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Posts tagged dealing with anxiety
E15 - Steve Jobs Car Slobs

We've all been there. You're driving down the road singing along to Cher's Believe and you feel your cell phone slide into the crease between your seat and the center console. A normal person would just continue driving until they reached their destination or pull over into a safe place to retrieve the phone. Nope. Not us. We have to get that phone back onto our lap ASAP. Sound familiar? You may suffer from nomophobia, the fear of being separated from your smartphone. 90% of us suffer from the phobia. Now that's serious. 

Before Kevin shares some research on how common the disorder is, we talk about what's stressed us out recently. Coincidentally, David talks about the stress he feels when he tries to eat a granola bar while driving. Crumbs everywhere! And when the crumbs start to fall, so too does the driver's eyes. That can't be safe. Kevin decides to build on David's stressor by sharing the details of a story he recently read about the top 10 most dangerous food to eat while driving. 

10 - Chocolate
9 - Soft drinks
8 - Jelly doughnuts
7 - Fried chicken
6 - BBQ
5 - Hamburgers
4 - Chili
3 - Tacos
2 - Soup
1 - Coffee

I still think Lo-Main would be more dangerous to eat while driving, But what do I know. 

Kevin then turns the focus to his main topic, nomophobia, which keeps autocorrecting to homophobia. Ugh. A rent study asked college students what they'd rather go without in order to keep their smartphone. 60% of teenagers would rather lose a pinky finger for life rather than not have their smartphone. That's not a typo. With the surge of smartphones, we can't seem to get enough. We have created an entire generation of people who are emotionally attached to their phones. Pretty soon we won't even talk to each other. We'll just text emojis to let others know how we feel. There's way too much research shared in the episode to dump it all here so you'll have to listen to get some interesting data on how pervasive this phobia is. Scary stuff. 

As always we sign off with our signature closing: Life is crazy. You don't have to be. Although crazy is way more fun. 

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E9 - Granny Smiths in the Basement and Flowers in the Attic

How many of us have a fear of basements? I'm guessing all of us. Is it a fear of the unknown? What about monsters? Spiders? Kevin and David eventually tackle all of those questions but first they talk about what stressed them out this week. 

David starts by talking about how the universe id out to get him because he's allergic to just about everything: coconuts, almonds, soy and now Granny Smith apples. When he eats one his tongue and throat get all itchy and swollen. He references an article published on in which research suggests that this tingling sensation is actually a response to pollen. Kevin then reveals that he, too, has the sample sensation when he eats celery. Everyone should just stop eating fruits and vegetables. Kevin suggests a diet of Cheese-Its and mayo.

Kevin shares his stressor of the week, the agonizing decision as to whether or not to commit to a tv show. Both hosts shared stories of the countless weekends of binge walking shows like Lost and True Blood. Committing to a tv show is not a decision one should make lightly. PS: Somehow the conversation turned to Cher. LOL

For the big topic, Kevin describes his childhood fear of basements. When he was 14 his mom told him that their house used to be a funeral parlor. OMG! And there was an embalming fluid tank in the basement. Although he never saw a ghost or demon, his mother was convinced that "basement people" would come out at night. I believe her. Although David should be trying to calm Kevin down, he reveals his own fear of the basement. He even has stuff piled up next to the basement door because he refuses to go into the basement if no one is home. And he's a grown man. 

The duo finally arrive at the conclusion that the fear is irrational but legit - if that's possible. I don't think either has truly gotten over the fear but David did commit to going ingot he basement alone as soon as the show was over. Let's wait to see if there's an episode 10.

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E6 - The Hills Have Eyeworms

The conversation starts with Kevin talking about 90s toys such as Pogs, Pokemon, Animaniacs and Tamagotchis. I am clueless about these toys as I was in college in the 90s and was focused more on Chaucer and liberal protests. 

The conversation moves into the segment on what stressed us out that week. I describe my frustration with losing socks in the laundry. I know, cliche topic but where do they go? After arguing through all of the possibilities Kevin suggests the socks likely get sucked into the drum of the dryer, which makes me even more anxious as that would be a fire hazard. Kevin reminds listeners to empty the lint filter, which was a tip he learned from Karen Kilgariff on the My Favorite Murder podcast. Thanks, Karen!

Kevin shares his anxiety about getting short-changed at an ATM. I can think of a million things more likely to give me anxiety. Then it occurred to me that I actually don't count the money that I get from an ATM so maybe I have been short-changed. Not surprisingly, the discussion turns to identity theft and pharmacists. 

At 14:10 into the podcast, Kevin raises his main topic: the fear of getting his contact lenses stuck behind his eyes. I don't wear contact lenses so I have not thought much about this topic but Kevin offers a compelling analysis as to why this was a real fear of his. The conversation toggles between Kevin's research and myths about cross-eyed children. 

Kevin was relieved to discover that it is impossible for contact lenses to roll back behind the eyes because there is some fancy membrane that stops junk from getting back there. However, he then realizes he has a new fear of eye infections. Think about that. You can get gonorrhea, herpes, and a whole suite of other infections in your eyes. Kevin focuses on an infection called loiasis, better known as eye worms. Stay away from central Africa, which is home to the deer and mango flies - the carriers of eye worm eggs. If you ever wanted to see a picture of eye worms, check out our Instagram (TerrifyinglyB). Somehow the conversation shifts to eyelash mites. Kevin claims that 50% of the population have eyelash mites. I think it's closer to 100%. What do you think?

Shockingly, the discussion circles back to David's allergies and the plethora of medications he's taking to find relief. Tootie, Kevin's adorable Chihuahua, makes an appearance on the episode. Normally, she stays idle on her Brittany Spears pillow but she decides to stand up and make little piggy noises. 

We end the conversation on uplifting topics: genocide and Elizabeth Taylor's double eyelashes. You're welcome. 

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Chill Pill - Challenge Your Comfort Zone

We launched our first Chill Pill episode in which we offer some witty advice on dealing with anxiety and anxiety disorders. Anxiety can hold us back from doing the things that we love or could love. We challenge our listeners do something today that they wouldn't normally do or do something that scares them a little. The intention is to begin facing our fears head on, rather than having those fears control us. 

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