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Anxiety Recovery: Can you feel completely normal again?

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Written by: Jim Folk.
Last updated: November 13, 2019


Anxiety Question: Can you recover from anxiety disorder and feel completely normal again?

Yes, anxiety symptoms and thinking about anxiety can completely disappear. In fact, you can go back to living a normal life again without any concern about anxiety.

That has been our experience personally – all of us at anxietycentre.com have recovered from debilitating anxiety disorder and have lived normal lives for many years – and from working with a great many anxiety disorder sufferers over the years who have also recovered and are living normal lives again.

When we do the right recovery work, normal living naturally follows.

We too often make anxiety into a larger problem than it needs to be. Anxiety is caused by apprehensive behavior, such as worry. Everyone worries from time to time. So, it’s not that apprehensive behavior and anxiety are abnormal.

Anxiety becomes a problem, however, when we are apprehensive more frequently and to higher degrees than what’s considered normal. And that’s the problem: anxious people worry more than others and their bodies experience more stress than others. Stress creates symptoms.

Consequently, anxiety is not a disease we have to recover from or a medical condition we have to learn to live with. To eliminate symptoms, all we need to do is reduce our stress and allow sufficient time for the body to recover.

Once the body has recovered, it stops sending symptoms and normal health returns. Then, to keep the body symptom-free, we have to reduce the times we behave apprehensively so that the body doesn’t become chronically stressed and symptomatic again.

Once the body has recovered from chronic stress, and as we live less anxiously, normal health naturally follows.

Managing stress well and living less anxiously allows us to live a normal life. There is no need to worry about not achieving complete recovery since it naturally follows when we do the right things: manage stress well and live less apprehensively.

The largest barrier to returning to a normal life is unaddressed Level Two recovery. Unless anxiety’s underlying factors are addressed, we’ll continue to live apprehensively, and that behavior will continue to cause issues with stress.  

So, not only can unaddressed underlying factors interfere with recovery (apprehensive behavior can keep the body’s stress elevated and symptomatic), but it can also cause a return to a struggle with anxiety disorder even if you were able to eliminate symptoms for a while.

Unaddressed underlying factors is the main reason why people rebound to anxiety disorder and symptoms over and over again.

Yes, we can feel completely normal again – actually, we can feel much better than normal once we’ve done our recovery work. But we have to do the right work. Otherwise, we get the same result: issues with anxiety that cause problems with stress and symptoms.

Working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address Level Two recovery.[1] Without professional help, our experience has shown that it’s unlikely you’ll make the kind of recovery you’ll be happy with or the type of recovery that will last.

We developed our therapy option because we saw so many people return again and again to a struggle with anxiety disorder and symptoms when using a self-help approach alone.

For more information about why working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is so important, you can read our “Why do you recommend therapy to overcome anxiety disorder?” article.

Again, yes! You can completely feel normal again and live without bothersome anxiety. Doing Level Two recovery work makes this degree of success attainable.[2]



The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder 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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REFERENCES:

1. Hofmann, Stefan G., et al. “The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Review of Meta-Analyses.” Cognitive Therapy and Research, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 Oct. 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3584580/.

2. 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.