Help! Anxiety is controlling my life. What should I do?
A great many people ask us this question when they come across our website. And because anxiety and its sensations and symptoms can be disruptive and disconcerting, we understand the desperate pleas for help. I (Jim Folk) made them, too, when I was struggling with my anxiety condition.
Research has shown that the most effective way to overcome anxiety disorder and its symptoms is with the combination of good self-help information and professional anxiety therapy, coaching, or counseling. That’s because self-help information can help you understand what anxiety is, why it occurs, how it can affect the body, and more importantly, what you can do to overcome it and its symptoms.
But because anxiety disorder is generally caused by complex reasons, which vary from person to person, the help of a professional coach/therapist is almost always required to help identify and address the reasons, which are specific to each person. So while self-help information can play an important role in anxiety disorder recovery, it seldom produces complete and lasting results by itself.
Since all of us at anxietycentre.com have experienced anxiety disorder and have successfully overcome it, we understand the importance of the combination of good self-help information and professional coaching/therapy for recovery. And that’s the reason we established anxietycentre.com: to help people effectively overcome anxiety disorder by using information and methods that work.
To that end, we developed the self-help information in the Recovery Support area of our website to help you better understand anxiety disorder and its symptoms, as well as to provide you with a long list of natural and practical things you can do on your own to help treat anxiety-caused sensations and symptoms.
So, to answer your question, the first thing you should do to help yourself overcome anxiety disorder and its sensations and symptoms is access good self-help information. The more you know, the better off you’ll be. Keep in mind that not all information about anxiety disorder is true. In fact, there is a lot of misinformation about anxiety disorder on the Internet and even coming from professional medical and mental health care providers. You want to be sure you get the right information so that you can get your recovery on track as soon as possible. Accessing misinformation can not only impede your progress but can also cause more harm than good. It's wise to ensure the information you are getting is accurate.
To help in this regard, we have developed the information in the Recovery Support area of our website. We’ve worked hard to ensure this information is accurate. Not only has this information helped us overcome our struggles with anxiety disorder, it has helped countless others over the years, as well.
This information will help you understand what anxiety is, how it affects the body, and what you can do to help your body stop anxiety-caused sensations and symptoms. This information was pivotal in our own recoveries, and we believe it is “must know” information for anyone struggling with anxiety disorder.
And because there is a lot of information to learn, we developed the self-help information in the Recovery Support area of our website so that you could learn on your own and at your own pace. Many of our members have found this information to be an invaluable and irreplaceable anxiety disorder resource.
Some people ask us why we charge to access the Recovery Support area. Well, we didn’t develop anxietycentre.com as a “get rich quick” scheme. We developed it to help people overcome anxiety disorder. Membership fees allow us to help people fulltime so that we can help as many people as possible. This is the career we’ve chosen because we know the hardship anxiety disorder can cause, and we don’t want others to struggle needlessly, as we did. We are passionate about helping people, and this is the way we’ve chosen to do that so that we CAN help people fulltime.
Since we don’t automatically renew memberships without your permission, there is no risk to you. If you like what you find in the Recovery Support area and want to continue to use the help that is provided there, we’ll let you know when your membership is about to expire and you can renew it yourself. If you don’t find our information helpful, your membership will expire on its expiry date. Again, there’s no risk.
Once you have a better understanding of anxiety disorder and its sensations and symptoms, the next step is to consider working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach/therapist. As we mentioned, since anxiety disorder is generally caused by complex and often invisible underlying factors, working with an experienced professional coach/therapist is the best way to work through these factors so that lasting success can be attained.
To that end, we developed our Personal Coaching/Counseling/Therapy program so that those who want to overcome anxiety disorder can work with experienced help. And because we wanted to ensure that our therapists are the “best of the best” therapists, since not all therapists are equal - many claim to be able to help people overcome anxiety disorder but few are good at it - we take great care in selecting and training our recommended anxiety specialists.
Our Personal Coaching/Therapy option allows individuals to work directly with a professional therapist who has personally experienced and has successfully overcome anxiety disorder in his or her own life. Our Personal Coaching/Counseling/Therapy program is specifically designed to help individuals regain their normal health based on their unique circumstances and situation. It’s ideal for those who want help with a step-by-step approach to resolving their anxiety, or when self-help efforts have produced only limited results.
Our recommended therapists work with people from around the world by providing telephone, Skype (voice using the computer), and instant messaging. We found counseling by telephone and Skype to be very effective. In fact, the great majority of our in-person clients have switched to counseling by telephone and Skype because they find it is more effective, convenient, and confidential than face-to-face counseling. We find it to be an extremely effective way to provide counseling help to anyone around the world.
As well, we don’t ask for a long-term commitment if you want to work with one of our recommended therapists. You can stop at any time. If you find it helpful, you can choose to book more appointments. If you don’t find it helpful, you can quit at any time. We don’t lock you into anything you don’t want or find helpful.
Because we've all struggled with and have successfully overcome anxiety disorder, we know how challenging it can be. But we also know that anyone can overcome it, as we have, with the right information, help, and support. And that is the mandate of anxietycentre.com: to help others overcome anxiety disorder so that they can regain their normal health and get on with their lives as we have. Because of our personal and professional experiences with anxiety disorder, we know what works and what doesn't work. Anxietycentre.com focuses on what works so that our clients can move toward recovery efficiently and effectively.
So if you are struggling with anxiety disorder and its sensations and symptoms, recognize you don’t have to suffer needlessly. There is a lot you can do to treat anxiety disorder and its sensations and symptoms…. You hold the power to your own success. We can help you leverage it.
Yes, there aren’t quick or easy solutions to overcome anxiety disorder. Overcoming anxiety disorder and its sensation and symptoms often requires information, help, support, effort, and patience. But if you are willing and committed to regaining your normal health, you can. Consider the above recommendations, then start your recovery today. It’s fully within your ability.
For a more in-depth explanation about why the combination of self-help information and therapy are important, see our four-part article, “Two Levels of Anxiety Disorder Recovery."
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - we call these core causes the underlying factors of anxiety - a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.
For more information about our Anxiety Therapy, Coaching, Counseling option; our Available Anxiety Therapists; to Book An Appointment with one of our anxiety therapists; common Symptoms of Anxiety; Anxiety Attack Symptoms; anxiety Recovery Support area; common Anxiety Myths; and our Anxiety 101 section; or click on the appropriate graphic below:
”CBT can be recommended as a gold standard in the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients with anxiety disorders." - Otte, Christian. "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Anxiety Disorders: Current State of the Evidence." Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. Les Laboratoires Servier, Dec. 2011. Web. 14 Sept. 2016.
DISCLAIMER: Because each body is somewhat chemically unique, and because each person will have a unique mix of symptoms and underlying factors, recovery results may vary. Variances can occur for many reasons, including due to the severity of the condition, the ability of the person to apply the recovery concepts, and the commitment to making behavioral change.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated September 2016.