Conquer Your Battlefield Podcast - Interview with Nadia Vaeh | Overcoming Anxiety

I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with the lively, inspiring, talented, creative, and ever so wonderful Nadia Vaeh. Today we're going to be talking about Anxiety. According to the ADAA, Anxiety is THE most common mental disorder in the United States, affecting 40 million people (or about 18% of the population) annually. Globally, Anxiety affects about 284 million people every year, which makes it THE most common mental disorder. Also according to the ADAA, only about 36% of people in the United States with Anxiety seek treatment.

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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with one of the most well put together, centered, confident, and talented people I personally know. He shreds on the guitar for the band Seven Kingdoms, he is the world's best tour manager, and a man that has grinded his way through the music industry and earned every bit of success he has achieved. Today I'll be talking with the one, the ONLY Camden Cruz. Today we are going to be talking about Body Image. In western society, it isn't uncommon to hear that some people struggle with poor body image. There is a lot of focus placed upon our physical appearance in order to establish our identities, portray our confidence, show off our successes, convey our expertise, and attract romantic partners. Those who severely struggle with their body image may end up battling things like anorexia, bulimia, or Body Dysmorphic Disorder to some degree. The exact definition for BDD, according to the Mayo Clinic,is a mental health condition in which you can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance. According to the International OCD Foundation, between 5 and 10 million people in the United states have BDD, and according to the National Library of Medicine, BDD is a rising concern among adolescents.
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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with one of the most humble human beings I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. A man that manages to combine the pure essence of heavy metal with the fine elegance of gothic romanticism. A phenomenal singer, songwriter, pianist, and the mastermind behind the symphonic metal band Anthea: Mr Diego Valadez. Today we're going to be talking about Music as a Coping Mechanism. According to the American Psychological Association, coping mechanisms are any conscious or nonconscious adjustment or adaptation that decreases tension and anxiety in a stressful experience or situation. According to the National Library of Medicine, there are four MAIN categories of coping mechanisms: Problem-focused, which directly addresses the problem causing the distress. Emotion-focused, which aims to reduce the negative emotions associated with the problem. Meaning-focused, in which an individual uses cognitive strategies to derive and manage the meaning of the situation Social coping (support-seeking) in which an individual reduces stress by seeking emotional or instrumental support from their community. In today's environment, in particular Western Culture, it is quite common to hear that people tend to use music in relation to one of these categories of coping mechanisms in order to work through their particular obstacle, or obstacles.
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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be talking with one of the most diverse musicians I have the pleasure of knowing. A man who has been composing for TV and film for over a decade with scores that range from delicate and emotional piano ballads, to epic and action packed themes that move you to the edge of your seat. A man who has recently won the Grimmfest Award for Best Score for his work on the horror film "Slapface," and is a fellow appreciator of progressive metal: Mr. Barry J. Neely. How are you doing, Barry? Today we're going to be talking about Generalized Anxiety Disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with GAD may also show physical symptoms such as, Fatigue, Trouble sleeping, Muscle tension, muscle aches, Trembling, feeling twitchy, being easily startled, Sweating, Nausea, diarrhea, IBS, or general Irritability. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, GAD usually involves a persistent feeling of anxiety or dread that interferes with how you live your life. It is not the same as occasionally worrying about things or experiencing anxiety due to stressful life events. People living with GAD experience frequent anxiety for months, if not years, and it develops slowly. According to the ADAA again, roughly about 6.8 million adults in the United States are affected by Generalized Anxiety disorder, and of that, only about 43.2% of them receive treatment.
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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be talking with one of the most diverse entertainers I've ever had the pleasure of being introduced to. Someone that started off their career on the ballet stage at the age of three, moved to theater by the time she was in high school, started acting in film by the time she was in college, started her own theater company, has been on Broadway, and has even produced several independent films. Today I'll be talking with the ever so wonderful and elegant, Elissa Piszel. Today we are going to be talking about Bulimia Nervosa, or more commonly referred to as just Bulimia. Bulimia is an emotional disorder involving distortion of body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting. According to the organization "Mirror Mirror.org" bulimia affects 1.5% of women and 0.5 percent of men in the United States. That translates to about 4.7 million women, and 1.5 million men. The age people start developing bulimia seems to be getting younger and younger, and the average age of onset is in the late teens. Those who do develop bulimia often end up having self-harm tendencies, develop depression, and often have a plethora of health problems from chemical imbalances, swelling of glands, and even heart issues.
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00:52:23 6/13/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be talking with an international guitar master. A modern virtuoso who has perfected the eight-finger tapping technique, has taught at numerous prestigious music schools across Italy, taught across multiple platforms and given various lectures on theory and technique, performed all over the world with pop artists, chamber orchestras, various bands, and as a solo artist. Today I am chatting with the endlessly talented, humble, and wonderful Daniele Gottardo! Today we are going to be talking about Expatriate Depression, or "Expat" Depression. Expat Depression is a type of depression specifically found in those who move to a new country. It is associated with higher feelings of anxiety, stress, sadness, and a unique sense of isolation being removed from one's culture. Pre the COVID-19 pandemic, expat depression among immigrants was a difficult enough issue with the regulations put in place by national governments, as well as the initial culture shock of LIVING in a different country. With the added element of the global lockdowns, and restricted international travel, the senses of sadness, anxiety, stress, and isolation among expatriates has increased.
00:40:37 5/9/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with one of my favorite singers in hard rock and heavy metal today. She is a powerhouse performer, a master of the stage, and owner of some of the coolest hair in show business. Today we are going to be talking about Depression. This is a mental illness that has come up a few times in previous conversations on this podcast, and it affects millions of people across the globe. To give it an exact definition: Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression affects about 17 million people 18 years and older in a given year. 1.9 million children ages 3-17 are diagnosed with depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression is THE leading cause of disability worldwide. Having its roots in a wide variety of sources from chemical imbalance, to traumatic experiences, Depression is a very prevalent mental illness in the world today. An unfortunate reality that many people face is that they are unaware that they are even dealing with depression, and therefore do not receive the help that they may need.
00:25:38 4/25/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with a modern heavy metal icon. One of the most surreal, epic, commanding, and powerful voices I've ever personally heard. She is the brain behind the band Unleash the Archers, a Dungeons and Dragons connoisseur, and every cat's best friend: Brittney Slayes. Today we are going to be talking about Overcoming Prejudice. Prejudice, to give it an exact definition, is a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience. Prejudice can lead to things such as racism, sexism, or even xenophobia. Prejudice has been an ongoing issue for all humanity throughout recorded history, and oftentimes ends up being the root behind a lot of conflicts. In more recent history, prejudice has led to people calling for significant social reform, such as with the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s-1960s, and an ongoing call for equality between men and women in the workplace. Having to face prejudice in one's daily life can oftentimes lead to negative mental health side effects such as stress, anxiety, and depression. In the realm of music, heavy metal specifically, it is heavily male dominated. The ratio of men to women is significantly slanted to the point where if a woman does "make it," she tends to stand out, and usually has to face a plethora of stereotypes.
00:39:57 4/11/2022
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I'm JD McGibney, and today I'll be chatting with a guitar virtuoso. A true master of her craft, versatile in her style, proficient in her music theory, and even an airplane pilot on the side: The amazing and wonderful Gretchen Menn! Today we are going to be talking about Coping Mechanisms. For those who are not familiar with the term,Coping mechanisms are the strategies people often use in the face of stress and/or trauma to help manage painful or difficult emotions. Coping mechanisms can help people adjust to stressful events while helping them maintain their emotional well-being. It should be pointed out that Coping Mechanisms are different from Defense Mechanisms. Coping Mechanisms tend to be conscious efforts and actions individuals take in order to manage their emotional reaction to an external situation, whereas Defense Mechanisms tend to be unconscious "Knee Jerk" reactions. Healthy coping mechanisms can come in a variety of forms such as exercising, playing sports, using humor to de-escalate a situation, or even simply talking about a stressful event and your feelings with a supportive person.
00:44:05 3/28/2022
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Today we are going to be talking about Separation Anxiety. Normally, it is a common occurrence in children as they grow and develop, learning to be separated from their parents and loved ones as they become independent. Separation Anxiety can, however, persist into adulthood for a myriad of reasons. In adults, separation anxiety tends to revolve around fear or concern about the wellbeing of a child or spouse. It can lead to bouts of extreme anxiety, or even panic attacks. Over an extended period of time, individuals dealing with Separation anxiety can become withdrawn from their normal social interactions, have difficulty concentrating, and even experience bouts of depression. According to "The Recovery Village," between 1%-6% of adults deal with separation anxiety. Those who do, tend to also have dealt with some sort of traumatic event in relation to their child or significant other. Another common statistic is that Separation anxiety is not uncommon in women who have had difficulties during pregnancy or childbirth.
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