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Anxiety Myths and Misconceptions

Last updated: December 1, 2019


Myths and misconceptions about anxiety and anxiety disorder can interfere with recovery and, in some cases, even worsen a struggle with anxiety disorder.

Having a healthy understanding of anxiety disorder is an important part of successfully overcoming it.

To remove unnecessary obstacles to recovery, here are some of the more common anxiety myths and why they could be not only interfering with your recovery but could also be making you feel worse:

Common Anxiety Myths:

1. Anxiety disorder is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain

Believing anxiety disorder is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain can be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.

2. Anxiety disorder is caused by a genetic predisposition

Believing anxiety disorder is caused by a genetic predisposition can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.

3. Anxiety disorder is caused by a biological problem with the brain

Believing anxiety disorder is caused by a biological brain problem can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.

4. Anxiety disorder is a mental illness. Once you have it, you'll always have it

Believing anxiety disorder is a mental illness, that once you get it you'll always have it, can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.

5. You can only manage anxiety symptoms but never completely cure anxiety disorder

Believing you can only manage anxiety symptoms but never cure anxiety disorder can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.

6. You need medication to overcome anxiety disorder

Believing you need medication to overcome anxiety disorder can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.

7. You can’t recover from anxiety disorder when taking medication

Believing you can't recover from anxiety unwellness when taking medication can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.

8. You can completely overcome anxiety disorder with self-help materials alone

Believing you can recover from anxiety unwellness using self-help materials alone is another common anxiety myth. It's also one of the most common reasons why people struggle with anxiety disorder long-term.

9. You can overcome anxiety disorder without having to deal with the underlying factors at the root of problematic anxiety

Another common myth about anxiety disorder is that you can overcome it without having to identify and address the underlying factors at the root of problematic anxiety.

10. All anxiety disorder therapists are equal

Another common myth about anxiety disorder is that all anxiety disorder therapists have the same information, training, and approach, and that anyone one of them can assist in bringing about lasting success.

11. You can completely overcome anxiety disorder with only a few therapy sessions.

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is that you can completely overcome anxiety disorder with just a few therapy sessions.

12. Believing anxiety disorder is caused by something other than behavior.

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing that anxiety disorder is caused by something other than behavior.

13. Believing there are quick-fix remedies and miracle cures for overcoming anxiety disorder.

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing there are quick-fix remedies and miracle cures for anxiety disorder.

14. Believing there are quick-fix remedies and miracle cures for overcoming anxiety symptoms.

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing there are quick-fix remedies and miracle cures for anxiety symptoms.

15. Believing there are 'special' fast ways to get rid of anxiety symptoms.

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing there are 'special'fast ways to get rid of anxiety symptoms.

16. Rigorous exercise can reduce and even cure anxiety disorder.

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing rigorous exercise can reduce and cure anxiety disorder.

17. Therapy didn’t work for you, that means your anxiety is different and you won’t be able to overcome it.

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing because you believe therapy didn't work for you, therefore, your anxiety is different.

18. Behaving anxiously is a part of who I am. I can’t change who I am.

Another common anxiety myth: believing that anxiety is a part of who you are, and therefore, you can’t change who you are.

19. Deep relaxation alone can eliminate anxiety disorder.

Another common anxiety myth: believing that deep relaxation alone can eliminate anxiety disorder.

20. Taking certain herbs, vitamins, and supplements can cure anxiety disorder

Another common anxiety myth: believing that taking certain herbs, vitamins, and supplements can cure anxiety disorder.

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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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