You are not alone. There are many people who suffer with anxiety disorder and panic attacks. There is hope, and you can get better - for good!
We receive email and notes from people from around the world. Here are some of the comments we have received about our website and anxiety therapy, coaching, and counseling services:
I am very grateful to the anxiety centre website and the excellent counseling sessions with Stacey. I was under a lot of stress from an overload of business trips, was experiencing anxiety and feeling overwhelmed when I first started working with him. I was under pressure to bring in more work and I let the pressure build up in me and actually took on more business assignments than was healthy. I did not have the work-life balance I so treasure.
I had never had any counseling before, so I cannot compare the sessions with Stacey with any other sessions. However, right from the very start I felt an immediate sense of trust being built. I could feel that he genuinely wanted to help me. He is very gifted as a counselor and a coach. He helps you to see and really understand things more clearly and deeply. He also gives you practical tools to work with.
It was especially comforting to work with someone who really understands anxiety and takes the time to help you understand symptoms and how not to fear them. I learned how to understand the symptoms better. Afterwards they started decreasing more and more. I moved from a state of "fight or flight" to a state of "rest and recuperation". I still have a lot of work, but it is better paced now because I also make a conscious effort to pace it better.
I learned to slow down again and not feel I had to carry the burden alone of finding funding opportunities at work. I understand that it is a team project to be shared by all team members.
I would recommend Stacey very highly. He walks with you, empowers you and helps you to help yourself thrive.
Thank you again, Stacey. I really valued our time together.
I used to be an R.N. and I have found your site to be the best one I have ever read.
I have no intention to renew my subscription. The reason is the best reason you can expect - with your great help I am now completely OK. You have a great website and I hope a lot of people got positive results just like I've got.
Thank you very much!
Thank you for providing an inportant service. It was so convenient to have sessions by phone, in the comfort of my home. I have and will continue to recommend your website.
Hello anxietycentre.com, I have just had an episode of anxiety attacks that seemed to come from nowhere. I went straight away to your website and was rewarded straight away by reading through your explanations, reminded myself of getting back to 'calm,' and began to feel the benefits straight away.
Thank you for being there, for your explanations, and for symptom reminders that feel so comforting. I hope anyone who is experiencing any kind of anxiety manages to find your site.
As year closes, I want to thank you for giving me my life back. Last New Year's Eve I was so crippled from muscle tension that my husband had to help me dress, and the entire evening was pretty much one long panic attack. This year I have no aches or pain or muscle tension, and we're about to leave for a party with a group of our friends. I would never have believed fear and anger could have caused all the 'symptoms' I was having without you and Sue convincing me it was so.
I have met some other people who work in this field (offshoots of Sarno's work) and they have also helped immensely. And I worked with a life coach who helped me practice setting boundaries.
But none of that would have been possible if my sister hadn't found your website. I've recommended it to many people, and what I've learned has helped others. So, I thank you for giving me my life back as I can't imagine what my life would have been like without you.
I just wanted to thank you for your fantastic website. I just recomended it to someone and thought I'd take the time to write to you.
I suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and panic disorder in 2008 and 2009, and reached the bottom of all bottoms with them. I was a member of your website for that time and the help I got from the reading I did on there was just phenomenal and one of the main reasons I'm alive and well today, and no meds. I have no doubt about that.
Particularly the symptoms list, I would check in regularly with it to help stay sane as I experienced 90% of the symptoms in that list. It was the most unpleasant time of my life and I still count my blessings that I'm here today and I can't thank you enough for your website.
Keep up the great work.
To be called a success story is a huge thing because of where I was and where I am [now], it's amazing. And Jennifer is just incredible.
I've never been happier...I feel so good on the inside and on the outside, it's unbelievable. I am totally living my life.
Please let anxietycentre do what they did for me, for you.
I will be forever grateful... You guys [anxietycentre.com and Jennifer Watts] are great.
Keep up the great work.
I would like to say some words about
my experiences with Doug Wildman, anxiety, and anxietycentre.com.
I can’t express enough gratitude for the amazing help I have received through Doug Wildman and the resulting transformation I have been going through with assistance from the member’s area of the anxietycentre.com website. My life has changed forever and I am finally turning into the person that I always wanted to be...and the person I never thought I could be.
It all started in 2006 when I got my first panic attack. I had been highly anxious since I was a young child but I did not become seriously symptomatic until I was 38 years old. That first attack set in motion an intense fear of my symptoms until the point where I was paralyzed in fear...intense fear, panic attacks, feelings of gloom and doom, crazy thoughts, sweating, heart palpitations, racing heart, tingling sensations, depersonalization, shivering, shaking, muscle twitches, headaches, dizziness, and nausea. I also encountered terrible insomnia. At its worst, I didn’t sleep for a four-day stretch. To say I fell apart would be an understatement. I was convinced that my life was over, that I was going to lose my family, and that I was going to end up in a mental hospital.
My doctor prescribed antidepressants, which I took for a year. After getting SOME relief...with emphasis on SOME, I went off of them. Six months later I was back on them after another panic attack hit me out of the blue. I thought my life was going to be a lifelong struggle with a disorder that I could not control and that I would be on medication for the duration of my life.
I searched websites, went to a psychologist, and purchased books...I tried everything. I finally found a program that gave me some optimism that this condition could be eradicated but I quickly lost interest when I wasn’t getting immediate relief. Sound familiar??
My life changed dramatically in
March of this year when I found anxietycentre.com.
It sounded great so I purchased a membership and began
to read the site. I was absolutely floored with the
amount of information the site provided. I knew I had
found the best anxiety information on the net. I started
putting the information into practice with respect
to recovery strategies and was slowly starting to notice
improvements. I followed the advice closely.
I started to feel better, a lot better actually, but I still wasn’t feeling like I was on my way to complete recovery. I still had periods of bad anxiety mixed with feeling “ok” at best. Still, it was a lot better than before.
Then I started to read about personal coaching on
the site. I became interested in the underlying factors
of anxiety after reading about them on the site, because
I could relate to them. I noticed how poor my mental
habits were and how it was contributing to my anxiety
and resulting depression. I made my first appointment
with Doug Wildman in May of 2009.
I was instantly at ease with Doug and he made me comfortable from the beginning. It was so refreshing talking to somebody who had been through the same crippling anxiety that I had. Here I was talking to someone who was just like me, and beat the condition. If he could do it, maybe I could too. I was also shocked at how well I could relate with him on how I felt and thought. For the first time, somebody “gets me”...understands me. Honestly, it was like talking to a mirror, because the problems that I thought were unique to me were just classic anxiety symptoms and issues that he lived through and defeated himself. I was not crazy after all...I finally had hope!!
I was skeptical at first that I could achieve complete recovery like Doug. That’s not unusual, because I think many of us anxious people think our condition is worse or more entrenched than the other person. “Sure, they could do it, but I won’t be able to because my condition is worse and I have had it longer than they have.” But I was dead wrong on that thought. More on that in a moment.
I have been working with Doug since May on my underlying factors, and it has been the most eye-opening experience of my life. Not only are my anxiety symptoms no longer a significant issue, I have learned incredible life lessons and tools to cope with everyday life. I’m happy, motivated, calm, and content. Quite frankly, I’m already feeling better now than I can ever remember in my life...even as a child. I’m not tense or irritable any longer either. I have learned to be comfortable with myself and live life the way it was supposed to be.
I still plan on working with Doug into the future because I still have a lot of learning to do. I’m still in recovery mode, although anxiety is no longer a significant issue for me. For all of you anxiety sufferers, I can’t emphasize enough how important personal counselling is...and Doug is top notch. Great person and a great counsellor. He’s my mentor.
A few important words for the anxiety sufferers out there. Take these words to heart because I’m a living, breathing example of someone who has lived it and conquered it:
• YOU CAN BEAT IT. It’s
not easy, but consistent application of the advice
on anxietycentre.com and working with a counsellor
WILL fix your disorder.
• IT TAKES TIME. You will have days where you question whether you will get better or not. You will have ups and downs and it will test your patience and confidence. Hang in there friend, and don’t give up...I felt like giving up over and over again and I stuck with it even when I felt down. I now reap the benefits and have defeated it.
• YOU ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN OTHER ANXIETY SUFFERERS. Your disorder will go away if you apply the strategies. You are NOT a hopeless cause and your condition is BEATABLE, despite how poorly you feel. Take that to the bank.
• YOU ARE IN CONTROL, NOT THE DISORDER. And in time, those obsessive thoughts that were giving you trouble (those thoughts that you never thought you could control) eventually go away. Take comfort in that.
My life is better than I could have imagined. My renewed confidence is going to take me places in life that I never dreamed would be possible. You could feel like that too...just give it a chance.
By the way, I’m also
God Bless Jim Folk for starting this website, and God Bless Doug Wildman for being there for me as my counsellor and friend.
I know it's been quite some time since I last contacted you, but I just wanted to take the time to come back and thank you for all you did to help me turn my life back around! When I first stumbled across your website by some miracle of God, I was in a total pit of misunderstanding of what was going on, how I had gotten in such a state, or what on earth I could do to ever get out of it. However, thanks to your wonderful insight, understanding, patience, and counseling, (not to mention your invaluable website), I have managed to wake up to a bright and happy future. I am no longer a slave to anxiety. I now have the tools I need to control and even beat it!
Just last month I spent a whole carefree day with my family at an amusement park going on all kinds of roller coasters with my family--something I wouldn't have even thought of doing awhile back. It was such a fun, carefree day!
There are times, of course, that the stress and forgetting to keep in practice what you taught me get me a bit off track, but then I just remember to come "home" to your website and take a refresher course. And, that puts me right back on the right road.
God has given you a remarkable gift in the ability to help others, and I know it did come at the cost of going through terrible anxiety yourself; however, it has made you a great man!
So, on behalf of myself and all the others you have helped or will help in the future--THANK YOU!
Faith in God, prayer, and you have made all the difference in my life.
God's continued blessings to you and your family!
Prior to finding Anxietycentre.com, I went through an intense period of anxiety that completely overwhelmed me. I was desperate for help. I thank God, literally, for helping me to find this website. The information was life saving for me. I also utilized the available coaching. Working with my coach, combined with the information at the website, allowed me to take serious strides toward recovery and then management of my condition. Understanding what was going on and the reasons underlying it, were essential in allowing me to calm down and start changing my thought patterns and reactions.
I continue to practice the skills and thought patterns I've learned on a daily basis. I highly recommend anxietycentre.com to anyone struggling with anxiety or overwhelming stress.
Thank you for your life changing help.
I want to register my admiration for the wonderful website maintained by all of you. It is an excellence resource and contains a library full of information nicely condensed for easy reading.
I also wish to say that the integrity of the information and the honest answers only add to the competent advice found on the website and the Skype recordings.
Great job and I hope you will be around for many many years to come rendering the amazing help to everyone out there. God Bless You.
I knew I had reached the bottom when I registered onto an internet site that cost money!!! But this is the best site ever. It has really helped. I no longer think I am dying of a strange disease.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge, common sense, and years of anxiety experience.
FINALLY. Someone who understands anxiety!!
Thank you so much for your wonderful website. It's the best information available. I now understand what's going on. Your information has made a big difference in my life.
Why don't doctors know this information? It makes me angry that they so don't understand anxiety. I'm glad you guys do. Thanks again.
THANK YOU ANXIETYCENTRE! You guys saved my life.
I was totally freaked out about what was going on. Out of desperation, I became a memberb of your excellent website and IT WAS THE BEST THING I COULD HAVE DONE.
I can't believe how much of a difference it has made. Yes, you saved my life!! THANK YOU!!
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you have done. The health and peace I now experience was, in a large part, due to your help and support...
Thanks. I couldn't have done it without you! Keep up the great work!!
Thanks to your help, I'm doing really well. I struggled for so long (20 years), I thought I would never feel normal again.
Thank you so much. There's no way I can ever repay you for your help!
I've just started reading your site, and I must say it's some of the best information I have read, in books, or on the net.
Really a great website. I was suffering from anxiety symptoms for many years. I didn't realize what was happening until I read the chapters at your website. I spent lot of money contacting doctors and taking medication, but they were of no use...
This website has given me good knowledge of what is happening (symptoms) to me. Thanks.
Thank you for your wonderful website and help. I couldn't have done it without you.
With what your website has taught me, and of course your excellent help, it's easy going from here on out. Great job!
Your website has helped me so much. I'm just about 100% better.
Thank you so much for all the support and useful information you offer with your website.
has been one interesting journey from having my
life turned upside by a series of panic attacks,
more anxiety symptoms than I could count both mentally
and physically to today.
The day my doctor said to me “Just Learn To Live With It” I was lost and thinking, how, live with this, what sort of life would that be. Lucky enough I stumbled across this website and the information here gave me all the resources I needed to find what I needed to do to overcome this terrible condition that has been flagging me for as long as I can remember.
The people on
this site and the information in it gave me the courage
to leave the Zoloft script from my doctor in the
cupboard unused, however there were many times I
felt maybe it would be just easier to use it and
see what happened, I didn’t.
At first the light at the end of the tunnel seemed so far away and getting to it seemed like climbing an unsurmountable mountain but as time went by I could see that light getting closer and closer. Sure sometimes I stumbled and fell back a way but I always said to myself to stumble backwards I must have been able to go forwards.
I’ve learnt a lot through this, how to relax, meditate, breathe properly, eat properly and for me the most important control my thoughts.
It certainly has been the most difficult thing I have done in my life. It is hard to believe that I really thought I was going to die from a heart attack not all that long ago due to all the symptoms and mental feelings I was having. That was the scariest thing I have ever been through, I really thought I was going to die any second from a heart attack, it just seemed so real. The only people that probably understand how “real” it feels is people that have experienced similar panic attacks. The doom & gloom feeling, the mental tricks and the physical symptoms are so convincing. I listen to that song at time by "Missy Higgins" called "The Special Two" and she has a part in their we she sings, "And I look over me like a doctor looking for disease, Or something that could ease the pain. But nothing cures the hurt you, you bring on by yourself". While that is more about lost love, it kinda seemed relevant to the way I felt at times with anxiety/panic attacks.
I feel healthier now than I have ever felt (for as long as I can remember), I feel an inner peace and calmness that I never had before. I just don’t worry about things now and just do one task at a time, and take each day as it comes. No stress, No worry, inner peace. I also feel happy, while this may sound silly, for me it’s a big thing, happiness was not something I readily felt in the past.
People around me have commented on how healthy I’m looking and recognise a distinct change in my behaviour in general. I also believe that all the things I have learnt will help me in many ways to overcome any other illness or problems I may run into in the future.
In many ways going through this has helped me become a better person both spiritually and physically.
I thank Jim and his website for that along with all the people in this discussion group that provide links and information to various resources that were definitely of great aid to me in more than one way.
Good luck to everyone on this journey, never give up hope, stay positive and you can come out the other side not just feeling great, but in many ways a new person.
I also wanted to tell you after 8 months of searching and praying to God that I have finally found peace of mind with your website.
I am truly grateful.
May God truly bless you Jim, and know this, You have truly touched my heart with your kindness and generosity, the information on your website has already began to heal my mind and soul.
I want to tell you how very much I appreciate your site. I've learned quite a bit already!
Your site has been invaluable in educating me (and my wife!) about this condition, and how to approach it.
When I first found it, I was feeling pretty low. Your insights are wonderful, and I thank you very much.
And I have to say, best $20 I ever spent - I took a risk trying your site and I am ever so thankful I did. I feel so much better. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!!!!!!!
Thank you for providing an inportant service. It was so convenient to have sessions by phone, in the comfort of my home. I have and will continue to recommend your website. Best regards,
Hello Anxiety centre, I have just had an episode of anxiety attacks that seemed to come from nowhere. I went straight away to your website and was rewarded straight away by reading through your explanations, reminded myself of getting back to 'calm,' and began to feel the benefits straight away. Thank you for being there, for your explanations, and for symptom reminders that feel so comforting. I hope anyone who is experiencing any kind of anxiety manages to find your site.
Thank you, Christine
"Wow-I can't believe it's been a year already. I just today renewed my subscription, and I continue to be greatly appreciative of your work. I feel a lot better, mainly because of one thing: information. Even though I haven't been on the site in a while, I continue to benefit from what I learned when I initially signed up. Knowing what's behind anxiety in all its forms is tremendously helpful in beating it.
What you do is incredible and I hope it continues. Because of your support, you have my support. May you be blessed in your efforts!"
"Who would have known that a google search would have changed my life by pointing me to your website? I have lived the last 15 years with a buffet of anxiety related issues...
Then I stumbled onto your site and immediately became a member. Every new page is a treasure chest of information and thoughts that I had never known. I was amazed how I could have read a number of books and web sites and never had found all the answers until now.
As I read I felt the most cathartic rush of understanding and peace. Not the kind of temporary peace that anxiety sufferers get from a doctor telling them they are okay, but a true peace where I finally "saw the light". Everything makes sense now. You spoke to every fear and symptom that I had ever thought, no matter how irrational it seemed.
I had been driving through winding mental roads, never understanding why certain streets lead you in directions I didn't understand. Your website is a map that showed me the landscape as a whole and it clicked. I am now far above the ocean looking down instead of caught underwater in the undertow. It feels so good to be free. Just like before the panic ever happened. I also enjoy living in the "now" so much instead of in the land of "what if?". "Now" is such a great time to live in, especially because of your site. Thank you for time and passion that you put into this."
"I'm incredibly impressed with the amount of work you have put into this, and with all of the material you have made available."
B. Sc., M.D., F.R.C.P. (c) - Psychiatry
"Once again, thank you very much for your kind and helpful words. What an awesome feeling it is to not be consumed with fear and anxiety 24/7! It was definitely worth the effort and hard times I had to go through to get here. I honestly never thought I would get back to this point.
"Your site is like a salve on a wound. I'm relieved and inspired everytime I visit. I am grateful beyond words.
"Of all the 10,000 websites I've visited on panic disorder, I'd say yours is definitely the best. I just wish you lived next door to me so I could call in and get some first hand advice.
"You really should write a book. I bought both of Claire Weekes books. Those books combined with your web page gives such a clear explanation of this disorder and a cure as well. These resources should be a must read for all practitioners who claim to treat anxiety and for all G.P's who treat bewildered symptomatic patients.
My symptoms continue, but I'm practicing, practicing.
Patience, Floating, Acceptance. I know I have been hung up on
getting off the medication, if only to clear the decks and not
be clouded by it. In my mind I believe it is holding up recovery.
I should be done in a week or so. I am not going to anticipate
anything. I will accept what transpires, and with gratitude,
recover. It's been a revelation to understand that I have had
this disorder a long, long time and that it is responsible for
behavior and thought patterns that have ruled my life. I am releasing
the struggle now and I am on the path of joy.
"Dear Jim and all involved in this site,
Thank you so very much for my membership details. Today I've been into the site and have to say how wonderful it is. You have made it so easy to understand anxiety and panic instead of confusing sufferers like some of the medical sites on these subjects tend to do. I know that at the height of my panic etc. the last thing I needed was too much technical jargon and that is why I found your information was so helpful and comforting and taught me more than 4 years of Psychiatric Counselling ever did.
I thank you not just on my behalf but for everyone out there who is going through this illness.
God bless you all,
"Wow, wow, wow, you are a great big
shiny star! The site is fantastic, be proud of yourself!
Here's to helping many more people dance with life!! Love
"Just wanted to say I "stumbled" onto
your web site today and I am so very glad I did. Most importantly
I am so appreciative that someone has taken the time, and
expended so much effort to share this information.
"While feeling pretty bad I discovered your web page and when I read it through I thought, "Now I know I have a guardian angel"! Thanks for making a wonderful difference in my life at this time. I never understood what was happening to me. God Bless You"
"It was a validation of my experience
that I had never had before from anywhere. It made me feel
great. It made me feel, well, normal! And I just wanted to
thank you. Your site is wonderful. Keep up the good work!
I receive a lot of email from people who are suffering from, or live with, or know someone who is suffering from, this illness. The majority of stories are similar to what I personally experienced. But every once and awhile a story arrives that really demonstrates the seriousness and impact of this illness.
I received a story that truly moved me. And, with her permission, I have posted it for you to read as well.
Camelle, thank you so much for letting others benefit from your experience. God bless you.
"Thank you for this wonderful web
site today! It may have helped me save my life! I woke up
with a panic attack this morning, that became increasingly
worse! The only way I could see hope was to end my life!
I know others have this disease. I have been diagnosed with
it for 5 years, when I tried to end my life in an attempt
to get help. I had a Dr. that thought the only way to treat
it was with meds. I have not had anything this scary in a
long time! It is a vicious cycle of events. Thank you for
helping me today and hopefully changing my tomorrow's!
"Hi Jim, ' just a quick note to say I have
been feeling pretty good. Something you said to me last time
we wrote, was just to tell myself I am not going to allow the
anxiety to get to me. Since then , I have faced these feelings
with a feeling of power over them. Isn't it funny how something
so easy can be so effective. I am traveling to New York city
this coming weekend, that probably wouldn't be happening if
it was 4 months ago. Anyway, thank you for your kind words,
continued success in reaching out to people. I listened to
some George Whiston music this week and I thought of you and
how much hope you are giving to others.
Take care, Chris>"
"Hi I'm Janinne .. I really enjoyed your informative and common sense web site. I had my first panic attack 2 years ago. I went to see the doc who told me it was the onset of a "virus" ...I thought that was rubbish (well ... A load of b---ll--sh, actually !!) having to be carried later on that evening into the local casualty dept by my partner , who was as distressed as me. Was not amusing. I had lost the use of my hands and my ankles felt like jelly ... Luckily for me, the doc lady recognized my illness, gave me a beta blocker and within 20 minutes I was fine.
Two really useful tips, please put them up , if you haven't got them already.
1...if you feel on the edge of a doozy, massage your right jugular vein (only the right side) in a slow circular motion. Approximately 5 minutes later it will have reduced the oxygen flow and the doozy will pass (works like a treat for me every time).
2..another is to massage just under the eye in the outside corner, in a circle. There is a "sympathetic nerve " there, which helps.
I recent met a lady who was clearly a fellow
sufferer, but was undiagnosed. She'd been called a time waster.
Treated with all manner of anti-depressants without any success.
When we talked it through we realized her problem. We chatted
for awhile and she was rejuvenated to have a sympathetic ear
at last. She sent me a little note last week, to thank me for
changing her life ...
Keep up the good work.
"I used to suffer from panic attacks
and believe my father now suffers from them. After reading
your web page I know that this will help him. Your tools
to getting better is how I beat my panic attacks. Thank you.
"Hello. My name is Ashley, and I
logged on to your site on January 9, 2000. I logged on not
because I have panic disorder but because I am doing an informative
speech on it for my English class. I just wanted to tell
you how informative and neat your site was. Thank you for
providing the public with this information. Because of your
site, I can now better understand this growing problem in
out society today, and so can my peers from my English class.
Thank you again.
"WOW...up until I read this I thought
I was losing my mind...I'm 16 and I had one of these attacks
this morning actually FULL BLOWN...for the past few days
however I had been feeling wierd and depressed and now I
understand everything! THANK U SOOOOOOOOOO MUCH for this
"all your info was great, very informative..
"I have been doing a lot better recently,
and I am finding that I have learned how to identify even
the smallest of anxieties. I have also learned that when
I am under little to no stress, I feel better than usual.
Thank you for your site- it has really been a benefit and
a true blessing. May the holiday season be prosperous for
you and your family. Have a wonderful new year.
"I just like to thank you for producing
a very informative website on panic disorders.
"hi Jim- Your input was so valuable--I
thought I would just give you a brief update. I'm doing fine-under
control. I've consulted a dr./friend whose been very helpful.
Hope all is well with you and yours and HAPPY HOLIDAYS.
"You might think this is crazy but
it has worked for me. When I start to feel an attack coming
on and all of the positive thinking and breathing techniques
aren't working. Or not working fast enough I have sex with
my husband. It relaxes you in several ways. You breath differently
and your thoughts are distracted into pleasure instead of
fear. I have done this several times and it always work.
The difficult thing is remembering to do it. I find that
in the middle of an attack you are not thinking clearly and
is difficult to think of things to get you out of the attack.
My husband now knows to start with a back rub and progress
from there. And thanks for your reply. I'm doing much better
"As a sufferer of panic disorders,
I was so grateful to have found your website. I cried the
entire time I was reading all of the different categories.
I know I would be interested in a chat room to help myself,
along with others, by being able to talk about this disease.
"Just wanted to let you know I found your web site and found it VERY informative. I have been suffering from panic disorder for most of my life, and until just recently didn't even know what I had. Everytime I went to the Dr., they would just tell me it "was in my head" and that there was nothing wrong with me. By the time the Dr. would see me, of course the attack had passed and is very hard to describe to someone who has never had one what you have experienced without them thinking you have some type of physical problem. I think I am luckier than most people in that I don't have it as severely, (don't have feelings of dying or anything, ) just the heart racing and all the other physical symptoms.
It is encouraging to see that I am
not alone, and now am trying to find the right combination of
relaxation therapy to fight this disorder. I try to visualize
calming scenes, like beaches or clouds floating by. I have also
found that doing something to occupy myself while having an attack,
like working on a crossword puzzle or listening to soothing music
helps. I have them sometimes a couple times a night, (hardly
ever during the day), I guess I am too busy at work to have one!.
I can go weeks at a time without having an attack and then BAM
one will hit with no warning. Thanks again for providing a great
site and for listening.
May God Bless You !! Linda"
"Hi, my name is MaryAnn. I've suffered
from agoraphobia and panic attacks for about 8 yrs. I've
read every bit of psycho babble imaginable. Your page is
a stroke of genius. You've actually made me feel positive
about my illness. You've given people some good thinking
tools to act upon and I am now looking forward to moving
forward with my life. My head's been turned to see the illness
for what it is and not some unknown scary entity that lives
in my head. Thank you so much for this insight into your
life. I will certainly be recommending these pages to others
with similar dispositions.
"Hi, as a person who has suffered
with anxiety and panic attacks for nearly 12 years and has
read numerous publications on the topic, I found your site
to contain the most accurate and helpful information available.
What a refreshing change to have this information written
by someone who has firsthand experience instead of a doctor
trying to sell tapes. My driving is severely limited as I
become dizzy and lose my equilibrium and I fear having an
accident. After many tests, the doctors tell me to "live
with it." Thanks again for providing such a great resource
for those people like me who suffer from these problems.
"I am a 16 year old teenager who
suffers from anxiety and panic disorder. I thought I was
familiar with all the symptoms and that causes but I regretfully
was not. It was a awful experiance when I was sure that the
dimming lights in my eyes (little flashes of them) and other
such "eye tricks" were the precursors of a brain tumor or
something. Your site really helped... just wanted to say
"Hi My name is Anna. I read through
your website and it was great! Thanks for making that information
available to me and others. I recently been experiencing
this stuff. Tingles in the head kind like numbness in the
neck, kinda like pressure in my chest, and it keeps coming
and going coming and going when is pleases when i think about
it it comes. I really hope it goes away i know its anxiety/panic
disorders so i try to over come the fear of me dying or something
i know that wont happen but sure feels like crap when they
Thank you Anna :o)"
"Thank you so much for your advice and
response. It is very comforting to know there is someone out
there that can ease our minds. Don't be surprised if you hear
from my daughter. It seems to comfort her greatly to know others
are experiencing this.
Thank you very much. Corrinne"
"Hi! Thank you so very much for responding
so quickly and totally reassuring me. You can't imagine how
much stress that takes off of me just knowing why this is
happening to me. I'm sure I'm just like other anxiety-ridden
people and just assume that something was wrong with my heart
even though the Dr. told me it sounded fine. Thank you so
God Bless!!! :0) Kim"
"I just wanna say that I loved your
website. After reading everything that you wrote, I feel
that I have a chance again. I've never felt so motivated
to make a change in my life...and I have no doubt that your
techniques wont work. I've never read something about my
illness that's made me think "wow this is EXACTLY how I feel
and EXACTLY what I'm going through". So, once again
THANK YOU so much!!!! Lisa"
"Hi! I just wanted to tell you what
a wonderful web site you have created. I've suffered with
anxiety and panic attacks off and on for 5 years and have
researched and read books but they didn't explain things
as well as you have about what is going on inside the body.
It really helps to understand why I feel the way I do. Your
site has been a great help to me as I'm sure it has been
"Jim, I want to Thank You for responding
to my e-mail. I have not had this illness that long yet and
I'm still trying to cope with it, as well as, avoid becoming
a hypercondriac. But, It is getting easier to adjust my thoughts
as the wave of panic starts to progress. I know it is nearly
impossible to avoid adrenaline pumping events through out
the course of my life, Basic, i'm trying to improve my skills
of handling the attack as they come on and lead a normal
life at the same time. I truly appreciate people of your
nature going to every effort to inform and support individuals
with this ( I can't think of a proper word to describe this
illness) Monster that's good one.
Thanks again. George"
"Hello: I can't tell you how comforting
it was to see your web site! I have had panic/anxiety since
1978. Actually I can recall having it even earlier, but not
recognizing it at the time. Over the years I have read various
items...my panic comes and goes. All that you have discribed.
Sometimes one can get very depressed....I have fears that
come and go. I will read all your writings and hopefully
I will return to society as before. I have quit my job, etc.
Love to you all and thank you.
"Hi. I found your site amazing and
"Jim, Thanks for writing me, you
have become kind of a life line for me. I have experienced
recently frequent bouts of anxiety, and it is very difficult
to talk to anyone about it. I was able to get to my doctor,
and she is putting me on a low dose of estorgen, thinking
it might help. I heard there are drugs that can help this
condition, I really prefer to do it naturally. Did you really
get over this completely? what a message of hope you send.
I love life, and i dont want this to ruin mine. I remain
optimistic. a little scared.
Thank you, Chris"
"I've experience my first attack
(three actually) last week and I would like to express my
gratitude for helping me unmask this illness I have to learn
to live with from now on. I will keep you inform with my
Thank you very much again! Sylvie"
"Dear Jim, Sometimes I think that
I will live with this disease until the end of my life and
feel sorry. But I must say that, your comment and help was
greatest of all others and from time to time made me feel
well, as you know it is not easy to get well from this disease,
Best wishes, Selen"
"My husband has been suffering from
this for 2 years now, has been to counseling, is on meds,
still no relief. Just found your site & printed all for my
husband, can't wait till he reads it. I'm so happy for you
that you have overcome this horrible condition. You give
me hope that my husband can feel better and we can get back
to our lives!
Thank you and God Bless! Judy "
"I think that having a bulletin board
or a chat area would be wonderful. Sometimes, just knowing
that I am not the only one with panic attacks, and knowing
that others can relate, is enough to calm me down and get
me back on the right track of thinking.
Thanks again for your help, Wendy"
"Thanks for the great web site! I see myself all too clearly in your descriptions and cannot believe that this illness has happened to me.Anyway, you've probably heard all this a thousand times, but if someone reads this--thank you 'cause I feel better having said it! Also, i would like to see the FAQ board. "
"Hi, I read your site and found it
really informative, thanks. It's very easy to understand,
as it helps the reader understand exactly what happens when
panic attacks occur etc etc.
Thanks in advance, Aaron"
"I can't thank you enough for your
simple, straight-forward approach to my recurring problem.
Your ideas are very much appreciated. They're simple, pragmatic
and encouraging. Thank you. I will think of all these "tools" tomorrow
as I work to get through my day without an attack. I am not
Thanks so much."
"Hi Jim, Well again, thank you. This
information has been invaluable as well. I don't know how
to help others with panic disorders since I don't know anyone
who has them, but I would be glad to help anyone at anytime
if I could. I am printing out your responses so I may have
as little booklets to read. I hope to have the opportunity
to help someone in the future as we know how awful this thing
can be. I will take your advice seriously as it sounds like
the best advice I have gotten.
Thanks again, Joe"
These are just a few of the comments we've received. If you would like us to post your comments here, just send them along. Also, if you wish to have your comments removed, send us an email as well. Thank you everyone for your very nice comments. God bless you.
NOTE: Many of the pictures associated with these testimonials are from stock photography in order to protect the identity of the individual. With the proliferation of identity theft, we don't recommend making personal information available online, including personal photographs. Some people aren't concerned, and therefore, we've used their pictures as requested.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to overcome 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 eliminate problematic anxiety and its symptoms once and for all.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated July 2015.