Jim Folk, President, anxietycentre.com
Jim Folk specializes in personal coaching for:
- Anxiety Disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
- Panic Disorder (PAD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Sleep Disorder
- Stress Disorder
- Interpersonal relationship development, boundaries
- Esteem building
Jim experienced the following disorders and symptoms:
- All of the anxiety disorders and symptoms listed at our website, with the majority to the extreme intensity and duration.
Jim Folk suffered with anxiety disorder including debilitating panic attacks, from 1974 to 1986. During those 12 years, he had undergone countless tests; sought the help of numerous medical and mental health professionals; traveled to a clinic in Mexicali, Mexico; had been prescribed numerous medications; tried herbs, vitamins, diets, alternative therapies; and a host of other treatments in an attempt to regain his normal health.
In the summer of 1985, Jim came in contact with a psychologist who understood anxiety. Jim's personal experience with anxiety and his comprehensive research, coupled with the psychologist's reassurances, helped Jim to turn his condition around. In 1986, Jim stopped all medication and in 1987, he regained his normal health.
Jim continues to enjoy normal and medication-free health today (over 21 years).
In 1989, Jim began working with others who were experiencing panic and anxiety disorders. In 1992, he wrote the book "Recovering from Panic Attacks," and in 1996, he developed the website www.panicattack-help.com.
Today, in addition to Jim's role as president of anxietycentre.com, he offers personal coaching services to individuals and small groups from around the world, leads anxiety disorder support groups in the Calgary area, and is a public speaker that presents to corporations and organizations, and at conferences and seminars.
As an entrepreneur, Jim, the companies he's founded, and the projects they have participated in, have won hundreds of awards including 7 Gemini Award Nominations, 3 Saskatchewan Showcase Awards, and a coveted Golden Sheaf Award.
Jim has experience in coaching individuals suffering from various forms of anxiety (Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, phobias), stress, depression, interpersonal relationship problems (boundaries, self-esteem), anger issues, and physical/emotional/sexual/spiritual abuse.
Jim and Marilyn Folk currently live in Calgary, Canada.
Members can read more about his personal experiences with anxiety in the member's area of our Web site.
Hi, my name is Marc, and I would like to share my story about my struggles with anxiety disorder.
To make a long story short, because as people know, every day with anxiety disorder can be a full 300-page story in itself, to say the least! In my case, it was, for sure.
At the age of 31 years old, I was diagnosed with anxiety disorder after several doctor visits, including a neurologist. In my case, I always lived a life with strong irrational fears, and my use of recreational drugs didn’t help. I was unlucky in the fact that I experienced close to 50+ symptoms, and every one of them were extremely intense during those awful years.
Like most people, I searched the Internet like crazy trying to find out what was going on with me. In fact, I searched so much that it became a strong obsession.
The Internet, however, was helpful because there were a lot of great websites available (I did try some techniques that I thought were good), but the intensity of my symptoms were way too strong so I thought I needed to seek extra help in a therapeutic way. This meant I needed to talk to someone and preferably someone who already dealt with the many crappy symptoms I had.
When I went to a psychiatrist, he told me that I needed to be on medication for the rest of my life! But I said, "Oh no, this will not happen to me mister," even though I didn’t trust in my own statement at that time.
After that, I found anxietycentre.com and was able to contact someone who understood my struggle perfectly. Finally I was able to start some telephone sessions.
Now let me explain. My condition was no joke! The intensity was 24/7 without almost no breaks or rest!! My most concerning symptoms were the unbalance/dizzy feelings, depersonalization, and having a strong aggressive feeling.
- The unbalance feeling was so strong that I was not able to feel straight or steady on my feet. It also felt like someone was pushing me from the back all the time, and some days the discouragement was severe.
- The aggressive feeling was a sensation in my body that is really hard to explain. I felt I needed to squeeze objects until it hurt enough so that it felt better when I released them. It was like an extreme rush of aggressiveness that needed to be released. It was horrific to say the least.
- Now the depersonalization! Another quite scary sensation. I don’t know about other people, but for me, this symptom presented itself with a succession of really weird thoughts plus a strong feeling that nothing felt normal—everything was strange like a badddddddd drug trip, and for hours and hours.
Friends, family members, and relatives were all very helpful, but nobody—and I mean nobody—got a hint of how bad I was feeling. It affected everything I did: my spiritual state, daily activities, job, etc. Needless to say, it was an awful time!
I can go on and on with everything that I went through, but my ultimate goal is to let people know that the sensations and symptoms GO AWAY with time, even if you don’t believe it now! Just because the body is playing the same old tricks again and again, doesn’t mean it will forever. I remember when I got three to four days in a row with almost no awful sensations and symptoms, it was a massive relief!! And the more I continued with everything related to relaxing, doing new things, and training, etc., the more and more those sensations and symptoms went away; all of them; from electric shock to panic attack, or anything else. They ALL completely went away (NONE OF THEM stayed).
Let me be clear. When my body returned to normal health, there were NO sensations or symptoms left, except for the regular stress that I was dealing with before my body got really overstimulated.
I understand that it's not easy to always do the right thing. Even now (35 years old) sometimes I look at what I am doing and say to myself, "Man, I did not take care of myself recently." I continue to work at this, but it's no longer about being afraid of the sensations and symptoms, and no more being concerned with anxiety disorder. This is in the past now and it will stay there forever ...............
Through this experience, I've learned to accept things differently in life, being more open to try new things, being calmer, and not being over responsible at my job, and many other things.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Doug Wildman and Jim Folk for their help and support. I've been working with them for close to three years and it was worth it. I started with an extreme 'disorder' and I'm proud of the achievement that I've made through all the ups and downs, and all the negativity I felt inside due to my mental state.
I hope this story will encourage others who are discouraged or who may not believe they can recover. I was in that place for a long, long time. But the body and brain are well made and recover by themselves if we calm them down and change our attitude toward our sensations and symptoms. The sensations and symptoms of anxiety are all a lie, and will always be a lie. They aren't something we need to be afraid of.
ex-anxiety disorder sufferer
I just wanted to thank you, Jim and Marilyn. I owe the quality of my life to you guys. It's been about 5 years now and I have remained healthy from anxiety 'illness'. I know I will never have another panic attack, chronic insomnia, muscle twitching and a laundry list of others things I was experiencing when I first reached out to you guys.
You guys must get this all of the time. However, I am another success story for you guys. I just wanted you two to know that I think of you often and will never forget or stop being grateful for what you did for me personally and my family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I hope you already know how I feel. This has been life changing and it is scary to imagine where I would be now if it weren't for your help! I have read many, many books, been to websites and forums and have seen numerous doctors and they never told me the things I have learned from you. They said they had the answer but each time I was left feeling hopeless and wondering if I would ever find the help I needed. As far as I know this is the only place where you can truly get the information needed to heal from this forever, no turning back. I live in a major city and have resources at my fingertips and still I could not find help. You know because you have walked through it with me that I have literally been at the bottom and without you pulling me up with your wisdom, experience and guidance I would still be there. You are fulfilling your life purpose and I am eternally grateful!!
Sherry, 40, USA
Jim, I can't thank you enough for all you've done for me. You have so much information others don't have. You need to write some books on anxiety. I'm sure they'd sell incredibly well.
Tim, 45, USA
I really appreciate everything you've done for me. You've given me my life back. I never thought I would have been able to feel so good. Anxiety is a non-issue for me now.
Looking back, I can't believe all of the things I tried to get rid of my anxiety and symptoms. I wish I would have found you first. I highly recommend you as a personal coach to anyone looking to conquer anxiety and return to normal living. You're the best. I know I've told you that many time, but it's true.
God bless you and the work that you and anxietycentre.com are doing. You truly are making a difference.
Peter, 52, UK
JIM, THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!! Your wisdom and insights into anxiety have made a huge difference in my life. Your approach and compassion are unique to anything else I tried. Thanks again for setting me free from anxiety.
I tell everyone I know about you and anxietycentre.com. I can't tell you how much I appreciated your help. Keep up the great work!
Julie, 38, USA
I will always have a special place in my heart for Jim and Marilyn Folk. Jim's one-on-one counselling transformed my life. His genuine love for my health was overwhelming. Thanks Jim! All my dreams have come true.
I feel very lucky to have found the Anxiety Centre and to have had Jim Folk as my personal coach.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated May 2016.