Why Won’t Anxiety Go Away

Written by Jim Folk
Medically reviewed by Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated May 16, 2021

why won't anxiety go away

Many people struggle with anxiety disorder and its symptoms, often including panic attacks, for years because they don’t understand what causes anxiety, how anxiety affects the body, what anxiety symptoms are, how to get rid of anxiety symptoms, or how to resolve anxiety disorder for good.

In two online polls we conducted, 54 percent of respondents said they have been struggling with anxiety disorder for two or more years (25 percent of that number have been struggling with anxiety disorder for more than 10 years) and just over 50 percent of respondents said they have been trying to self-help themselves for more than two years.

This is unfortunate because we can overcome a struggle with anxiety disorder when we get the right information to help us understand anxiety and anxiety disorder, access the right help and support, and when we do the right work.

Many people have experienced anxiety disorder and have successfully overcome it. The road to lasting success is well understood and traveled. There is no reason to struggle with anxiety issues long-term. You can successfully overcome anxiety disorder and go on to live a wonderful life free from the bother of problematic anxiety.

Do you struggle with anxiety or anxiety disorder? You can take our free one-minute online instant results anxiety test and anxiety disorder test to see if you do, and if so, to what degree.

To help in your quest to overcome anxiety disorder, here is a summary of how to eliminate problematic anxiety:

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Anxiety Disorder And How To Overcome It

We create anxiety through our behavior. Visit our "What Causes Anxiety?" article for more information.

Anxiety stresses the body. When we behave anxiously too often, the body can become chronically stressed, which we call stress-response hyperstimulated, since stress hormones are stimulants. Visit our "Stress Response" and "Stress-Response Hyperstimulation" articles for more information.

Chronic stress can cause chronic and stubborn symptoms. That's why we can have symptoms even though we aren't anxious or feeling stressed at that moment.

If we want anxiety to go away, we have to stop creating it by replacing anxious behavior with healthy behavior. Visit our "The Anxiety Mechanism," "Anxiety Starts And Ends In The Mind," and "Underlying Factors: The Cause Of Apprehensive Behavior" articles for more information.

We also have to reduce the body's stress long enough for it to recover from the adverse effects of chronic stress. We explain all of the changes hyperstimulation causes in the article "Hyperstimulation And Its Effects" in chapter 14 in the Recovery Support area, which includes why recovery can take a long time. The Recovery Support area also explains the many pitfalls to recovery and how to overcome them.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Recovery Support area, use the coupon code “anxiety” to receive a 50% discount on your first month’s membership.

Because our anxious behavior seems so natural to us, we often need the help of an experienced anxiety disorder therapist to help identify and successfully address the underlying factors that motivate anxious behavior – therapist who understands the underlying factors that cause issues with anxiety and is proficient at helping people resolve them.

Then, we have to work at making healthy behavioral change.

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Making The Appropriate Behavioral Change

We can use the following illustration to demonstrate where work is required:

Our System Of Beliefs (SOB) motivates our thinking. A healthy SOB will motivate healthy thoughts whereas unhealthy aspects of our SOB will motivate anxious thoughts. Anxious thinking creates anxiety, anxiety stresses the body, and stress causes the body to exhibit symptoms.

When we change the unhealthy aspects of our SOB, we stop creating anxious thoughts, which in turn provides a healthy cascade of events rather than an anxious cascade of events.

Therefore, all of our behavioral work is done with our SOB and thinking.

where behavioral work is required

When we stop creating anxious behavior (thoughts and actions), the body can recover from the adverse effects of chronic stress. As the body recovers, it stops producing symptoms.

Therefore, anxiety "goes away" when we replace anxious behavior with healthy behavior, and when the body has recovered from the adverse effects of chronic stress.

If you want help to overcome a struggle with anxiety disorder, working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to accomplish that since self-help materials alone generally don’t provide sufficient help.

All of our recommended anxiety disorder therapists have personally experienced anxiety disorder and have successfully overcome it. Any one of them would be an excellent choice to help you overcome a struggle with problematic anxiety. Their personal, professional, and practical experience with anxiety disorder can be a significant benefit to your own recovery since they've had to overcome anxiety disorder themselves.

Anxiety disorder seldom goes away by itself. Because our unhealthy behavior creates issues with anxiety, we’re the ones that have to work to resolve our anxious behavior. We can, however, when we know what to do and have professional help with making healthy behavioral change.

For more information about how to recover from anxiety disorder, visit our article “How To Recover From Anxiety Disorder.”

We wish you every success with your recovery efforts. Life is too short to waste any of it on a struggle with problematic anxiety!

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

Additional Resources

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