Anxiety – What Should I Do

Written by Jim Folk
Last updated May 22, 2021

Anxiety - What Should I Do?

Complete Question

I've been struggling with many sensations and symptoms for the last 3 months. I've had panic attacks, numbness on my face, pins and needles, dizziness, trembling, and a number of other odd sensations and symptoms. My doctor ran a number of tests, which all came back normal, and told me that I have anxiety and panic. What should I do?

Answer

1. Talk with your doctor

There are many medical conditions and medications that can cause anxiety-like symptoms. Therefore, it’s best to discuss your symptoms with your doctor to ensure there isn’t a medical or medication cause.

However, many people first become aware that they have a problem with anxiety because of an unexplainable onset of unusual anxiety symptoms, which can include panic attacks. Because of how they feel physically, many people rush themselves to the hospital or their doctor because they fear their symptoms might be a sign of a serious medical or mental health problem.

If you’ve discussed your symptoms with you doctor, and you have been recently diagnosed with anxiety disorder (or panic attacks), the next thing you should do is seek good self-help information about anxiety and panic.

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2. Good self-help information

Many people struggle with anxiety and panic because they don't understand them. Learning about anxiety and panic, what causes them, and how to stop them, we believe, is the next step in dealing with them.

Accessing good self-help information is paramount to recovery.

Accessing good self-help information was vital in our own recoveries. Because all of us at anxietycentre.com have struggled with anxiety disorder (and panic attacks) ourselves, we understand the importance of getting good self-help information early.

This is the reason we developed the information in the Recovery Support area: to help anxiety disorder sufferers gain the necessary information to help them overcome their struggle with anxiety disorder and its symptoms.

So again, accessing good self-help information is an important step in resolving a struggle with anxiety.

The good news, however, is that anxiety disorder occurs for specific reasons. When you understand and address those reasons, you can successfully treat anxiety disorder and its symptoms.[2]

The more you know about anxiety, anxiety disorder, anxiety symptoms, and panic attacks, the better off you'll be. Knowledge is power, and certainly when it comes to overcoming a struggle with anxiety issues. Good self-help information can play an invaluable role, in this regard.

Because of the important role good self-help information can play in overcoming anxiety disorder, we spent a great deal of time developing the information in the Recovery Support area of our website. For example, chapters 2 and 3 explain what anxiety is, how anxiety affects the body, and why the body experiences sensations and symptoms of anxiety (including panic attacks). Chapter 4 provides a list of natural and practical things you can do on your own to help yourself get back on track to normal and lasting health.

As you learn more about anxiety and its symptoms, the next steps in recovery become clearer, which we explain in chapters 5 and 6, and so on.

So again, accessing good self-help information is an important step in overcoming anxiety disorder and its symptoms. The information in the Recovery Support area of our website can play an important role, in this regard. This is where we encourage you to start.

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3. Therapy

Anxiety is caused by underlying factors ­– those behaviors, situations, and circumstances that motivate apprehensive behavior.

For more information:

Working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to overcome anxiety disorder and its symptoms.[1][2] Since each person will have their own unique mix of underlying factors, a professional therapist can help you identify and successfully address them.

When you successfully address the problems that cause issues with anxiety, you eliminate problematic anxiety and its symptoms.

All of our recommended anxiety disorder therapists have personally experienced anxiety disorder and have overcome it. Their personal experience with anxiety disorder combined with their Masters Degree and above professional training makes them a good choice when wanting to achieve lasting success over anxiety disorder and its symptoms.

Moreover, getting therapy via teletherapy, distanced therapy, or e-therapy (telephone or online therapy) is as effective, if not more so than in-person therapy.[3][4]

All of our recommended therapists are experienced at working with clients via distanced therapy and new technologies. We’ve found distanced therapy to be especially effective when working with anxious clients.

Be encouraged! Anxiety disorder and its symptoms can be successfully overcome when you get the right information, help, and support.[5] We established anxietycentre.com for that purpose: to help people overcome anxiety disorder, as we have.

Anxiety disorder doesn't have to be a life sentence of suffering. It only lingers because it hasn’t been successfully addressed. Again, getting the right information, help, and support, and doing the right work can successfully resolve anxiety disorder.

There is nothing holding you back from recovery. We've done it, and so can you! We can show you how.[5]

Be encouraged, however. Anxiety disorder and its symptoms can be successfully overcome when you get the right information, help, and support.[1] We established anxietycentre.com for that purpose: to help people overcome anxiety disorder, as we have.

Anxiety disorder doesn't have to be a life sentence of suffering. It only lingers because it hasn’t been successfully addressed. Again, getting the right information, help, and support, and doing the right work can successfully resolve anxiety disorder.

There is nothing holding you back from recovery. We've done it, and so can you! We can show you how.[5]

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

Return to our Anxiety Frequently Asked Questions page.

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and therapy for anxiety disorder and its symptoms, including Anxiety - What Should I Do?

References

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. Leichsenring, Falk. “Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy the Gold Standard for Psychotherapy?” JAMA, American Medical Association, 10 Oct. 2017, jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2654783.

3. Thompson, Ryan Baird, "Psychology at a Distance: Examining the Efficacy of Online Therapy" (2016). University Honors Theses. Paper 285.

4. Kingston, Dawn.“Advantages of E-Therapy Over Conventional Therapy.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, 11 Dec. 2017, www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-pregnant-pause/201712/advantages-e-therapy-over-conventional-therapy.

5. 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.