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Anxiety Counselling: The Most Effective Way To Overcome Anxiety Disorder

Last updated: May 26, 2020

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Anxiety Disorder is NOT a random, unknown, or uncontrollable disease or illness. Anxiety disorder is also not caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, a genetic predisposition, or biological problem with the brain.

Anxiety occurs when we behave apprehensively. For example, Webster's dictionary defines anxiety as:

  • A state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties.
  • A state of apprehension, uncertainty, and fear resulting from the anticipation of a realistic or fantasized threatening event or situation, often impairing physical and psychological functioning.

Anxiety by itself is NOT a disease or illness, but turns into disorder when anxiety interferes with a normal lifestyle.

Worry is apprehensive behavior. Worry creates the state of being anxious. The Webster’s dictionary defines worry as: a troubled state of mind, anxiety, distressed, persistent mental uneasiness.

Worry results when we think about a future event or circumstance in an apprehensive way.

While the effects of anxiety may feel like a random, unknown, and uncontrollable disease, anxiety is actually controllable. The problem is that most people don’t know how or know how anxiety affects the body.

Anxiety disorders appear for specific reasons and have specific underlying reasons why they persist. Identifying and addressing these underlying factors is the most effective way to treat anxiety disorder.[1]

Anxiety disorders persist only because the underlying factors that cause them aren’t properly addressed. That’s why those who take medication as their only form of treatment generally remain on medication long term, or find themselves going on and coming off over and over again. Unless the underlying factors are properly addressed, anxiety will almost always persist or return.

Working with an experienced anxiety professional, such as an anxiety coach/counsellor/therapist, and someone who has personally experienced, successfully overcame problematic, and is medication free, produces the most effective results.[2]

Note: It’s our experience that anxiety professionals who are currently taking anxiety medication themselves, and psychiatrists, usually don’t produce the best results. We’ve found that those who work with someone who has successfully overcome anxiety in his or her own life, and has remained anxiety condition-free for an extended period of time - more than ten years - produces the best results. It will be their personal experience with anxiety, and their successful recovery, that can make a profound difference in your recovery efforts.[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.

Additional Resources:

Return to Anxiety Disorders Signs and Symptoms section.

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and professional therapy for anxiety disorder and its symptoms, including: Anxiety Counselling.


[1]”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.

[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.