What’s in the members area?
The members area of our web site
contains a wealth of information about stress, anxiety,
sleep disorders, and depression. This information describes
how these disorders interact with each other, and what
you can do to help yourself regain your normal health.
web site (the members area) is the best collection
of information I have ever found in one place.
It's been instrumental in my recovery." - S.R., USA
The members area includes information, as well as
answers to the following questions:
- What is stress?
- What is anxiety?
- What are the types of anxiety disorders?
- What are the characteristics of each disorder?
- What are the causes?
- What is Stress Disorder?
- Does genetics play a role?
- What about other factors that cause stress and
- What kinds of treatments are available?
- What treatments provide the best results?
- What are the different types of severity, and how
they play a role in recovery?
- What are recovery expectations?
- How fast will it take to recover?
- Is full and lasting recovery even possible?
- What considerations need to be understood before
recovery can occur?
- Are symptoms real or imagined?
- How these conditions can affect the body?
- How these conditions can affect the mind?
- Why these conditions can make you feel so poorly?
- Why these conditions can make you feel like you
are losing your mind?
- What role the brain plays?
- How the brain functions, and the role it plays
in these conditions.
- The endocrine system and the role it plays?
- What are stress hormones?
- What stress hormones do and the role they play?
- Why the mind and body are so tightly linked together.
- Why the biological aspects of anxiety affect the
body the way they do.
- Why this link is so important to understand.
- How many people initially become ill.
- Why many people remain ill.
- Why anxiety is called a “disorder,” and
how it turns into a disorder.
- Common complicating factors
that many people experience, but most don’t
- What are panic attacks?
- What’s the difference
between anxiety and panic attacks?
- Why panic attacks occur?
- What does a person have to do to recover?
- What three considerations need to be understood
before recovery can begin?
- How you can approach your recovery regime so that
it is helpful, not harmful.
- A listing of natural and practical recovery strategies
that produce excellent results.
- What recovery strategies don’t
- What types of exercise can help. What types are
- Dietary and nutritional
considerations that can help, hurt, or prevent
- The importance of sleep, why
it can get disrupted, what to keep in mind, how
the body’s biological
clock plays a role, and many tips on how to get healthy
- How the approach you use can help, hurt, and even
prevent recovery. What you should know?
- Why recovery may seem and be elusive.
- How your breathing is affected, how it can contribute
and even bring on panic, and how you can change it
to help your recovery.
- How stress reduction plays a role in recovery,
and 35 tips to help reduce your stress.
- How prayer can play an important role in your recovery,
and in remaining healthy.
- Why impatience is a recovery barrier.
- How your attitude plays a role not only in your
recovery, but also in your ability to attain lasting
- How to better manage your fears, and why fear is
a common barrier to recovery.
- How your personality may be a significant factor
in the onset of your condition, and what you should
know about it in order to recover and remain recovered.
- How the thoughts you think may be your worst enemy,
and how you can turn it into your greatest ally.
- How to successfully deal with panic and panic attacks.
to countless doctors, psychiatrists, and therapists
over the last 15 years. Your information has
helped me more in two weeks than all of the
others. Thanks for the great information!!" - A.N., UK
There are also self-evaluation tools to
help you to raise your awareness about anxiety, worry,
lifestyle, and behaviors that can negatively impact
your life and recovery.
A comprehensive symptoms area that
contains everything you should know about your symptoms,
such as, descriptions, reasons they appear, and what
you can do to eliminate them.
A section on medications:
- how they can help
- how they can hurt
- what to consider before taking a medication
- what to consider before coming off of a medication
A section on Sleep:
all about sleep, problems, anxiety-related sleep
problems, tips and solutions
A section on the Process of Change
- Why understanding the Process of Change is important
- Why understanding the stages of change can make
the difference between full recovery and remaining
About Depression – a
section on depression
A section on sleep and sleep problems
Helpful tips - tips to help your
understanding and recovery
Relaxation Ideas – ideas
to help with your relaxation
Jim Folk's Story – Jim Folk’s
personal struggle with anxiety
Not Making Progress? – There
are many reasons why your recovery may be elusive or
stalled. Here are many of the common reasons.
A General Articles section
- Pregnant women urged to avoid Paxil
- Abuse may arrest or delay emotional maturation
- Abuse affects our ability to trust others
- The connection between anxiety and childhood abuse
- Studies show a dramatic increase in disorders resulting
from marijuana usage
- Use the body's natural laws to regain your normal
- Stressing Health: Anxiety may be making your patients
- Shy? You may be born that way
- Study links infant nurturing to adult stress levels
- Reduced sleep can have serious consequences
- Antidepressants unsafe for children, British warn
- Some vitamins bad for you, study warns
- Vitamin Makers Fined For Price-fixing
- Aging Baby Boomers Popping More Pills
- Stress in the workplace rising
- Having difficulty sleeping…going to sleep…staying
asleep? Do you wake up in a panic attack or super
energized? Are mornings the worst? Here’s why!
- Paxil/Seroxat Addictive... It's Official! A U.S.
Federal court agrees that Paxil can be habit-forming.
- When it comes to anxiety disorder,
which treatment provides the best results; Pharmacological
(medication) or ‘talk therapy’ (Cognitive
and behavior strategies)?
- Serotonin and SSRI medications (Prozac, Paxil,
etc.) - What you should know
- Medication: What we don't know, could kill us
- Coming off of medication? In a hurry?
- What I learned: A Summary
- A little stress can last a long time
- It could be the medication you are taking
- What to do when life becomes full of challenges
- Dealing with the 'what if's'
- What goes up, comes down slowly
A Members Comments section – some
of our members have shared their experience.
Anxiety Journal – Comments
from our coaches/counselors/members
For family, relatives, and friends of those
who have a condition Tips to help sufferers
Tips to help children of sufferers
Tips to help loved ones and caregivers
Abby's Diary – a chronicle
of Abby’s experiences and recovery - 30 entries
Discussion Forum – with
thousands of entries
A Frequently Asked
Questions section – that
contains answers to common questions about stress,
anxiety, sleep disorders, and depression, including
anxiety cause "eye floaters?" If I
rest, will they go away? - Audio
have been clearing my throat quite a bit lately.
My doctor told me that this could be caused
by anxiety. Can anxiety cause more phlegm than
usual…can this happen?
ingesting a lot of salt (table salt, potato
chips, salty snacks) increase my anxiety symptoms?
anxiety make you feel like your brain is tingly?
anxiety cause back pain and other back problems?
have pain and stiffness in my hands and feet. Can
anxiety cause this?
high blood pressure cause anxiety or does anxiety
cause high blood pressure?
since my anxiety has gotten a lot worse, I've lost
a lot of weight. Can anxiety cause weight loss?
become fatigued and my arms and legs feel achy
and sore like I did a rigorous workout. It comes
and goes and hits sometimes suddenly. Is this
normal with anxiety?
does anxiety cause breathing symptoms?
breathing is very labored and shallow, and I’m
concerned that I may stop breathing and die.
Can anxiety cause this to happen?
anxiety cause my skin to feel hot to the touch
and look red?
intense or heavy workouts cause my anxiety
symptoms to increase - AUDIO VERSION?
anxiety cause burning, itchy, “crawly,” prickly
or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, or
numbness on the skin?
can anxiety symptoms appear or escalate “out
of the blue?”
aerophagia be caused by anxiety?
anxiety cause skin problems and rashes?
I regain my normal health, do I have to practice
my recovery strategies as diligently as I did
to recover and for the rest of my life, or can
I reduce them and still maintain my normal health?
being diagnosed with an anxiety or depression condition
mean that I have a serious mental illness?
Chemical Imbalance or Biological Brain Problem
anxiety cause a constant urge to have a bowel movement?
stress and anxiety cause a stroke?
muscle twitching be caused by anxiety? My doctor
says mine is, but I'm having a hard time believing
vertigo a symptom of anxiety disorder? I have had
several episodes of dizziness when I am lying down
and of course the anxiety floods my body as soon
as I feel the sensation of the room spinning.
do we feel worse or experience anxiety symptoms
AFTER a stressful event is over?
anxiety cause stomach problems? If so, why?
a specific symptom shows up, what is the best
way to deal with it?
alcohol consumption make my anxiety worse?
have difficulty swallowing and it feels like there
is something stuck in my throat. Can anxiety cause
recently developed a ringing in my ears. Is this
serious? Is this related to my anxiety?
am I so worried when I wake up in the middle of
have social anxiety disorder. I’ve tried
a number of self-help programs but nothing seems
to work for me. What can I do?
been experiencing frequent urination, but no burning
or other urinary problems. I've been to the doctor
and he says it's related to my anxiety. Can anxiety
been having lots of DéjàVu’s
lately. I’ve had tests done and everything
is normal. Can anxiety cause frequent Déjà Vu’s?
- I'm struggling with shortness of breath. I'm fine
when exercising but have a hard time when not. Can
this be caused from anxiety?
- Are headaches common for anxiety? Are shooting
pains in the head something anxiety related? If so,
what causes them?
- I've been experiencing stiffness around my neck
and shoulder area, along with that heavy feeling
on top of your head. Is this a symptom of anxiety?
- Is it common for people with
high anxiety to feel disconnected from loved ones
and disconnected from themselves? I feel like I don't know who I
am anymore. EVERYTHING is scary to me! Is
this common for anxiety?
- I am feeling better, but I am
completely exhausted, usually around mid afternoon.
Also, my head feels heavy and I feel like I could
sleep for a long time. What’s this all about?
- I have a feeling like there is something stuck
in my throat, or that there is a lump in my throat.
What causes this?
- How do sleep-related hallucinations differ from
drug-induced or mental illness related hallucinations?
- One morning as I was just waking up, I had a very
vivid experience that scared me. I think I hallucinated.
Is this serious? If so, was it caused by anxiety?
- I have difficulty concentrating and short-term
memory loss. Are these symptoms of anxiety?
- Is burning and itching scalp, scalp tightness,
and thinning hair common for anxiety?
- I’ve just been through a number of major
stressors. I thought I did pretty good, but now that
everything is over and I’m starting to unwind,
I’m experiencing symptoms. Why does this occur?
- I have been feeling better, when all of a sudden
I felt like I was going to pass out. Could this have
been a panic attack?
- I’ve been experiencing
awful symptoms, and have had countless tests done.
All have come back normal, but I continue to feel
they missed something. How can I stop worrying
about this? Do doctors generally miss more serious
- My chiropractor says he can
cure anxiety by manipulating certain neck and back
muscles that are affecting the nervous system. Have
you heard of this working?
- I've been struggling with one of these conditions
and have read the website. What do I do now?
- I have a number of distressing symptoms. What do
- I'm experiencing feelings of
unreality or a "foggy-headed" feeling.
Is this normal for anxiety?
- Can my anxiety be the result of low magnesium?
- My heart seems to skip beats
or "flip-flop" in
my chest. Is this common for anxiety?
- I'm experiencing heart palpitations. They are really
frightening me. Is this common for anxiety?
- I'm afraid of passing out. Is this common for anxiety?
- Is it normal that after a long period of time and
making good progress for a new symptom to show up?
- Is it possible to feel symptoms
even though I don’t
feel stressed or anxious?
- My breathing is affected by
stress, my chest constantly feels tight, and I
have knots between my shoulders. What
can I do to get rid of this?
- Does the artificial sweetener “aspartame” have
any affect on someone with anxiety?
- Is dizziness a common side effect or symptom of
- Why am I afraid of being trapped in a place with
no exits such as airplanes, crowds, trains?
- I feel claustrophobic and I get anxious and begin
to obsess when I am in traffic or in crowded places.
What do I do?
- Why do I experience an increase in anxiety symptoms
before and during my monthly period?
- Can "cold chills" up
and down one leg be caused by anxiety?
- Can I suddenly snap, lose my mind, or go permanently
- Once you are beginning to feel a little better,
does doing too much cause a set back?
- I drink caffeinated coffee. Can this slow down
my recovery or aggravate my anxiety and depression?
- How badly do we damage our bodies when we suffer
from anxiety? I'm concerned about the long-term effects.
- I have very crazy thoughts. Things that seemed
normal to me when I was healthy, seem weird or scary
now. Is this normal?
- My mind won't stop chattering. Is this normal?
- I can't believe stress or anxiety can really do
this to a person
- This can't be anxiety. I must have something else
wrong with me because my condition is so much worse
A Spirituality section,
and why having a spiritual life is important to recovery,
life satisfaction, and eternity.
An Inspiration section to help encourage