Anxiety disorders are NOT random, unknown, or uncontrollable
Anxiety disorders are quite the opposite. Although,
we know they can feel like unpredictable wild animals.
Anxiety disorder itself is NOT a disease or
illness, but turns into a condition when a person becomes physically,
psychologically, emotionally, or spiritually symptomatic, fearful,
or distraught because of it.
When this occurs, normal anxiety becomes an anxiety disorder:
a condition that involves a disturbance to the normal functioning
of the mind or body.
The good news is: anxiety disorders are resolvable, and anyone
can do it with the right information, help, and support.
While medication can help to reduce anxiety disorder
symptoms for some people, it should never be considered a cure
or necessary for healthy living. In fact, medication has a
very low success rate regarding anxiety disorder symptom reduction,
and a very poor to awful record for long-term success.
As we mentioned in the Anxiety section,
anxiety disorders appear for specific reasons and have definite
underlying reasons why they persist. When the underlying
reasons are properly addressed, anxiety disorders disappear…and
Anxiety disorders persist only because
the underlying reasons aren’t properly addressed.
why those who take medication as their only form of treatment
generally remain on medication long term, or find themselves
going on and coming off over and over again. Unless the underlying
reasons are properly addressed, anxiety almost always persists
Based on the latest research (this has been our
experience as well), the most effective form of treatment for
anxiety disorders is the combination of good self-help materials
and working with an experienced anxiety
therapist who specializes
in anxiety recovery (preferably a coach, counselor, therapist,
or psychologist who has successfully beaten anxiety in his
or her own life and who has been medication free for at least
Note: Based on our experience, therapists
who are currently taking anxiety medication themselves, and
the best sources of anxiety help. We’ve found that those
who work with a therapist who has successfully resolved anxiety
disorder in his or her own life, is medication-free, and has
remained anxiety condition-free for an extended period of time—more
than five years--produces the best results. It will be their
personal experience with anxiety and their sustained victory
over it that can make a profound difference in your recovery.
Therapists who are still taking anti-anxiety
or antidepressant medications are doing so because they haven’t successfully
resolved their own anxiety. Our thoughts are, if they haven’t
done it themselves, how effective are they going to be helping
We realize that this statement may irritate some
mental health professionals. But our experience has shown that
this is generally true. Many of our clients have previously
tried these options only to find that their condition remained,
or for some, grew worse.
All of the coaches/counselors/therapists at anxietycentre.com
have successfully conquered anxiety in their own lives. Because
we know how to do it, we can help others succeed as well.
Anxiety disorders are resolvable, but it requires the right
information, help, and support.
Anxiety conditions, for the most part, can be divided into
two main categories:
Circumstantial anxiety – this
type of anxiety condition is characterized by symptoms that
appear because of an acute stressful event(s), circumstance(s)
or emotion(s). Examples include a relationship difficulty
(fighting within or the break-up of an important relationship),
career challenge (job loss or important job promotion), illness
or death of a loved one, or educational stress (intense workload).
Because the build up of stress often is
the precursor to an anxiety condition, most early stress
conditions fall within this category. Once the event, circumstance,
or emotion has passed, with sufficient self-help materials,
rest, and time, most anxiety conditions in this category
resolve on their own.
Chronic anxiety – this
type of anxiety condition is characterized by symptoms that
come and go over an extended period of time (from a few months
to a year or more). Examples include, an individual who has
symptoms come and go at different stages of their life (as
early as 4 years of age), remain as an ongoing backdrop to
their life, or have been on and off of medication throughout
Chronic anxiety also has a deep-seated
fear component. Many feel that they live in fear whenever
of illness” appear. Others may have it as a constant
companion as they journey through life. Episodes can last a
few weeks to many years. Some can remain constant throughout
their life. Conditions that last for an extended period of
time can also be referred to as “entrenched” anxiety.
Within these categories, there are four types of anxiety:
Spontaneous anxiety or panic – anxiety
or panic that occurs regardless of where a person is.
Situational or Phobic anxiety or panic – anxiety
or panic that occurs because of a particular situation or
Anticipatory anxiety or panic – anxiety
or panic that occurs because of a thought that something “might” happen
or a situation that “might” occur.
Involuntary anxiety or panic – anxiety
or panic that occurs involuntarily, by itself, or “out
of the blue” that hasn’t been preceded by spontaneous,
situational, or anticipatory anxiety.
There are also degrees of anxiety conditions. They can be
Early-stage or onset anxiety – symptoms
have just started to appear, and while they may be annoying
and mildly distressing, they aren’t a reason for over
concern. Often one trip to the doctor is reassuring enough
that nothing more serious is going on.
This is the best stage to address stress or anxiety, since
the more entrenched the condition becomes, generally the more
complex it becomes. Consequently, resolution takes longer.
Properly addressing an anxiety condition early produces the
most expedient results.
Self-help materials coupled with some personal coaching/counseling/therapy
is often sufficient for recovery.
Mild severity – symptoms may be intermittent
or persistent. Their negative impact on the individual’s
lifestyle, however, is minimal. While the symptoms may be annoying
and mildly distressing, they aren’t too restricting.
Individuals at this stage may start to become fearful of their
condition or their condition’s implications. The individual
may make a few trips to the doctor in hopes of finding a
Addressing an anxiety condition at this stage also produces
expedient results. Self-help materials coupled with some personal
coaching/counseling/therapy is generally sufficient for recovery.
Moderate severity – symptoms
are more complex, severe, persistent, and impacting. There
is moderate lifestyle impairment. While individuals may be
able to force themselves to do mandatory tasks, many activities
are restricted. Fear of their condition is more predominant.
There may be repeated trips to the doctor in hopes of finding
At this stage, doctors typically prescribe
medication to help reduce symptoms and the negative impact
they have on the individual’s
lifestyle. Unfortunately, medication alone at this stage
only masks the underlying condition. This masking effect
often enables the condition and its effects to continue to
resurface time after time unless the underlying condition
is properly addressed. Fortunately, many doctors are now
recognizing the value of a more comprehensive approach to
anxiety resolution, such as good self-help materials and
personal coaching/counseling/therapy. While self-help materials
can help a condition to improve, working with a personal
anxiety coach/counselor/therapist (someone with extensive
experience, and preferably, someone who has experienced anxiety
in his or her own life) has been shown to produce significantly
more effective and lasting results.
High anxiety – symptoms
are dramatic, persistent and entrenched. Lifestyle is significantly
impaired. Repeated trips to the doctor prove fruitless. Many
at this stage are already on medication, yet their symptoms
persist to varying degrees. They have a high level of fear
about their condition and where it might lead. Many feel
their condition is out of control.
Recommended treatment at this stage should involve personal
coaching/counseling/therapy in conjunction with good self-help
materials. (Self-help materials alone will NOT produce full
recovery or lasting results when anxiety reaches this level.)
Recovery can be attained at any stage, however, the road to
recovery may be longer and more complex the longer a condition
Very high anxiety – intense
and entrenched symptoms. Dramatic to full lifestyle impairment.
This level of severity is more complex and often more difficult
to address. It is highly recommend that the help of a personal
anxiety coach/counselor/therapist be involved at this stage.
While self-help materials will play an important role in
the recovery process, one-on-one assistance is most often
required before normal and lasting health can be attained
when severity has reached this level.
Further, we highly recommend that you work with someone who
has personally experienced anxiety at this degree of severity
in his or her own life. Their personal experience and insight
will be of great value and comfort to you during your recovery
Anxiety disorders are commonly classified into
the following categories. Click on each link for more information:
There are several categories associated with anxiety
disorder, each having their own specific causes and characteristics.
While some of the symptoms associated with each category may
be unique, the majority of anxiety
symptoms are common to all
The National Institute of Mental Health lists the six main categories
of anxiety disorder as:
Attack Disorder (Anxiety Attack Disorder, Anxiety Attacks,
Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Anxiety Disorder (SAD, Social phobia)
Phobias (including specific phobias)
Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Be encouraged. Anxiety IS reversible. There is
excellent help available for those who experience anxiety disorders.