Treating Anxiety Disorders – Overcoming Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are not uncontrollable or random. In fact, they are quite the opposite. Even though they may feel wild, they can be prevented.Overcoming AnxietyAnxiety is not an illness, itself. The condition arises when anxiety causes a person to experience physical or psychological symptoms, such as fear or distress. When anxiety causes disturbance in a person’s life, it becomes an anxiety disorder.The good news is that anxiety disorders are resolvable, and anyone can do it with the right information, help, and support.Medication can help to reduce anxiety disorder symptoms for some people, but it should never be considered a cure, nor should it be necessary for healthy living. In fact, medication has a very low success rate regarding anxiety disorder symptom reduction, and a very poor record for long-term success.Anxiety disorders appear for specific reasons, and have definite underlying reasons why they persist. When the underlying reasons are properly addressed, anxiety disorders can disappear forever. Anxiety disorders persist, only because the underlying reasons are not addressed.Because of this fact, many who take anxiety disorder medication as their only form of treatment generally remain on medication long term, or find themselves repeatedly stopping and restarting their medication. Unless the underlying reasons are properly addressed, anxiety almost always persists or returns.Based on the latest research, the most effective form of treatment for anxiety disorders is with a combination of good self-help materials, and working with an experienced anxiety therapist who specializes in anxiety recovery.It is recommended that this therapist has personal experience, though therapists who are currently taking anxiety medication themselves aren’t the best sources of anxiety help. 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 more than five years tend to receive the best results. It will be the therapist’s personal experience with anxiety, as well as 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 have yet to successfully resolved their own anxiety. If they haven’t done it themselves, how effective are they going to be helping others?All of the coaches, counselors, and therapists at have successfully conquered anxiety in their own lives. We can help others succeed, because we have found success in our own lives.Anxiety conditions, for the most part, can be divided into two main categories:Circumstantial anxiety is characterized by symptoms that appear because of a stressful event or circumstance. Relationship difficulty, a career challenge, illness or death of a loved one, or educational stress can attribute to circumstantial anxiety.Since stress is often the beginning of an anxiety condition, most early stress conditions fall within this category. As long as you handle the stress well, most anxiety conditions in this category resolve on their own once the event, circumstance, or emotion has passed.Chronic anxiety, however, is characterized by symptoms that come and go over an extended period of time. This can be anywhere from a few months to several years. Examples include an individual who has symptoms come and go at different stages of their life, remain as an ongoing backdrop to their life, or have been on and off of medication throughout their life.Chronic anxiety also includes a great deal of fear. Many people live in fear whenever their symptoms appear. Others may be fearful throughout their lives, even when the symptoms are not evident. 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 occurs regardless of where a person is.Situational, or Phobic anxiety or panic occurs because of a particular situation or location.Anticipatory anxiety or panic occurs because of a thought that something “might” happen or a situation that “might” occur.Involuntary anxiety or panic occurs involuntarily, and often unannounced. This anxiety occurs without being preceded by spontaneous, situational, or anticipatory anxiety.It is highly recommended that you work with someone who has personally experienced anxiety at this level in his or her own life. Their personal experience and insight will be of great value and comfort to you during your recovery process.