Anxiety Myths And Misconceptions

Last updated May 17, 2021

Myths about anxiety and anxiety disorder can not only prevent meaningful recovery and lasting success but they can also make things worse

Anxiety has been around since the beginning of time. In its healthiest sense, anxiety is an important part of our survival mechanism. Just as being anxious can be beneficial when in truly dangerous situations and circumstances, it can also be destructive if we think many situations and circumstance are dangerous.

Even though anxiety has been studied for centuries, only recently has it become truly understood. Consequently, there are a lot of myths about anxiety and anxiety disorder that have accumulated over the years. Many of these myths can actually prevent recovery and even make things worse.

To remove these obstacles to recovery and lasting success, here are some of the more common anxiety myths and why they could be interfering with your recovery and lasting success, or worse, making you feel worse:

Common Anxiety Myths:


chemical-imbalance

Believing anxiety disorder is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain can be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.


anxiety-genetic-predisposition

Believing anxiety disorder is caused by a genetic predisposition can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.


anxiety-biological-brain-problem

Believing anxiety disorder is caused by a biological brain problem can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.


always-have-anxiety

Believing anxiety disorder is a mental illness, that once you get it you'll always have it, can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.


only-manage-anxiety-symptoms

Believing you can only manage anxiety symptoms but never cure anxiety disorder can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.


medication-to-overcome-anxiety

Believing you need medication to overcome anxiety disorder can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.


medication-to-overcome-anxiety

Believing you can't recover from anxiety unwellness when taking medication can also be an impediment to meaningful and lasting recovery.


self-help-alone

Believing you can recover from anxiety unwellness using self-help materials alone is another common anxiety myth. It's also one of the most common reasons why people struggle with anxiety disorder long-term.


dealing-with-ULFs

Another common myth about anxiety disorder is that you can overcome it without having to identify and address the underlying factors at the root of problematic anxiety.


all-therapists-are-equal

Another common myth about anxiety disorder is that all anxiety disorder therapists have the same information, training, and approach, and that anyone one of them can assist in bringing about lasting success.


only-a-few-therapy-sessions

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is that you can completely overcome anxiety disorder with just a few therapy sessions.


misinformation

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing that anxiety disorder is caused by something other than behavior.


quick-fix-cures

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing there are quick-fix remedies and miracle cures for anxiety disorder.


quick-fix-cures-for-symptoms

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing there are quick-fix remedies and miracle cures for anxiety symptoms.


fast-ways-to-get-rid-of-symptoms

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing there are 'special'fast ways to get rid of anxiety symptoms.


rigorous-exercise

Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing rigorous exercise can reduce and cure anxiety disorder.


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Another common myth often associated with anxiety unwellness is believing because you believe therapy didn't work for you, therefore, your anxiety is different.


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Another common anxiety myth: believing that anxiety is a part of who you are, and therefore, you can’t change who you are.


Another common anxiety myth: believing that deep relaxation alone can eliminate anxiety disorder.

Another common anxiety myth: believing that deep relaxation alone can eliminate anxiety disorder.


Another common anxiety myth: believing that deep relaxation alone can eliminate anxiety disorder.

Another common anxiety myth: believing that taking certain herbs, vitamins, and supplements can cure anxiety disorder.

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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