But if you want to work it out for yourself, or you just want a bit of information about some aspect of anxiety, this is what you will find in these pages:
UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWLEDGE
All the anxiety-related problems described on this site have the same mechanism at their core. Understand that and the way forward becomes much clearer. It also becomes do-able, day by day and step by step.
Understanding comes before techniques if they are to be meaningful and successful. As you work your way through the information contained here you will come to see why.
DESCRIPTION OF SYMPTOMS AND DIAGNOSES
(Problems - Symptoms, Disorders, Panic Attacks, Common Phobias, Specific Phobias, Fear of Fear )
Anxiety is a basic human emotion that has been trained by the unsuspecting human so that it has developed into a problem.
There are many different ways in which this anxiety shows up, but despite all these different presentations, the basic cause is still the same.
Reading through the various anxiety-related problem descriptions may help you put a name to yours. But naming it alone won't help get rid of it. To do that you need to understand how it came about and then unlearn it again.
WHAT TO DO ABOUT THEM
(Solutions - Treatments, Self Help, Techniques, Mindfulness, Meditations, ACT)
When seeking help for anxiety most people look for ways to stop or reduce it. They try one treatment after another but none of them seem to stop it in the long term.
In reality just about any of the common treatment approaches DO work but people fail to actually do what is advised.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
(About Me, My Story)
Although I'm a psychologist I too have been there, done that and… I got over it for good. My own experiences gave me the opportunity to study first-hand what worked and why.
I found there were times when I knew very well what I should be doing to unlearn my panic but I couldn't bring myself to do it there and then. I also caught myself kidding myself that I was doing what I knew I should and wondering why it wasn't working. Then in the end I realised that I hadn't actually really been doing it, but had been cheating and allowing myself off the hook.
I know it's scary to really do what the professionals say you must. I'm a professional and even I cheated for many years. But in the end I had to front up and practise what I preached in order to get my life back - for good.
If you are looking for a quick fix I'm not offering that. Anxiety isn't a virus or an illness which just attacks a person at random. Anxiety is always the result of thinking habits, although many of these have been learnt unintentionally.
The only way to get rid of a bad habit of any kind once and for all is to unlearn it. To do this will require you to keep at it just as you would with any other habit you wanted to get rid of. But if you do, you will get the rewards. Any quick fix will not be a lasting fix. A slow and steady fix will be once and for all.
Promise yourself that from this moment on each day will take you a little bit closer to becoming the person you truly want to be - Baby Steps.