Every day, I receive dozens of emails and telephone calls from worried anxiety disorder sufferers asking me about medications, therapy and other less conventional treatments; my answer is simple, I DO NOT encourage the use of medication and there are so many therapies available now that it is difficult, especially for anxious people, to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Anxiety is not a mental illness... no more so than smoking or alcohol abuse; all three are habitual behaviours born of and perpetuated by conscious repetition. As the anxiety learning process achieves credibility in a persons mind, new anxious neural pathways are built telling the brain that this new behaviour is normal and perfectly appropriate, these are then stored as memory. As anxiety levels rise the brain continues to learn until a new normal level of anxiety is reached, practically totally inappropriate but physically scary and uncomfortable... but your brain thinks it's normal.
So when we reach the new level of anxiety and experience the physical manifestations of this new anxious habit such as panic attacks, GAD and agoraphobia (not to mention, the aches, the pains, the shortness of breath etc.), what can we possibly do to return to 'normal' levels of anxiety and get on with our lives?
We have to 'un-learn' the anxious habit. This sounds simple but it is much more difficult than you would think. The brain has to forget the old, anxious, learnt behaviour and replace it with new more appropriate 'non-anxious' behaviour.
This can be done, drug free, without long counselling sessions that cost a small fortune, without 'face your fear' tactics or hypnosis. The way this is done is through a structured, informative and supportive program, which teaches you exactly what you need to do every day, every hour and every minute in order to quickly and permanently rid your self of your anxiety condition. This can be done and it works if you put the effort in, the only reason for failure is non-compliance... if you do it, it works!
This all sounds really simple and I know that it is not, because I have done it, but it is far simpler than doing what every anxiety sufferer does every day of their lives, avoiding situations, people and places, losing time, money and opportunities and not being able to take advantage of everything life has to offer.
You have the ability to disempower your anxiety disorder now, quickly, simply and permanently, you are the strongest person that you know!
By Charles Linden
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