Amanda Diehl, I thanked God for you and anxietycentre.com
I began a very dark period of anxiety 3 1/2 years ago, after the sudden (and 10 days apart) deaths of my dad and my father-in-law. I did not know what was wrong with me, but I assumed the symptoms were surely caused by a dreadful disease such as MS or even worse, ALS. I made an appointment to see my doctors, in fact, I saw 2 doctors and a physician's assistant. They all diagnosed GAD and prescribed medications. I had horrible reactions to 2 of the meds and did not get the 3rd one filled. I felt hopeless and did not know where to turn.
The worse symptoms involved my central nervous system, and included horrific muscle twitching, jelly legs, and extreme muscle tension. I also had a swooshing in my ears, heart palpitations and a general feeling of poor health. These symptoms, along with a largely fearful way of thinking resulted in a very miserable and nerve-wracking way of life for me. I was terrified that this would be a life-long problem.
During my online research, by the grace of God, I came across the anxiety website anxietycentre.com. I read every word on this website and knew that this was my solution. I became a member and faithfully followed all the advise, particularly doing deep breathing, muscle relaxation and eliminated 95% of the caffeine I was accustomed to. I knew the anxiety symptoms had to become an incentive for me to follow through and get past this. I would do well for weeks, even months at a time; however if I faced the least stressful situation, I would invariably experience the symptoms again, although sometimes on a much reduced level. After working on this on my own for about 3 years, I came to the conclusion that there really must be an underlying issue preventing a full recovery. So, I decided to seek the help of one of the anxiety therapists on your staff.
I emailed you and requested an appointment with Amanda Diehl. She really had to create an opening for me, for which I will be forever grateful! I cannot say enough or speak highly enough about her ability to very quickly ascertain what the issue is and get to work on a plan of action. Amazingly, after a few short months, Amanda congratulated me on my success at achieving full recovery. To put it simply, I feel extremely equipped to live life without the burden of an anxiety disorder. My regular doctor told me a couple of weeks ago during my annual physical, that something seemed different about me, that I seemed to be in a much better place in life. I told her about anxietycentre.com and Amanda, and what had caused this huge improvement in my quality of life.
I am maintaining my membership so that I can have access to the constant update of information as well as the resources provided. Thank you seems inadequate, but I can assure you that I have expressed my gratefulness to God for the commitment you have to helping provide healing and recovery to people who experience anxiety. May God continue to bless you and this ministry!
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.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated August 2016.