caused by a “chemical imbalance” in the brain:
In a recent online poll we conducted at
our website, 79.8 percent of respondents said they believed
anxiety disorder was caused by a biological problem or
chemical imbalance in the brain.
In another recent poll we conducted, 78.4
percent of respondents said they believed anxiety disorder
was genetically inherited.
While we expected many people to believe
anxiety disorder is genetically inherited or caused by
a “chemical” or “biological” problem
with the brain, we were surprised to see how many people
believed these notions.
These high percentages were surprising
for us since anxiety is NOT caused by a chemical imbalance
or biological problem in the brain or caused by genetics.
I know many people, including many in the medical profession,
have been led to believe that these notions are true, but
the facts and evidence suggest otherwise. In fact, new
research continues to disprove these notions as a cause
of anxiety and depressive disorders. Our personal experiences
with these disorders and professional experiences as coaches/counselors/therapists
agree with the latest research.
If you believe that anxiety and depressive
disorders are caused by a “chemical imbalance” in
the brain or genetic predisposition, you may want to click
here and discover what new research and others are saying
about these false notions.
LIVE Call-In sessions.
There are now over 8 hours of audio clips
of members' conversations with Jim Folk about a variety
of anxiety topics, including how to manage the "crazy
thoughts" symptoms, how to deal with dizziness, how
to deal with worry, how to deal with breathing symptoms,
and how to deal with persistent symptoms, to name a few.
Any member can participate in these sessions.
The next SKYPE LIVE Call-In session
is Thursday, July 23 at 11 AM MST. For more information,
see the members home page.
always worried about my health. I worry that I have, or
will get, a deadly disease. I can’t stop thinking
about it. What can I do to overcome this?
A great many people struggle with health
fears because health fears often are closely associated
with core fears: those fears at the root of our anxieties.
For example, core fears commonly associated with health
fears include, the fear of death and dying, the fear of
pain and suffering, the fear of loss, the fear of uncertainty,
the fear of being out of control, the fear of being alone,
and the fear of what happens after death.
While some people can come to healthier
terms with their core fears, a therapist is almost always
required to help resolve them because core fears are so
central to our psyche.
Since we learn our fears, we often have
what we believe are good reasons to have them. Therefore
most of us aren’t able to convince ourselves of a
less fearful view of them. A professional therapist, however,
can help in this process by helping you discover the reasons
for your fears, and then by providing you with healthier
ways of viewing them so that their threat isn’t as
Because the success rate of using self-help
materials alone to resolve core fears is low, again, we
recommend working with an experienced anxiety disorder
therapist to overcome your health fears. We also recommend
working with a therapist who has had anxiety and has had
to resolve health fears in his or her own life. It is our
opinion that therapists who were merely trained in resolving
core fears aren’t as effective as those who have
successfully done it in their own lives. There’s
something to be said for those who have had to walk the
walk, and not just talk the talk.
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