Therapy for anxiety and anxiety disorder
Based on our many years of experience both as anxiety sufferers and as professional anxiety coaches/counselors/therapists, the most effective way to treat anxiety is with the combination good self-help information and anxiety therapy. This combination produces a much higher rate of success when compared to other recovery strategies. It is also the only combination that effectively treats anxiety disorder.
While many people can achieve some form of anxiety and symptom reduction on their own, the results may be incomplete or temporary. The addition of anxiety therapy ensures the underlying factors associated with anxiety are addressed thereby effectively treating problems that can cause anxiety to resurface at a later time. Unless the underlying causes of anxiety are addressed, anxiety has the potential to return again and again. Addressing the underlying factors treats the core cause of anxiety disorder.
Based on the many years of experience with anxiety, we know that anxiety is NOT a biological disease we inherit or contract. You can read the Anxiety Myths section for more information. Anxiety is something we create. We create anxiety through a style of behavior: behaving apprehensively. So, at the root of anxiety disorder lie unhealthy behavior: those beliefs, thoughts, actions, situations, and circumstances that motivate anxious behavior. We refer to these factors as the underlying factors of anxiety disorder. Unless these underlying factors are addressed, they can continue to create anxiety, and consequently, its symptoms.
Yes, most people can achieve a certain level of symptom relief on their own, and maybe even complete symptom relief for a while. But if the underlying factors aren't successfully addressed, the potential remains for anxiety as a condition to return.
Working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist ensures that these underlying factors are identified and addressed. Without the help of an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, most often these underlying factors remain undetected, and therefore, unaddressed.
While there may be a negative stigma attached to therapy, anxiety therapists specialize in this area and therefore can provide great insight into problems that are generally invisible to the untrained eye. Without the help of an experienced anxiety therapist, these underlying factors commonly get missed, which often results in a persistent struggle with stubborn anxiety.
Since knowledge is power, and especially as it pertains to anxiety recovery, an anxiety therapist’s personal and professional insight can be a vital component to meaningful recovery.
There are many advantages to working with a good anxiety therapist. For example:
An anxiety therapist can:
- Help you understand your condition, based on your unique situation and circumstances. Since anxiety affects each person differently, a therapist can help you understand your anxiety condition as it pertains to you specifically, and not generally.
- Help you to better understand your symptoms.
- Help you understand why your condition developed.
- Identify the underlying factors associated with your condition (the core issues and causes).
- Help you to understand how they developed and where they came from.
- Formulate a personalized recovery plan specifically for your unique situation and circumstances.
- Provide you with tools and strategies to bring about healthy change.
- Help you to remain on track with your recovery goals.
- Provide ongoing question and answer support.
- Provide ongoing emotional support and reassurance.
- Provide ongoing evaluation.
- Spot potential obstacles or barriers to recovery.
- Provide personalized assistance and insight based on their training and personal experience with anxiety.
- Help spouses, family members, and friends understand the validity of an anxiety condition, and offer them practical tips on how they can best help you during your recovery.
- Make sure that all troublesome areas are addressed so that your recovery is successful.
- Support you through the rough spots throughout the process of recovery.
- Design a medication elimination strategy and suitable tapering regime, if applicable and desired.
- Provide insight on medication elimination expectations.
- Assist and support you through to medication elimination.
- Assist and support you as you begin to live medication-free.
- Mentor you through the behavioral change process.
If you are struggling with anxiety disorder, consider working with one of our recommended therapists. They are experienced and equipped to help you work through the recovery process.
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.
For more information about our Anxiety Counseling option; our Available Anxiety Therapists; to Book An Appointment with one of our anxiety therapists; common Anxiety Signs and Symptoms; common Anxiety Attack Symptoms; the symptoms of panic attack disorder; anxiety Recovery Support area; information about Anxiety; and our Anxiety 101 section; or click on the appropriate link or graphic below:
”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.
Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated October 9, 2018.