Interview with Dr. Friedemann Schaub

Today’s
guest is Dr. Friedemann Schaub to talk about The Fear and Anxiety Solution – A Breakthrough Process for Healing and
Empowerment with Your Subconscious Mind
Bio:
Friedemann Schaub, MD, PhD, is a physician specializing
in cardiology and molecular biologist who has helped thousands of people to
overcome fear and anxiety with his breakthrough and empowerment program that
combines his medical expertise with NLP, Time Line Therapy™, clinical
hypnotherapy, meditation, and more.
Please tell us about your current
release and what inspired you to write this book?
Anxiety
is the most common mental health challenge in the U.S. More than 50
million people have been diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Countless
others continue to struggle with low self-esteem, isolation, insomnia, and
other debilitating effects of anxiety. Most people who suffer from anxiety feel powerless in the
face of these overwhelming emotions. They feel flawed and stuck. The Fear and
Anxiety Solution
introduces a new, self-empowering perspective on fear and
anxiety, one that helps readers understand and connect to the innate wisdom and
healing potential of these emotions. This book is a step-by-step guide that
explains how to transform fear and anxiety into powerful allies, messengers,
and healing catalysts that lead to greater confidence, self-worth, and success.
Excerpt:
Is Anxiety a Biochemical Problem
Requiring a Biochemical Solution?
Medical
research has focused largely on a physiological solution to emotional problems
such as anxiety and depression. The most prescribed antianxiety drugs are
either benzodiazepines (such as Valium and Xanax), which are often used for
anxiety, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, such as Zoloft and
Prozac), which are more commonly used for depression. While benzodiazepines
directly affect the amygdalae by reducing their activity, SSRIs increase the
level of serotonin in the brain, which is associated with mood improvement.

The good news
is that using prescription drugs to alter the brain’s physiology and chemistry
can indeed successfully dampen fear and anxiety and make these emotions more
manageable. However, this “improvement” often comes with a price. One of the
challenges with antianxiety medications—besides their common side effects, such
as drowsiness, nausea, constipation, and lower sex drive—is that they
potentially lead to physical addiction, and you must wean yourself carefully
when you want to stop taking them.

Many of the
clients I have worked with complained that their medication didn’t only reduce
their anxiety; it also dulled or even turned off their emotions in general. It
appeared to my clients as if their minds had been wrapped in cotton or a lid
had been placed on their ability to feel anything. But what still hadn’t
vanished were their deep-seated insecurities and the limiting core beliefs they
had struggled with for a long time. Beliefs such as “I’m not good enough” or
“The world is not a safe place” still remained a part of their mind-set, even
though they didn’t have the same emotional impact. As a client put it, “I
basically still have the same issues, but I don’t feel them as intensely. They
seem to be further out of reach. It’s a relief, but not really a resolution.”
Unfortunately,
the development of effective pharmaceutical treatments fostered the belief that
emotional challenges are mainly caused by neurotransmitter imbalances in the
brain and are therefore more a biochemical than a psychological problem. More
and more people subscribe to a “let’s get it fixed” attitude, which has been
reflected in the fact that the use of antidepressant drugs in the United States
doubled between 1996 and 2005. At the same time, the number of people who
visited psychotherapists declined.

There is no
doubt that changes in the brain chemistry are connected to different emotional
states. There is also no doubt that antianxiety medications have helped
countless people disrupt the downward spiral of fear and anxiety and escape a
state of emotional paralysis and entrapment. But what came first—the chicken or
the egg? Are neurotransmitter imbalances in the brain the root cause of fear
and anxiety, or are they a consequence, a biochemical symptom of our emotions?
If the latter is true, does restoring the biochemical balance really address
the root causes of fear and anxiety?

It boils down
to a very fundamental question: what is a human being actually? Are we just an
accumulation of cells controlled by neurotransmitters and hormones? Are our
emotions, thoughts, and beliefs nothing but random biochemical and
electrophysiological signals? Or are our minds and bodies, with all their
connections and interactions, much more complex than that? And does what we
call “consciousness” transcend far beyond our current scientific understanding?
I believe the answer to both of the last questions is yes and that the human mind
is simply unable to wrap itself consciously around its own complexity and
vastness. To quote Albert Einstein, “Do you remember how electrical currents
and ‘unseen waves’ were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its
infancy.”

I like to
look at antianxiety drugs as a form of emotional painkiller. The purpose of
pain medication is not to mend the fracture or close the wound that causes the
pain, but to make the time it takes to heal more tolerable. It would be denial
or plain ignorance if you would drown out the pain without tending to its root
causes. If fear and anxiety are like physical pain, then their natural purpose
must be to call your attention to the deeper emotional and mental wounds they
are caused by. What if tending to these inner wounds—whether they are
unresolved traumas, self-sabotaging patterns, or limiting beliefs—could lead to
greater peace, wholeness, and self-empowerment? Would it still be enough for
you to just fix and get rid of fear and anxiety? Or would you want to take advantage
of their true meaning, heal yourself from the inside out, and gain access to
your true potential? This is what I call the healing power of fear and anxiety.
As you’re moving step by step through this book, bridging the conscious with
the subconscious and higher consciousness, you will learn how to address fear
and anxiety and take advantage of their healing power.

Now don’t get
me wrong. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t take antianxiety medication or
can’t work on the deeper root causes of fear and anxiety while you’re on it.
Taking medication can be a first empowering step. Just don’t let it be the
entire journey.

One final
note on this subject—something taught to me by my father, who was a truly
amazing physician. To paraphrase him: “Remember, it’s the patient who does the
healing, not the doctor or the drugs.” Our potential to heal is much greater
than we believe or have been led to believe. In fact, the power of belief is a
major key. Clinical studies have shown that placebos, sugar pills without
medicinal value, can significantly reduce moderate depression and anxiety. So
just believing that you will feel better can be as effective as using a drug
that is designed to alter your brain chemistry. Imagine what is possible when
you apply the same trust and belief in your own power to heal, change, and
thrive.
What writing project are you working
on next?
I am
working on two projects – one on developing confidence and self-worth, another
on discovering and healing the root causes of chronic illnesses.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
As
a physician and molecular-biologist I became increasingly fascinated by the
role of our emotions when it comes to health and healing. Studies have shown
that positive emotions can boost the immune system, decrease diabetes, and
improve heart conditions. On the other hand, negative emotions, such
as stress, anxiety, and depression, have the opposite effects and can cause
serious health problems.

The
problem is that we usually interpret negative emotions such as fear and
anxiety, as flaws and weaknesses that need to be
overcome, managed, or suppressed, rather than trying to understand their deeper
meaning. In other words, the real problem is that we don’t know how to
listen or relate to our emotions, let alone consciously guide and work with it.
This is why it is so important to learn how to consciously work with the source
of our emotions – our subconscious mind.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I am
working with clients all over the world via Skype or the phone on breaking
through physical or emotional challenges. But I dedicate at least twice per
week several hours to work on my writing projects.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I share information that is beneficial for you and your loved ones in
The Fear and Anxiety Solution. People who read this book and
implement the step by step program will find a difference in their lives by
the time they reach the end of the book. For more details about The Fear and
Anxiety Solution
, visit my
website.
Order your copy from Amazon. Connect with me on Facebook or through Twitter.

  

One thought on “Interview with Dr. Friedemann Schaub

  1. Nikki says:

    Hi Lisa

    Thank you very much for sharing the information about Dr Scaub, The Fear and Anxiety Solution and his program which is very beneficial to people.

    Nikki Leigh

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