anxietycentre.com Recovery Support Membership Benefit - More Information
Studies have found that good self-help information is an important ingredient to recovery and sustained normal health.
When you become a member of our web site, you will be able to access the Member's Area and the following information it contains:
What’s in the members area?
The Recovery Support Area of our website contains a wealth of information about anxiety, stress, sleep disorders, and depression. This information describes how these disorders interact with each other, and what you can do to help yourself regain your normal health. Chapters Three and Four are MUST READS for anyone experiencing an anxiety, stress, or sleep disorder. This information is essential for recovery and lasting normal health.
"Thanks!! Your web site (the members area) is the best collection of information I have ever found in one place. It's been instrumental in my recovery." - S.R., USA
The members area includes information, as well as answers to the following questions:
- What is stress?
- What is anxiety?
- What are the types of anxiety disorders?
- What are the characteristics of each disorder?
- What are their causes?
- What is Stress Disorder?
- Does genetics play a role?
- Is anxiety disorder caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain?
- Is anxiety disorder caused by a biological problem with the brain?
- What about other factors that cause stress and anxiety disorders?
- What kinds of treatments are available?
- What treatments provide the best results?
- What are the different types of severity, and how they play a role in recovery?
- What are recovery expectations?
- How fast will it take to recover?
- Is full and lasting recovery even possible?
- What is the most effective way to recover from these disorders?
- What considerations need to be understood before recovery can occur?
- Are symptoms real or imagined?
- How do these conditions affect the body?
- How do these conditions affect the mind?
- Why do these conditions make you feel so poorly?
- Why do these conditions make you feel like you are losing your mind?
- The role the brain plays.
- How the brain functions, and how it can misbehave when a disorder occurs.
- What the endocrine system is, and the role it plays in disorders.
- What stress hormones are and the role they play in anxiety disorders.
- Common complicating factors that many people experience, but most don’t talk about.
- What panic attacks really are.
- What the difference is between anxiety and panic attacks.
- Why panic attacks occur and what causes them.
- Natural and practical things you can do to recover, without the use of medication.
- What three considerations need to be understood before recovery can begin.
- How you can approach your recovery regime so that it is helpful, and not harmful.
- A list of natural and practical recovery strategies that produce excellent results.
- Which recovery strategies and treatments don’t produce results.
- What types of exercise can help. What types are actually harmful.
- Dietary and nutritional considerations that can help, hurt, or prevent recovery.
- The importance of sleep, why it can get disrupted, what to keep in mind, how the body’s biological clock plays a role, and many tips on how to get problematic sleep back on track.
- How the approach you use can help, hurt, and even prevent recovery.
- Why recovery may seem and be elusive.
- How your breathing is affected, how it can contribute to bringing on panic attacks, and how you can change it to help your recovery.
- How stress reduction plays a role in recovery, and 55 tips to help reduce your stress.
- How prayer can play an important role in your recovery, and in remaining healthy.
- Why impatience is a recovery barrier.
- How your attitude plays a role not only in your recovery, but also in your ability to attain lasting normal health.
- How to better manage your fears, and why fear is a common barrier to recovery.
- How your personality may be a factor in the onset of your condition, and what you should know about it to recover and remain healthy.
- How the thoughts you think may be your worst enemy, and how you can turn them into your greatest ally.
- How to successfully deal with panic and panic attacks.
- And a great deal more.
"I've been to countless doctors, psychiatrists, and therapists over the last 15 years. Your information has helped me more in two weeks than all of the others. Thanks for the great information!!" - A.N., UK
There are also self-evaluation tools to help you to raise your awareness about anxiety, worry, lifestyle, and behaviors that can negatively impact your life and recovery.
A comprehensive symptoms area that contains everything you should know about your symptoms, such as, descriptions, reasons they appear, and what you can do to eliminate them.
A section on medications:
- how they can help
- how they can hurt
- what to consider before taking a medication
- what to consider before coming off of a medication
A section on Sleep: all about sleep, problems, anxiety-related sleep problems, tips and solutions
A section on the Process of Change
- Why understanding the Process of Change is important
- Why understanding the stages of change can make the difference between full recovery and remaining stuck.
About Depression – a section on depression
A section on sleep and sleep problems
Helpful tips - tips to help your understanding and recovery
Relaxation Ideas – ideas to help with your relaxation
Jim Folk's Story – Jim Folk’s personal struggle with anxiety
Not Making Progress? – There are many reasons why your recovery may be elusive or stalled. Here are many of the common reasons.
A General Articles section
- Pregnant women urged to avoid Paxil
- The Struggle with self
- Abuse may arrest or delay emotional maturation
- Abuse affects our ability to trust others
- The connection between anxiety and childhood abuse
- Studies show a dramatic increase in disorders resulting from marijuana usage
- Use the body's natural laws to regain your normal health
- Stressing Health: Anxiety may be making your patients sick
- Study links infant nurturing to adult stress levels
- Reduced sleep can have cognitive consequences
- Antidepressants unsafe for children, British warn
- Some vitamins bad for you, study warns
- Aging Baby Boomers Popping More Pills
- Stress in the workplace rising
- Paxil/Seroxat Addictive... It's Official!
- A U.S. Federal court agrees that Paxil can be habit-forming.
- Serotonin and SSRI medications (Prozac, Paxil, etc.) - What you should know
- Medication: What we don't know, could kill us
- A little stress can last a long time
A Members Comments section – some of our members have shared their experience.
Anxiety Journal – Comments from our coaches/counselors/members
For family, relatives, and friends of those who have a condition Tips to help sufferers
Tips to help children of sufferers
Tips to help loved ones and caregivers
Abby's Diary – a chronicle of Abby’s experiences and recovery - 30 entries
Member’s Private Discussion Forum – with thousands of entries
In The News section – anxiety and medication in the news
Reassurance section – a section dedicated to reassurance and support
A Frequently Asked Questions section – that contains answers to common questions about stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, and depression, including the following:
Can anxiety cause "eye floaters?" If I rest, will they go away?
I have been clearing my throat quite a bit lately. My doctor told me that this could be caused by anxiety. Can anxiety cause more phlegm than usual…can this happen?
Can ingesting a lot of salt (table salt, potato chips, salty snacks) increase my anxiety symptoms?
- Can anxiety make you feel like your brain is tingly?
- Can anxiety cause back pain and other back problems?
- I have pain and stiffness in my hands and feet. Can anxiety cause this?
Does high blood pressure cause anxiety or does anxiety cause high blood pressure?
- Ever since my anxiety has gotten a lot worse, I've lost a lot of weight. Can anxiety cause weight loss?
I become fatigued and my arms and legs feel achy and sore like I did a rigorous workout. It comes and goes and hits sometimes suddenly. Is this normal with anxiety?
Why does anxiety cause breathing symptoms?
- My breathing is very labored and shallow, and I’m concerned that I may stop breathing and die. Can anxiety cause this to happen?
Can muscle twitching symptoms last for several months?
- The floor feels like it is moving. What's this all about? How can I get this to stop?
- Can anxiety cause my skin to feel hot to the touch and look red?
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- Can intense or heavy workouts cause my anxiety symptoms to increase - AUDIO VERSION?
- Can anxiety cause burning, itchy, “crawly,” prickly or other skin sensations, skin sensitivity, or numbness on the skin?
- Why can anxiety symptoms appear or escalate “out of the blue?”
- Can aerophagia be caused by anxiety?
Can anxiety cause skin problems and rashes?
Once I regain my normal health, do I have to practice my recovery strategies as diligently as I did to recover and for the rest of my life, or can I reduce them and still maintain my normal health?
- Does being diagnosed with an anxiety or depression condition mean that I have a serious mental illness?
- The Chemical Imbalance or Biological Brain Problem theories
- Can anxiety cause a constant urge to have a bowel movement?
- Can stress and anxiety cause a stroke?
- Can muscle twitching be caused by anxiety? My doctor says mine is, but I'm having a hard time believing him.
- Is vertigo a symptom of anxiety disorder? I have had several episodes of dizziness when I am lying down and of course the anxiety floods my body as soon as I feel the sensation of the room spinning.
- Why do we feel worse or experience anxiety symptoms AFTER a stressful event is over?
- Can anxiety cause stomach problems? If so, why?
When a specific symptom shows up, what is the best way to deal with it?
- Can alcohol consumption make my anxiety worse?
- I have difficulty swallowing and it feels like there is something stuck in my throat. Can anxiety cause this?
- I've recently developed a ringing in my ears. Is this serious? Is this related to my anxiety?
- Why am I so worried when I wake up in the middle of the night?
- I have social anxiety disorder. I’ve tried a number of self-help programs but nothing seems to work for me. What can I do?
- I've been experiencing frequent urination, but no burning or other urinary problems. I've been to the doctor and he says it's related to my anxiety. Can anxiety cause this?
- I’ve been having lots of Déjà Vu’s lately. I’ve had tests done and everything is normal. Can anxiety cause frequent Déjà Vu’s?
- I'm struggling with shortness of breath. I'm fine when exercising but have a hard time when not. Can this be caused from anxiety?
- Are headaches common for anxiety? Are shooting pains in the head something anxiety related? If so, what causes them?
- I've been experiencing stiffness around my neck and shoulder area, along with that heavy feeling on top of your head. Is this a symptom of anxiety?
- Is it common for people with high anxiety to feel disconnected from loved ones and disconnected from themselves? I feel like I don't know who I am anymore. EVERYTHING is scary to me! Is this common for anxiety?
- I am feeling better, but I am completely exhausted, usually around mid afternoon. Also, my head feels heavy and I feel like I could sleep for a long time. What’s this all about?
- I have a feeling like there is something stuck in my throat, or that there is a lump in my throat. What causes this?
- How do sleep-related hallucinations differ from drug-induced or mental illness related hallucinations?
- One morning as I was just waking up, I had a very vivid experience that scared me. I think I hallucinated. Is this serious? If so, was it caused by anxiety?
- I have difficulty concentrating and short-term memory loss. Are these symptoms of anxiety?
- Is burning and itching scalp, scalp tightness, and thinning hair common for anxiety?
- I’ve just been through a number of major stressors. I thought I did pretty good, but now that everything is over and I’m starting to unwind, I’m experiencing symptoms. Why does this occur?
- I have been feeling better, when all of a sudden I felt like I was going to pass out. Could this have been a panic attack?
- I’ve been experiencing awful symptoms, and have had countless tests done. All have come back normal, but I continue to feel they missed something. How can I stop worrying about this? Do doctors generally miss more serious medical conditions?
- My chiropractor says he can cure anxiety by manipulating certain neck and back muscles that are affecting the nervous system. Have you heard of this working?
- I've been struggling with one of these conditions and have read the website. What do I do now?
- I have a number of distressing symptoms. What do I do?
- I'm experiencing feelings of unreality or a "foggy-headed" feeling. Is this normal for anxiety?
- Can my anxiety be the result of low magnesium?
- My heart seems to skip beats or "flip-flop" in my chest. Is this common for anxiety?
- I'm experiencing heart palpitations. They are really frightening me. Is this common for anxiety?
- I'm afraid of passing out. Is this common for anxiety?
- Is it normal that after a long period of time and making good progress for a new symptom to show up?
- Is it possible to feel symptoms even though I don’t feel stressed or anxious?
- My breathing is affected by stress, my chest constantly feels tight, and I have knots between my shoulders. What can I do to get rid of this?
- Does the artificial sweetener “aspartame” have any affect on someone with anxiety?
- Is dizziness a common side effect or symptom of anxiety?
- Why am I afraid of being trapped in a place with no exits such as airplanes, crowds, trains?
- I feel claustrophobic and I get anxious and begin to obsess when I am in traffic or in crowded places. What do I do?
- Why do I experience an increase in anxiety symptoms before and during my monthly period?
- Can "cold chills" up and down one leg be caused by anxiety?
- Can I suddenly snap, lose my mind, or go permanently crazy?
- Once you are beginning to feel a little better, does doing too much cause a set back?
- I drink caffeinated coffee. Can this slow down my recovery or aggravate my anxiety and depression?
- How badly do we damage our bodies when we suffer from anxiety? I'm concerned about the long-term effects.
- I have very crazy thoughts. Things that seemed normal to me when I was healthy, seem weird or scary now. Is this normal?
- My mind won't stop chattering. Is this normal?
- I can't believe stress or anxiety can really do this to a person
- This can't be anxiety. I must have something else wrong with me because my condition is so much worse than others.
A Spirituality section to help nourish and enrich your spiritual life.
An Inspiration section to help encourage and comfort.
And much more.
"Coming across your website has been a great blessing for me. It has answered my questions. Thank you for putting this helpful resource together. I'm sure it's helping a great many people. God bless you and the work that you all do!" - J.N., Canada
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.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated July 21, 2018.