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Anxiety Road Podcast


Welcome to the Libsyn version of the Anxiety Road Podcast, this is the involuntary journey finding medical, behavioral health, meditation, relaxation and x=the unknown treatment options and resources for people that have anxiety, panic attacks and phobias too.

This podcast is treatment agnostic. You can find more content and resources at https://anxietyroadpodcast.blogspot.com

Jun 24, 2021

Still in vacation mode but have plenty to talk about. Part of today's episode deals with digital and health literacy. Well, truthfully I try to sneak it in whenever I can. 
 
Digital Literacy is "is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills."
 
Health Literacy is "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions."

Part of today's episode deals with both digital and health literacy. There are dozens of apps for anxiety and depression users. There are some crappy ones, that steal content from other creators and providers. 

The meditation apps that charge you a subscription to access content from another website. That is free to download and listen too. Those burn me up.
 
Or apps that connect to another content creator's website. It does provide information. It also is harvesting information from your phone and contacts.
 
Or the ones that honestly provide content - bare minimum but they did create it. And you do get to access it for free. But you are bombarded with ads that may or may not be appropriate for you to view. 
 
I personally can go a lifetime without seeing or hearing about men's lower level grooming products.

So in the episode, I go a little long winded about what is and isn't a medical app. Because when I hear about an Erectile Dysfunction provider trying to provide medication for anxiety it gets me a little more anxious.
 
Fellas, I understand that the malfunctioning plumbing issues can cause anxiety. 100% . Not even up for debate. 
 
But an on-line service for a physical condition, that also handles hair loss and now wants to provide psychiatric care and pill dispensing is a problem. 
 
And a red flag.  And from a health literacy stand point, multiple questions should be asked:
 
  • Why is an ED vendor also treating hair loss?
  • Does hair loss lead to ED?
  • Don't dermatologists handle hair loss? (Why yes, they do and the AAD can help you find accurate info)
  • Where is that medication coming from?
  • Is is legal where I live to buy or obtain medication on-line (in the U.S., Nope.)
 
Don't be uninformed or flat out stupid. Do your research and homework.
 
If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

In the News:
 
Washington Post article about Olympians and Mental Health Concerns
 
There is a video documentary on Vimeo about ED called Let's Talk About It. Seventeen minutes could help you can save yourself some aggravation and keep some of your hard earned money.
 
App that Attack:
 
In a Murky Sea of Mental Health Apps, Consumers Left Adrift from the California Health Foundation
 
One Mind PsyberGuide - Resource to help you determine if a mental health app is worth your time and money.

Resources Mentioned: 

U.S Food and Drug Administration examples of what is not a medical app.

Music
 
Pasty Cline with The Jordanaires version of Crazy.
 
Gnarls Barkley from the album St. Elsewhere version of Crazy.
 
Postmodern Jukebox version of Crazy.
 
Anxiety Resources
 
For teenager and young adults there is DoSomething.org 11 Facts About Anxiety.

From Anxiety Centre there is Fear of Going Crazy 
 
Anxiety Network's page on What You Fear Most Cannot Happen
 
VeryWell Mind page on Dementophobia or the fear of going mad or crazy.

Disclaimer: 


Links to other sites are provided for information purposes only and do not constitute endorsements. 

Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

This blog and podcast is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this program is intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.