Anxiety Myth #13: You can eliminate anxiety disorder with a special ‘remedy’ or ‘quick fix’ cure.
Another common anxiety myth: you can eliminate anxiety disorder with a special ‘remedy’ or ‘quick-fix’ cure.
Anxiety disorder can feel awful, frightening, and overwhelming. It can also be powerful, greatly debilitating, and frustrating. So, it’s understandable to want anxiety disorder and how it feels to end as quickly as possible.
But due to the cause and consequences of problematic anxiety, there is no quick way to overcome anxiety disorder and its symptoms, especially when anxiety disorder reaches the moderate and above ranges.
Unfortunately, there are some people and organizations that want to capitalize on the desire for a quick-fix remedy or cure. Too often we’ve seen people and organizations offering ‘miracle’ cures and ‘quick-fix’ remedies for anxiety disorder. Sadly, many people fall victim to this misrepresentation.
Since anxiety disorder is caused by multifaceted and long-held behaviors (thoughts and actions), and since anxiety’s consequences can impact the body in a dramatic and long-lasting way, there is no way to quickly overcome or eliminate anxiety disorder and/or its stress response consequences once anxiety disorder reaches the moderate and above ranges. Successfully resolving these degrees of anxiety disorder most often require determined work, perseverance, and time.
Similar to getting a Masters Degree, overcoming anxiety disorder requires getting the right information, help, and support, as well as doing the right work and for long enough. None of which can be accomplished without the required amount of information, help, effort, and time.
Yes, there are many ways to reduce, and even eliminate, some of the symptoms of anxiety. But reducing and eliminating symptoms doesn’t mean you’ve eliminated your issues with anxiety. Anxiety symptoms are merely that: symptoms of a deeper problem.
Until the root of the problem is identified and successfully resolved, it will remain and continue to cause symptoms. Only when the core of the problem is identified and successfully addressed will the entire problem and its symptoms be eliminated. Any other approach will provide temporary, if any, relief.
Dealing with the root of the problem - anxiety’s underlying factors – eliminates the problem and its symptoms. This is the way to lasting success. None of this can be accomplished quickly.
How can this myth hamper recovery?
If you believe there is a quick-fix remedy or cure, you can spend a lot of time searching for and trying them only to find out none of them work over the long-term. Not getting sufficient or permanent relief may lead you to believe there is no hope for your anxiety, which could lead you to struggle long-term…and needlessly.
How can this myth make things worse?"
If, after unsuccessfully trying all of the quick-fix cures and remedies, you conclude that your anxiety is beyond help, you might conclude that your situation is hopeless. Feeling hopeless is a common cause of anxiety and depression.
But if you believe anxiety is a behavior you can work at changing, that realization alone can bring hope, which can alleviate a great deal of unnecessary anxiety and feelings of being depressed.
Anxiety isn’t about something that’s ‘gone wrong’ and that you can’t correct. Anxiety is about behavior that all of us can change and control when we know how. Working with an experienced anxiety therapist, coach, or counsellor can teach you those important skills.
All of us at anxietycentre.com have experienced problematic anxiety and know how out of control it can seem. But we also know that there are many ways we can gain control over it. Getting the right information, help, and support, and then doing the right work and for long enough, is all that is required to treat anxiety unwellness. No one needs to suffer needlessly!
Anxiety isn't something that needs to be cured because it isn’t an illness. Dealing with our apprehensive behaviors, which cause issues with anxiety, addresses the entire anxiety unwellness problem. Anyone can do this work with the right information, help, and support.
Again, no one needs to suffer endlessly. There is help available. Many people have addressed their issues with problematic anxiety, including all of us at anxietycentre.com. The road to success is clear and well traveled. Those who do the right work can succeed!
NOTE: There are many natural ways to treat mild to moderate anxiety issues and symptoms. A cursory review of reputable anxiety disorder websites often reveals this information. But don’t mistake these natural ways as ‘miracle’ cures, as they are common sense approaches to alleviating mild forms of anxiety unwellness.
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 September 2016.