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How do you overcome Anxiety? That’s the question that Anxiety 2 Calm sets out to answer. Can it be cured? Absolutely! You don’t have to live with phobias, panic attacks and depression. The majority of the information on this site is the personal opinion of someone who has been through it and tried almost everything. I include references to other related disorders such as OCD, and insomnia.

Anxiety

There are many theories as to the cause of anxiety. But understanding the cause is not always a necessary part of finding the solution. Likewise, expensive therapies are not always necessary. Sometimes, the advice available here and elsewhere, for free, or in relatively inexpensive books, can be enough (although discussion with a doctor is a must!). In my experience, the overall solution to the problems that hold us back can be surprising and interesting. So whether you have panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, that horrid feeling of unreality, agoraphobia, or any other stress related disorder read on, and let these pages guide you to a treatment that works for you.

Further down the page I’ll discuss some treatments options and direct you to some pages that will hopefully have information that helps. But now, I want to answer one very important question:

How much is too much?

Anxiety is a natural emotion. It is an integral part of the human body’s defence mechanism, the fight of flight response. We need to have the potential to feel anxious to keep us safe from the threats we face, navigating city traffic, for example, or walking home late at night past gangs of drunks. But the other dangers we face in life are slow-burning, less dramatic, and require the use of the more rational part of our brains: dangers in the work place such as losing our job, or the stresses of education and socialising. The fact of the matter is, now society is much safer and much of our adrenaline is often surplus to requirements.

In some people, anxiety comes at completely unnecessary moments and disrupts their lives, sometimes it’s persistent and ever-present. For others, it comes once at a moment of high stress, and then leaves again. If you suffer from too much stress, tension and fear, and you manifest physical symptoms that bother you, then it’s interfering with your life, well being and happiness, and you need to get a handle on it. See when to seek help.

Types of Anxiety

Anxiety was not created equal. There are various symptoms and levels of severity. Some people have clear anxiety triggers, and for some people it just appears from nowhere, completely out of the blue. Some people have several symptoms, some may have only one, and some just have an “odd feeling” that something is wrong. The mainstream medical establishment has broken up these disorders into various categories which are often used by doctors, psychologist, and the pharmaceutical industry, for example:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which is often abbreviated to GAD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which is often abbreviated to OCD
  • Panic Disorder, which includes a morbid fear of panicking
  • Social Phobia, which covers extreme social lack of confidence, shyness and all other social aspects.
  • There are of course many other terms that you could use: stress, tension, worry, the jitters, butterflies, edginess, nervousness to name but a few.

But don’t worry if you don’t feel you fit into any label or category. Everyone is different.

Don’t try to beat anxiety completely

It’s is a natural phenomenon. You can’t destroy your own ability to be anxious and it wouldn’t be desirable even if you could. What you are trying to achieve is to bring your levels down to the level everyone else lives with. This is quite definitely possible.

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety makes us desperate. And desperate people make bad decisions. Watch out for people that claim to have a cure for anxiety which is instant, painless, and risk-free. The first port of call is normally Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBD), and some people opt for anti-anxiety medication. Of course there are a wealth of complimentary therapies, but you should be wary of these as they can be expensive and are often little more than placebos. I recommend checking out this page on meditation for anxiety, and I recommend avoiding hypnoanalysis.

Of course there is way too much information to fit on one page. Please browse at your leisure, and don’t hesitate to use the comment sections at the bottom of most pages to have your say, ask questions, or compare notes.

Causes of Anxiety

There are many theories as to what lies behind anxiety and panic attacks, and what initially causes phobias. Some experts believe that it is not necessary to know the cause, arguing that dealing with the problem in the present is the important thing. Are they right? Well, in some cases. That said, understanding the cause may help to chose the right therapy.
Before we examine the main causes though let’s remember that feelings of anxiety and panic are natural feelings which almost everyone experiences at some point in their life. So the question is not so much: What causes anxiety? So much as: What exaggerates and perpetuates the natural anxiety inherent in everyone?

Theory 1: Anxiety, Panic and Phobias are caused by traumas suffered in childhood.

Some people believe the cause of all their anxiety problems lies buried in the past. When you were young, the theory goes, a trauma occurred that you were unable to react to suitably at the time. You were unable for some reason to express whatever anger, fear, or sorrow you experienced and therefore that emotion has remained trapped in your mind or body somewhere. The theory goes that if you uncover the memory and release emotion your anxiety will evaporate or dramatically lessen in intensity. The analogy of releasing steam from a pressure cooker is often used. There are many therapists, and in particular hypnotherapists, that espouse this theory with missionary zeal. I have still not met, or even heard from an impartial source, of one person whose anxiety was helped to any extent by regressing back to their past or for that matter to a past life. It definitely did not work for me. That said, there is marginally more peer reviewed evidence to support regression for the treatment of a simple phobia. If I were you I would discount regression from your list of treatment options. Therapists that offer such services are not cheap and very seldom worthwhile. I advise you to look at the other therapies discussed on this site.
Theory 2: Anxiety Phobias and Panic are caused by genetic factors.

To a certain extent people who subscribe to this theory are right, anxiety is a natural emotion and we all have the genes that allow us to feel it. While geneticists believe that some of us have genes which push us towards self-protection and away from adventure, it is highly unlikely that anyone has genes which dictate that they must have unavoidable high levels of anxiety and panic all their life. No one has a genetic predisposition to phobia of shopping centres, aircraft, or anything else artificial and we all have a phobia of jumping off cliffs. If nervousness runs in your family maybe you have a genetic predisposition to such things as anxiety and panic (and therefore phobias). Does that mean you have to live with it? Of course not! There is much that you can do, and you can recover like everyone else. Investigate the therapies discussed on this site and chose which is best for you. For those that feel their anxiety and panic issues are genetically inherent I recommend the approach pioneered by Dr Claire Weeks.

About

Anxiety2Calm was set up in 2005 and is now well into its second decade on the internet! It has gone through various incarnations, but has only ever had one owner and editor, a former suffer of anxiety.

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This site is a general reference site. The information given here is based on the experiences of the author. The author is neither a medical doctor nor a professional therapist or psychologist. Nothing on this web site should be used as a substitute to any existing treatment, and patients should always speak to their doctor first when dealing with anxiety attacks, panic attacks, phobias, or agoraphobia or any other disorder.

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