Looking for anxiety help? If you struggle with panic attacks, chronic
worry, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, phobias or obsessive
compulsive disorder, here's help that’s practical and powerful.
Anxiety disorders are solvable problems, but when you experience one, you may find it hard to overcome. The reason is that, while you have the ability to recover, anxiety literally Tricks you into using methods that maintain, rather than remove, your fears and symptoms. It's almost as if you've been sabotaged, using methods that make things worse even though you try so hard to help yourself!
This is the most natural thing in the world. Anxiety often feels like something that has invaded your life, and most people will try to resist and oppose it. However, the worst problems come from our efforts to resist and remove anxiety, rather than from the anxiety itself.
People don’t get fooled by this trick entirely on their own. All too
often, well meaning friends, doctors, and therapists get fooled by it as
well, and unwittingly suggest methods to their patients which make the
situation worse. How many times has a well-meaning friend or relative suggested you simply "calm down!", or advised you to "stop thinking about it!"? If only it were that simple! Nothing good comes from these suggestions.
There’s even a technique called “thought stopping”, in which snapping a rubber band against your wrist is supposed to help rid you of anxious thoughts. This is not the kind of anxiety help you need! It doesn't work, because the more you tell yourself not to think something, the more you’ll think about it.
If you want a quick demonstration right now, take a minute and don’t let yourself think about dancing elephants.
See what I mean? Don’t even think about thought stopping!
When anxiety Tricks you, you get fooled into using recovery methods which actually make your fears stronger and more persistent. The more you fight an anxiety disorder, the more it grows. It’s like putting out fires with gasoline.
People who struggle with chronic anxiety often observe "the harder I try, the worse it gets". This scares them and makes them think that it's their fault, that there's something so wrong with them that they can't recover. But if it's really true that the harder you try, the worse it gets, you probably need to look at the methods you've been using, and try some different ones!
Here on this site, you’ll find anxiety help, and methods that work. I’ll show you the anxiety treatment methods I’ve used in my Chicago office to help people overcome fears, phobias, worry, and panic attacks for the last 25 years. You can use these therapy methods to outsmart the Anxiety Trick and achieve your own recovery from anxiety disorders.
Dave Carbonell, Ph.D.
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Last updated on August 26, 2017