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The Anatomy of Our Anxiety

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Ellen Vora, MD
1 Hour 58 Minutes
Nov 22, 2022
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We will explore a paradigm-shifting approach to managing anxiety, based on the understanding that anxiety is not all in our heads, but also in our bodies. We'll discern the difference between avoidable anxiety and purposeful anxiety, learning how to help our patients eliminate their unnecessary anxiety and allow their purposeful anxiety to guide them toward meaningful action. This is essential for any clinician supporting patients who are struggling with anxiety, providing practitioners with safe, actionable, and accessible strategies for helping patients find relief from anxiety.


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All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD.



Ellen Vora, MD's Profile

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Ellen Vora, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist, acupuncturist, and yoga teacher, and she is the author of the bestselling book The Anatomy of Anxiety. She takes a functional medicine approach to mental health – considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root. Dr. Vora received her BA from Yale University and her MD from Columbia University.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Ellen Vora maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with Exubrancy and Calibrate. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Vora receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Ellen Vora has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Categorize anxiety as either avoidable or purposeful.  
  2. Implement clinical strategies to reduce avoidable anxiety.
  3. Utilize purposeful anxiety to align with goals in treatment.


Identifying Avoidable Anxiety 
  • Sleep deprivation 
  • Inflammation 
  • GI disturbances 
  • Micronutrient deficiencies 
  • The effects of caffeine and alcohol 
Actionable strategies for addressing avoidable anxiety 
  • Ways to support early and middle insomnia 
  • Techniques for reducing inflammation 
  • Techniques for addressing GI disturbances 
  • Realistic ways to promote better nutrition 
  • Compelling reasons for reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption, and strategies for mitigating resistance and withdrawal 

Target Audience

  • Addiction Professionals 
  • Case Managers 
  • Dieticians 
  • Licensed Clinical/Mental Health Counselors 
  • Marriage & Family Therapists 
  • Nurses 
  • Psychologists 
  • Social Workers 
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel 


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