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Physician's Guide to Doctoring with Bradley B. Block, MD

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Sep 12, 2023

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In this episode, Dr. Dimitrios Tsatiris and Bradley discuss the relationship between anxiety and high achievement, especially within the medical profession. They explore the physical and psychological aspects of anxiety, highlighting the importance of self-awareness and communication with loved ones in managing anxiety. 

Dr. Tsatiris shares practical coping mechanisms, including body scanning, deep breathing, and cognitive strategies to address anxiety-related sleep issues. The conversation also touches on the significance of gratitude as a tool to counter anxiety and offers guidance for individuals facing specific anxiety triggers.

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[00:01:00] Defining anxiety and its evolutionary roots

[00:03:00] Modern anxieties vs. ancestral threats

[00:05:00] High functioning anxiety and its impact

[00:07:00] The importance of self-awareness

[00:08:00] Addressing anxiety's subtle effects on daily life

[00:10:00] Coping with anxiety as a physician and parent

[00:12:00] Balancing work and family life

[00:14:00] Coping mechanisms for anxiety, including body scanning

[00:16:00] Cognitive exercises to manage nighttime anxiety

[00:18:00] The role of gratitude in countering anxiety

[00:20:00] Dealing with the fear of impending challenges

[00:22:00] Validating anxiety related to genuine threats

[00:24:00] Applying reason and logic to anxiety

[00:26:00] Coping with physical vs. cognitive symptoms of anxiety

About Dr. Dimitrios Tsatiris:

Dimitrios Tsatiris, MD is a practicing board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the field of anxiety management. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University.

He studies and writes about the interface of anxiety and achievement. His popular Psychology Today blog “Anxiety in High-Achievers” has been read by more than 500,000 readers.

He is passionate about empowering people to break free from the shackles of anxiety and develop a healthy relationship with achievement. Through his work as a psychiatrist, writer and speaker, he seeks to fulfill this mission.

His work has appeared in Psychology Today,, PsychCentral, NAMI, Thrive Global, KevinMD and the White Coat Investor, among other publications.

He has spoken at CME conferences, academic institutions and society meetings. He has also given a TEDx talk on the subject titled “Why Success Won’t Make You Happy.”

Dr. Tsatiris graduated Summa Cum Laude from John Carroll University and obtained his medical degree from the University of Toledo. He completed his psychiatry residency training at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center where he served as Chief Resident. Upon graduation he received the American Psychiatric Association Resident Recognition Award.

Dr. Tsatiris believes in the importance of psychotherapy for mental health treatment and has completed additional psychotherapy training at the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.

Dr. Tsatiris enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. He also keeps close ties with family in Greece and has fond memories from his childhood there.

Learn more about Dr. Tsatiris on his website

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