Two Levels of Anxiety Disorder Recovery
Many people view anxiety as an "IT": a force, disease, illness, or genetic problem that takes control of our bodies, minds, health, and lives. But anxiety is not an "IT." Anxiety is simply being fearful. When we are fearful too often, however, the body can become stressed, and a body that's overly stressed can become symptomatic. Therefore, anxiety symptoms are actually symptoms of stress. We call them anxiety symptoms because anxiety is the main stressor.
And since we choose what we think—even though our thoughts can sometimes seem automatic—we CREATE anxiety when we CHOOSE to think in fearful ways. Choosing to think fearfully too dramatically or too often generally is the cause of anxiety disorder. And choosing to think fearfully too dramatically or too often is a result of learned behaviors, and not a result of any other factor.
Therefore, to overcome anxiety disorder, then, we simply need to learn healthy behaviors that replace unhealthy anxious behaviors. When we modify our behaviors so that we don't live abnormally fearful, we eliminate anxiety as a disorder.
So the good news is we CAN eliminate anxiety disorder simply by learning how. The bad news, however, is that doing so requires work and effort. Since anxiety is caused by unhealthy behaviors, WE have to be the ones to change our behaviors. No one else can do that for us.
Unfortunately, many of those who develop anxiety disorder become afraid of the biological, psychological, and emotional changes and their sensations that being overly fearful causes. So they become afraid of the FEELINGS of being afraid and/or afraid of the CONSEQUENCES of being afraid too much or too often, or both, which results in an overly stressed body that produces symptoms.
So in a sense, many anxious personalities become afraid of the body's natural defense mechanism, how it works, and the consequences of being afraid to dramatically or too often, or both.
For many anxiety disorder sufferers, recovery, then, requires two stages, or as we call it, “Two Levels of Recovery.”