About Dr Kennedy

Russell Kennedy, MD

  • Author of the book Anxiety Rx, 2020
  • Neuroscientist (University of Victoria BSc 1987)
  • Medical Doctor (University of Western Ontario MD 1991)
  • Master’s level training in Developmental Psychology from the Neufeld Institute (www.neufeldinstitute.org)
  • Corporate Speaker/Entertainer since 1999 (National Speakers Bureau – www.nsb.com)
  • Stand up comedian since 2000 (toured as comic with Yuk Yuks Comedy Clubs)
  • Yoga and Meditation teacher RYT-200 (Certified by Prana Yoga Vancouver BC – 2007)

Helping people recover from anxiety is my life’s work. My own anxiety started as a result of growing up in a chaotic and confusing household with a father who suffered from schizophrenia and bipolar illness. By the time I was 12 years old, I swore I was going to make a difference in the lives of people with emotional pain. That’s why I became an MD, and since graduating from med school in 1991, I’ve had over 100,000 patient encounters.

My dad was not the only one who suffered, my whole family was crushed by his illness. I know first-hand in my own body and mind how excruciating it can be to suffer from chronic anxiety and alarm. My mission began in an attempt to heal my own debilitating anxiety, as the best methods and medications “modern” traditional psychology and psychiatry had for me still left me in considerable pain.

Perhaps you have tried the traditional routes of medication and talk therapy and are still suffering as well?  In my own search for relief, I hit many exasperating dead ends before I started to make progress. I believe there are no better teachers than those who have been where you are and found the way out, and I am fully committed to showing you that way out.

While I can talk science with anyone as a result my thirty years of training in medicine, neuroscience and developmental psychology, many of the breakthroughs in my own anxiety have come from pursuing distinctly non-scientific sources. Much of what has helped my anxiety and the anxiety of my patients the most has been atypical and counterintuitive, having very little to do with allopathic medicine. To name only a few of my distinctly “non doctor” sources, I have studied and lived in a temple in India, taken LSD, MDMA, Psilocybin, and Ayahuasca (in safe and supervised environments), practiced Holotropic breathwork and become a yoga and meditation teacher.

I have been very fortunate in that I am both anxiety doctor and anxiety patient and have had the knowledge and resources to investigate my own emotional pain from an incredible array of sources. As my own profession had been unable to really help me, I became a physician driven to heal myself through alternative means. In my travels to far away places to try far out things, I didn’t have to go back and check in with my doctor, I WAS the damn doctor. I had to heal myself, and I can help you heal, too.

I do not want you to suffer in the fearful hole I was in for decades! I have devoted my career to helping others get out of that hole I was in for a very long time. This is not a business for me as much as it is a passionate life’s work. It’s been an incredible journey and I’m confident I can save you years of frustration. You don’t have to be tied to therapy and medication forever.

So, don’t worry, let’s get you out of that hole. I know the way.

Still with me? Does this make sense and you want to feel better… today? I recommend starting with my Hypno-Meditation for Chronic Anxiety and Worry in the short term as it will calm you immediately, and also getting my book, Anxiety Rx to adopt new ways to relieve your anxiety in the long term. Both the Hypno-Meditation and the Book will give you a distinct, repeatable path to healing yourself from chronic anxiety.

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