I decided to train as a private anxiety therapist, after an anxiety specialist helped me. I knew first hand the problems anxiety brings, and what it’s like to overcome it. Anxiety therapy is different to conventional therapy. Today the focus is on helping people get to where they want to go to. It’s not just about exploring the feelings, it’s about building specific strategies, tools and techniques to help somebody overcome their anxiety.
As an anxiety therapist, what I focus on, is overcoming anxiety. It’s not about curing anxiety, but then it’s a step to finding the answer to that ‘is anxiety real?’ question.
It’s not an easy task. I’ve had many clients who have made it through many years of life with anxiety. Most of the time, these people have used the techniques that I focus on when I’m assisting them to overcome their anxiety. When I focus on the tools, techniques and strategies, I think it’s important that it’s a journey for them to accept, learn and embrace those tools. The journey to overcome anxiety may not be the one they’ve lived for the last decade. It’s better to focus on tools, techniques and strategies that they’ve learned and used to overcome anxiety, then learning new and unfamiliar ones.
One of the hardest things for an anxiety therapist to deal with is the fact that they have taken on all the challenges and responsibilities of life as a client and have a way of being able to take on all the positive things in their life. They don’t know how to just stop being anxious, so for them to be able to say, ‘I am anxious right now’ is difficult.
These clients don’t want to take a deep breath, so for them to be able to take a deep breath and slowly take the energy away from the anxiety is an important technique. Anxiety has taken control over them and that’s something they’ll be able to accept and learn.
To be able to get them to go beyond just the technique, technique and some additional awareness, is an important part of the journey to overcoming anxiety. The journey to overcoming anxiety, like the anxiety sufferers, needs to take a deeper level of awareness. Anxiety sufferers that have learned how to be able to accept the anxiety is just as important as the ones who have the tools to deal with the anxiety.
Anxiety is just as damaging as major depression, but it’s not nearly as well understood. Anxiety is a chemical imbalance that can be learned and changed. The ones who have learned how to deal with anxiety, have learned how to live. This could also be the case with those who have learned to have a panic attack, but don’t know how to handle the anxiety. I believe it’s vital that people learn how to accept the anxiety and learn how to stop it. Once you learn how to accept the anxiety and learn how to stop it, you will not feel as bad, see that there is nothing to fear, and you’ll also learn how to overcome anxiety.
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Okay, there are two main types of anxiety disorder: generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, can include many different types of symptoms and feelings. Anxiety can occur without any warning. It can come on unexpectedly and last for a short time or a long time. And it is somewhat unpredictable. The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder are often hard to distinguish from those of other types of anxiety disorders.
Panic disorder is characterized by a sudden onset of symptoms.
Panic disorder is classified as an anxiety disorder, meaning that panic disorder is a problem with anxiety or an inability to control the anxious thoughts. But the way in which it is usually diagnosed differs from those of other anxiety disorders.
Some doctors may diagnose it as social phobia.
Panic disorder can bring on a feeling of terror, often accompanied by physical symptoms. These symptoms may be characterized by dizziness, faintness, palpitation, difficulty speaking or thinking, tingling or numbness at the lips or extremities, fear of losing control, and hot or cold flashes. It is also possible for panic disorder to bring on a feeling of dread, anxiety, or dread, often characterized by heart palpitations, cold shivers, fear of dying, or a full blown panic attack.
Panic disorder can be categorized into three subtypes: a short-term type, which may last for only a few minutes; a frequent type, which may last for several hours; and an extreme type, which may last for many days or weeks.
In recent years, there have been treatments for generalized anxiety disorder. I am going to give you a brief synopsis of some of these treatments.
* Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This treatment program usually involves a series of psychological and behavioral work-outs. Once the cause of anxiety is discovered, the patient is helped to identify the “habits of mind” that trigger their anxiety. With the help of CBT, the patient gradually develops habits of thinking and acting that reduces and even eliminates their anxiety. The patient, then, becomes “the therapist,” helping the therapist to learn how to think more effectively and behave more effectively. The therapy is delivered by the therapist either in person or through video chat.
* Medication. This is sometimes given along with CBT, and some medication is given alone. This is usually followed by a process of relaxation or relaxation training. This relieves some anxiety and reduces the effects of anxiety.
In a few cases, this treatment plan may not be successful, if the cause of anxiety is genetic or was triggered by a stressful event. In such cases, CBT and medication may not be the best treatments.
If the cause of anxiety is trauma, CBT and medication may not be enough.
* Rapid sequence AMT and Rapid sequence CF is another one of the treatment programs that treats panic attacks by assisting the patient to confront his fear. Once the patient realizes that he can confront his fears, he learns to relax. With this treatment, the patient is taught how to practice deep breathing, muscle relaxation, mental imagery, and simple meditation. It also teaches him to control his breath, to calm his mind and feelings so that he can focus his attention on what he is doing. With this treatment, the patient becomes more aware of his own experiences and reactions, and he learns how to be in the present and to notice how he is feeling and thinking. When he learns how to be in the present, he is able to cope with his fears and also avoid the situations that trigger his panic attacks.