Stopping Anxiety Problems Naturally
Can we stop anxiety problems ourselves?
Given the right insight into these problems and how to deal with them, we can ... many people do.
Anxiety is characterized by physical symptoms such as fast heartbeat, fast breathing, being jittery, on edge, trembling etc. and symptoms of thinking including excessive
worrying, planning and apprehension.
It is essential to our survival, yet for a number of reasons it can increase in strength and presence. It may come to be with us more intensely and give rise to anxiety
disorders involving such things as persistent worrying and apprehension, panic, phobias, OCD and depression.
These problems can seem too powerful to deal with and yet, when we understand what is really happening with them it
is possible to stop them completely. And to do it naturally without medication.
At Help-For, we don't agree with the classification of anxiety problems and disorders as various illnesses. Indeed, this classification, in itself,
reflects the human drive to control the uncontrollable by categorizing and ordering just as the anxiety disorders themselves do.
They may reflect different ways of thinking (more sensitive, self-protective ways), but they are not, in a sense, mental illnesses. The vast majority of people with
these problems are extremely intelligent (more so than the average population) and are aware of the inappropriate thoughts, feelings and behaviours, yet feel
powerless to stop them.
Anxiety problems and many types of depression are generally the result of life experiences that have made us feel afraid and unable to cope. Not usually single
frightening instances (with the exception of some forms of PTSD) they more likely develop from general living situations which involve such things as: constantly being
put down, being ridiculed, being made to feel ashamed, made to feel guilty and to feel worthless.
What underlies them is the same and they develop and grow in the same way. Heightened anxiety associated with constant worrying and planning in generalized
anxiety disorder is the same as that of the social phobic thinking about facing a fearful situation. Excessive shaking in panic is the same whatever gives rise to the panic
as are the depressed feelings of frustration sadness and despair, whatever gives rise to them.
The unstoppable thoughts of the teenage anorexic girl and the panic associated with eating and being fat works just the same as the uncontrollable thoughts of the
man or woman with obsessive compulsive disorder and the panic associated with not carrying out the rituals.
Feeling bad, uncontrollable negative thoughts and images, physiological symptoms of anxiety, panic and tension lie at the heart of all anxiety disorders and
most forms of depression ... they also lie at the heart of their cure.
The key to these problems is understanding how they work. Like everything in life,
when we know how and why something works we know how to stop it. To try and
overcome them without this understanding is exceptionally difficult for whatever we
may try, as soon as any symptoms occur, we think that it's not working, it isn't the
answer and continue the never-ending search for the 'real answer'.
To stop anxiety problems we have to know why what we are doing works for it to work, otherwise the unknown will always overpower us. To overcome these
problems we have to know how they work and, more importantly, how the way to stop them works ... only then will we have the knowledge and power to overcome
the natural setbacks that occur.
Self-help (the right kind) is the only way to permanently stop these problems: only you can change the way you think and act, no
one can get inside you and do it for you. (Guidance and support from a good therapist can help, but even with this, we still have to do it ourselves).
'Get-well quick' methods cannot work. How can something that takes years to develop, something that's an integral part of how we think, feel and act,
be removed in a matter of minutes, hours, days? (Excepting some simple phobias that can be overcome quickly, but not by 'get-well quick' methods.)
Medication, sometimes good for symptom relief cannot cure these problems. Pills work on a physical level, anxiety-related problems are psychological and most
people's problems run too deep to be cured by merely stopping the symptoms.
"a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome"
"feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease"
(Oxford English Dictionary)
Negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours with anxiety at their core.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Social Anxiety Disorder