description

Mental and physical threats are processed in a similar area of the brain and cause a neurochemical stress reaction that improves the chances of survival. The sensation generated by this response is anxiety simply signals danger. It is not a psychological response.

Why this is so important to understand is that the unconscious brain is hundreds of thousands of times stronger than the conscious brain and is not responsive to rational interventions. So, anxiety represents elevated stress hormones, similar to relaxation being a description of increased reward chemicals. Neither of them are pathological diagnoses.

Anxiety is unsolvable because you can’t survive without this massive automatic response. So how can you decrease anxiety? You can learn tools to lower your stress hormones. The first step is to separate your identity from this reaction. Then there many methods to directly decrease them or minimize the reactivity of the nervous system to a threat. Once you understand the nature of anxiety (pain), it is a solvable problem.

Date: 15th January

Time: 3-4pm BST


David HanscomBio

Dr. David Hanscom is a retired board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the surgical correction complex spine problems in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. He has expertise in adult and pediatric spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis. A significant part of his practice was devoted to performing surgery on patients who had undergone multiple prior spine surgeries.

He is the focusing his efforts on bringing effective medical treatments for chronic mental and physical pain back into mainstream medicine. He has published two books and developing resources for patients and providers to make the best decisions about their care with regards to chronic disease. His books are:

· Do You Really Need Spine Surgery? Take Control with a Surgeon’s Advice (2019)

· Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain, 2nd edition (2016)

· Back in Control: A Spine Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain (2012)

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