Most professional help for anxiety of various kinds omits one very important and vital ingredient. It is the one thing that can make a difference between lasting success and only temporary relief or failure.
As a professional psychologist I have seen this happen again and again. I have seen people who have been prescribed medication, who have been taught various relaxation techniques, even those who have received psychological therapy (usually CBT). In many cases the symptoms may be overcome in the short term. But then when something else untoward happens in the person's life, the anxiety returns.
I also consider myself very lucky because not only did I experience panic attacks myself from the age of ten, but when I was in my early thirties I also lapsed into a severe anxiety state for a couple of months. These experiences gave me the chance to really put my own theories to the test.
I now know what works every time, and it works for good...
When seeking help for anxiety symptoms most people look first for solutions, for answers. Many of the treatments offered attempt to get rid of the symptoms. This is the wrong place to start. Before focusing your efforts on how to stop anxiety or how to overcome anxiety you need to understand how it is caused in the first place.
None of the usual approaches to anxiety that I mentioned earlier - medication, relaxation training, CBT - will have a lasting effect unless they follow UNDERSTANDING. You may already have received treatment such as these and yet you are still battling with anxiety...
Sufferers spend much of their lives battling with symptoms, focusing their efforts on getting rid of them, struggling to control them - only to fail. The main reason for this is simple -
As you work your way through the information contained here you will come to see why.
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.