Anxiety - What should I do?
I've been struggling with many sensations and symptoms for the last 3 months. I've had panic attacks, numbness on my face, pins and needles, dizziness, trembling, and a number of other odd sensations and symptoms. My doctor ran a number of tests, which all came back normal, and told me that I have anxiety and panic. What should I do?
Many people are first alerted to the fact that they have a problem with anxiety because of an unexplainable onset of unusual sensations and symptoms, which can include panic attacks. Because of how they feel, many people also rush themselves to the hospital or their doctor because they fear that their sensations and symptoms are being caused by a serious medical or mental health problem. This is a common experience.
If you have been recently diagnosed with anxiety and panic, the first thing you should do is seek good self-help information about anxiety and panic. Many people struggle with anxiety and panic because they don't understand them. So learning about them, what causes them, and how to stop them, we believe, is the first step in dealing with them. So, accessing good self-help information is the first thing you should do.
This first step was paramount in our own recoveries. Because all of us at anxietycentre.com have struggled with anxiety disorder (and panic attacks) ourselves, we understand the importance of getting good self-help information early. This is the reason we developed the information in the Recovery Support area: to help anxiety disorder sufferers gain the necessary information to help them overcome their struggle with anxiety disorder and its sensations and symptoms.
So again, accessing good self-help information is the first step in resolving a struggle with anxiety.
The good news, however, is that anxiety disorder occurs for specific reasons. When you understand and address those reasons, you can successfully treat anxiety disorder and its sensations and symptoms.
The more you know about anxiety, anxiety disorder, and its sensations and symptoms, the better off you'll be. Good self-help information can play an invaluable role, in this regard.
Because of the important role good self-help information can play in overcoming anxiety disorder, we spent a great deal of time developing the information in the Recovery Support area of our website. For example, chapters 2 and 3 explain what anxiety is, how anxiety affects the body, and why the body experiences sensations and symptoms of anxiety (including panic attacks). Chapter 4 provides a list of natural and practical things you can do on your own to help yourself get back on track to normal and lasting health.
As you learn more about anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, the next steps in recovery become clearer, which we explain in chapters 5 and 6.
So again, reading good self-help information is the first step in overcoming anxiety disorder and its sensations and symptoms. The information in the Recovery Support area of our website can play an important role, in this regard. This is where we encourage you to start.
Be encouraged, however. Anxiety disorder and its sensations and symptoms can be successfully treated when you get the right information, help, and support. We established anxietycentre.com for that purpose: to help others overcome anxiety disorder as we have.
Anxiety disorder (and its sensations and symptoms) doesn't have to be a life sentence of suffering. Anxiety disorder and its sensations and symptoms are temporary. Again, getting the right information and doing the right work can successfully address anxiety sensations and symptoms. So there is nothing holding you back from recovery. We've done it, and so can you! We can show you how.
”CBT can be recommended as a gold standard in the psychotherapeutic treatment of patients with anxiety disorders." - Otte, Christian. "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Anxiety Disorders: Current State of the Evidence." Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. Les Laboratoires Servier, Dec. 2011. Web. 14 Sept. 2016.
DISCLAIMER: Because each body is somewhat chemically unique, and because each person will have a unique mix of symptoms and underlying factors, recovery results may vary. Variances can occur for many reasons, including due to the severity of the condition, the ability of the person to apply the recovery concepts, and the commitment to making behavioral change.
The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated November 20, 2018.