Hope Promotes Recovery From Anxiety Disorder

Written by Jim Folk
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Written by Jim Folk
Written by Jim Folk
Last updated June 23, 2021
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Over the years, we’ve noticed that hope is vital to recovery from most mood disorders, such as anxiety disorder and depression.

Hope is important because it’s the bridge clients walk on while they are traversing the gap between suffering and attaining lasting success. Without hope, many don’t even undertake the journey.

This was extremely apparent during the days when anxiety disorder was thought to be caused by a problem with the brain, such as a chemical imbalance. Those who believed anxiety disorder could be overcome through behavioral modification had hope, so they worked at their recovery and succeeded. Those who believed there wasn’t much they could do to overcome their anxiety issues most often didn’t even start the journey, and therefore, remained in a struggle with anxiety disorder.

Since we understood the value of hope in recovery, we’ve offered it throughout the years we’ve been working with anxiety disorder sufferers.

We offered hope because all of us at anxietycentre.com overcame anxiety disorder ourselves, so we knew others could do it with the right help, support, and effort.

Moreover, we also saw that as therapy clients worked at their recovery, their hope grew even stronger because they experienced degrees of success firsthand, which continued to motivate them through to lasting success.

So, hope is an important ingredient to attaining success over mood disorders, such as anxiety disorder and depression.

Recent research has confirmed the importance of hope!

Research published in Behavior Therapy by University of Houston associate professor of clinical psychology, Matthew Gallagher, has found that hope is a trait that predicts resilience and recovery from anxiety disorders.

Gallagher’s study examined the role of hope in predicting recovery in a clinical trial of 223 adults in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for one of four common anxiety disorders: social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

“In reviewing recovery during CBT among the diverse clinical presentations, hope was a common element and a strong predictor of recovery,” said Gallagher who reports that moderate-to-large increases in hope and changes in hope were consistent across the five separate CBT treatment protocols.

University of Houston’s press release states:

In terms of psychotherapy, hope represents the capacity of patients to identify strategies or pathways to achieve goals and the motivation to effectively pursue those pathways. Significantly, the results of this study indicate that hope gradually increases during the course of CBT, and increases in hope were greater for those in active treatment than for those in the waitlist comparison. The magnitude of these changes in hope were consistent across different CBT protocols and across the four anxiety disorders examined, which underscores the broad relevance of instilling hope as an important factor in promoting recovery during psychotherapy.

“Our results can lead to a better understanding of how people are recovering and it’s something therapists can monitor. If a therapist is working with a client who isn’t making progress, or is stuck in some way, hope might be an important mechanism to guide the patient forward toward recovery,” said Gallagher.

Hope is closely related to other positive psychology constructs, such as self-efficacy and optimism, that have also been shown to have clear relevance to promoting resilience to and recovery from emotional disorders, said Gallagher.

Since anxiety disorder is caused by behavioral issues, which we can change, there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful.

The road to recovery from anxiety disorder is now well known and well-traveled. A great many people have overcome anxiety disorder. Those that work through recovery, succeed. There is no longer any reason to remain stuck.

If you are interested in overcoming anxiety disorder, we have many anxiety disorder therapists ready to help you succeed.


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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

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and coaching/counseling/therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, including Hope Promotes Recovery From Anxiety Disorder.

References

1. Gallagher, Matthew. "Hope is a key factor in recovering from anxiety disorders." University of Houston, Oct. 2019.