How To Recover If I Dont Know Anxiety Underlying Factors?

Written by Jim Folk
Last updated March 27, 2021

How do I address my underlying factors if I don't know why I have anxiety and depression?

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I've been having anxiety symptoms with depression for many years. After reading your materials, I've come to believe that I can overcome these. My question is, how do I address my underlying factors if I don't know why I have anxiety and depression?


The underlying factors of anxiety and depression cause issues with anxiety and depression. If you don’t know why you have anxiety and depression, that means you don’t know what your underlying factors are or why you have them. This is a common struggle among those who have issues with anxiety and depression: they don’t know why they are struggling, and therefore, don’t know what to do to overcome their struggle.

The point is, unless you are a trained therapist AND have experience in identifying and successfully resolving anxiety and depression’s underlying factors, you won’t know what they are or how to resolve them. This is one of the main reasons many sufferers don’t attain Level Two recovery: they don’t know what work to do or how to do it.

This is why attaining Level Two recovery almost always requires the assistance of an experienced anxiety and depression coach/therapist. Without a coach/therapist’s guidance, help, and support, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to figure out all of the necessary pieces on your own, never mind know how to correct them even if you do figure them out. Without professional training in this area, you’ll be operating blind and could spend years making wrong assumptions or fixing what really isn’t broken.

This is the same reason why many mental healthcare professionals – even those who profess to understand anxiety and depression - aren’t that helpful, as well: they don’t really understand anxiety and depression, and therefore, don’t provide effective help.

Because all of us at have had to work through our own recoveries, we have a unique understanding of these conditions, know what works time and time again, and as a result, can provide that much needed guidance on how to attain Level Two recovery.

Our coaches/therapists have not only been extensively trained, but have also had to do their own personal work necessary to succeed. It’s our personal experience and training – years of it – that have made our coaches/therapists effective in helping people overcome their anxiety and depression issues.

If you want to overcome your anxiety and depression issues, working with one of our recommended coaches/therapists is the most effective way of accomplishing this.

This is not to say that the work to overcome anxiety and depression will be easy or quick…because there aren’t any shortcuts to lasting success. But that you work you will do will set you free from problematic anxiety and depression…for good.

The road to lasting success is clear and well-traveled. But you will need help throughout the journey.

Even though we’ll be talking about anxiety and depression’s underlying factors as we continue to develop the Recovery Support area, based on our experience, it’s unrealistic to think that you won’t need the help of a coach/therapist. Our personal and professional experiences have taught us that there are a great many nuances to recovery that a self-help approach won’t uncover or address. Since each person has a unique set and mix of underlying factors, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to Level Two recovery.

Working one on one with an experienced coach/therapist is almost always the only way to attain lasting success…which is why we began offering coaching/therapy support many years ago. That is the reality of anxiety and depression resolution.

Yes, there are many ways to attain Level One recovery. But Level One recovery alone seldom produces lasting results. It’s only when we deal with our underlying factors that issues with anxiety and depression can be truly eliminated.

But, be encouraged. This work can be done with the right information, help, and support.

We understand that many anxious and depressed personalities would rather not have to work their way through their issues or spend their time and money doing so. But we’ve spent enough time on our own recoveries to know overcoming these types of issues requires help, effort, and personal investment. If you are desiring lasting success, getting professional help (and good professional help) is almost always the only way to attain lasting success.

So, if you want to understand why you are struggling with anxiety and depression, and want to know how to overcome them for good, working with an experienced coach/therapist is the best and most effective way of doing this. Any other approach could cost you years of continued struggle, which is not an option we recommend.

I (Jim Folk) wish there were faster and easier ways of overcoming issues with anxiety and depression. But there aren’t. This is the reality we must face when moving toward problematic anxiety and depression-free living.

As I said previously, all of us can attain Level Two recovery success. But doing so almost always requires the right information, help, and on going support. There generally isn’t any other way of attaining this level of success. Again, that is the reality of overcoming issues with anxiety and depression.

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.

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