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Dr. Jeanette Answers Questions About The Most Effective Anxiety Treatment

Natural Anxiety Help for Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Anxiety Attacks, Panic Attacks, ADD, ADHD


Anxiety Treatment Question

"My life is ruined with anxiety attacks and panic attacks. Is there any hope for me? I have tightness in the chest with anxiety and cannot breathe. Drugs do not help." Lisa in Australia

Natural Anxiety Treatment Answer

First, let me congratulate you on being aware of your anxiety. Unfortunately, most people live in denial about how anxious they are.

Millions of people do not know they are anxious even though their foot is jumping up and down. Or they are biting their nails while driving the car.

Feel hopeful and glad that you are not in denial. This means you can definitely overcome anxiety attacks and panic attacks naturally.

First, let's review anxiety attack symptoms.

Anxiety Attack Symptoms:

1.  Tightness in the chest, heart pounding
2.  Upset guts, flipping stomach
3.  Hyperventilating
4.  Cannot seem to catch your breath
5.  Thinking something terrible is going to happen
6.  Racing thoughts of disaster
7.  Cannot perform the task you need to perform

If you have any of the above you are having an anxiety attack or panic attack.  Anxiety attacks and panic attacks are similar.

A panic attack has a higher pitch than an anxiety attack.  In both situations, you are overwhelmed. This means you are not present, relaxed and self-confident.

What Causes Anxiety Attacks?

Panic attacks and anxiety attacks occur when your thoughts get out of control. You may or may not be aware of the negative, mean, obsessive thoughts that you are thinking but they are there in your brain.

When your negative thoughts attack you, your nervous system gets very upset. This happens even if you are not aware of your negative thoughts.

Your attacking mental thoughts cause your anxiety symptoms to occur.

When you get caught up in your out of control mental energy you become overwhelmed by the energy of your thoughts. You can become so overwhelmed you are completely paralyzed. This is when you panic.

Current Anxiety Treatments

1. Medication

Drugs do not cure anxiety. Medication masks your anxiety problem. Drugs keep you from reducing your anxiety unless you deliberately use the medication with a therapeutic, desensitization plan to reduce your anxiety.

Legal anxiety medications are harmful to your body and should only be used in conjunction with an anxiety reduction program. Make sure you are in an anxiety reduction program with an experienced holistic psychologist who knows how to desensitize you to what makes you anxious.

2. Systematic Desensitization for Natural Anxiety Treatment

In the old days, during my post doctoral training at the Behavior Therapy Unit at Temple Medical School in the 1970's with Joe Wolpe, MD, we used systematic desensitization to treat anxiety.

With systematic desensitization we taught people to relax their body and then imagine the things they were afraid of in small steps until they were no longer afraid.

Systematic desensitization is very effective in reducing anxiety attacks, panic attacks, PTSD, phobias, stress anxiety, social anxiety and GAD symptoms.

Systematic desensitization is still the treatment of choice for anxiety, anxiety attacks and panic attacks.

Learning research proves that anxiety is a learned behavior. This means, if you learned something, you can unlearn it.


1. You do not have to live with anxiety for the rest of your life.

2. You can learn how to reduce and eliminate anxiety attacks.

Use desensitization. For example, if you have a fear of driving across a bridge based on a past experience that really happened to you, use systematic desensitization to get rid of your anxiety. 

A stimulus specific desensitization program for anxiety is very effective.

3.  Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Treatment

The most popular current treatment for anxiety is Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBT teaches you to think positive thoughts.

Having to think, about thinking positive thoughts, is probably the reason Cognitive Behavior Therapy has a high recidivism rate according to the last study I read. Recidivism, means the anxiety returns after the anxiety treatment.

Another reason Cognitive Behavior Therapy is limited is you obsess about positive thoughts in the exact same way you obsess about negative thoughts. Obsessing is the problem. Thinking is the problem.

You want to move beyond thinking to get out of your beta brainwaves. You access much more of your human potential when you overcome anxiety. You enjoy peak experiences.

4.  Meditation and Mindfulness for Anxiety Treatment

Meditation and mindfulness are also used to treat anxiety with some degree of success.  However, without a stimulus specific desensitization program you are not unlearning whatever makes you anxious.

In addition, meditation and mindfulness are the mind-trying-to-solve-its-own problem approach.  As Einstein said, “You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.”

This is absolutely correct when it comes to unlearning anxiety naturally. In order to unlearn your conditioning you must get out of your brain and the same consciousness that created your anxiety in the first place.

5. Yoga For Anxiety Treatment

If yoga works for you, use it. Be glad it works and do not worry about it! 

However, if yoga does not stop your anxiety, notice how during yoga, your brain tells your body to posture itself in a certain way. Therefore, your brain is still the dictator.

In addition, when you use yoga you are not unlearning any of your specific anxiety responses and anxiety behaviors.

Relaxation Therapy and yoga are both limited if you do not include a desensitization program that addresses your specific learned anxiety behaviors so you unlearn your conditioned responses.

6. EMDR For Anxiety Help 

EMDR is a simple technique that falls under the systematic desensitization program mentioned above. Dr. Wolpe recognized the value of EMDR as an effective tool before he died.

EMDR works to the degree that you are desensitizing your past memories and past conditioned responses so you unlearn them.

What is the Most Effective Anxiety Treatment?

Thinking positive thoughts is not enough. Talking about your anxiety is not enough. Relaxation Therapy is not even enough.

To be successful in reducing your anxiety you must unlearn the anxiety behaviors that you learned in the past.

To be self-confident you must get to the root cause of your anxiety and unlearn your anxious behaviors. Only then can you relax and enjoy life.

You must learn how to deal effectively with what makes you anxious and learn new ways to help yourself be effective.

Dr. Jeanette's Original Approach

The anxiety treatment in this home study course is based on learning research AND includes the added benefits of body awareness, energy awareness and emotional expression.

Dr. Jeanette's body based approach is dramatically different from a Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach or psychotherapy approach.

When you are in the middle of an anxiety attack, the first thing you need to do is stop hyperventilating.

The first lesson in the online course, "Overcome Anxiety Naturally" teaches you how to stop hyperventilating using a simple, proven method.

Read more and order the Overcome Anxiety Naturally Home Study Course.

Next, you need to stop thinking.

Instead, you need to get your awareness into your body so you relax your muscles and bones into the field of gravity.

During an anxiety attack, your awareness is in your head, thoughts and mind. This is the reason you are so upset, scared and irrational.

What if you cannot relax?

Your anxiety during an anxiety attack is fast and furious. Often, it is not possible to relax no matter what you do! This high level of anxiety is like lightning.

When you are anxious you are moving too fast. This fast energy is out of control and you need to take care of yourself immediately.

You do not want to ignore your anxiety, distract yourself, or pretend there is nothing to be afraid of. This would be a serious mistake and is not helpful.

Discounting your anxiety makes you more anxious in the future. Anxiety builds up over time and gets worse if not treated.

What happens to lighting energy in nature?

Lightening is immediately grounded.

Nature does not let fast and out of control energy continue. It is not safe to do so. Nature stops lightning immediately. You need to do the same with your mental attacking energy. You need to learn how to stop your out of control energy immediately.

Fast and out of control energy is dangerous.  This is the reason you are so scared during an anxiety attack.

You need to be scared, you are out of control. Your nervous system is very extremely upset. You could have an accident and hurt yourself.

You must learn to ground your energy so it does not harm you or others.

When you are overwhelmed, you need to learn how to bring yourself back into a safe, grounded state as soon as possible.

Can You Overcome Anxiety Naturally?


You can learn to ground your energy and keep it grounded by living in your body.

This is one of the major ways Dr. Jeanette's natural anxiety approach is different from others.  You are not safe and secure until you get into your body. This home study course teaches you, step by step, how to do live in your body and breathe yourself to sanity.

Nature made your body to ground your mental energy and keep you safe and secure. Learn to live in your body so you are safe and secure. 

You can live a rich and full life. There is no rational reason you cannot!

Dr. Jeanette's anxiety reduction material has been taught to thousands of people via private sessions, groups sessions, workshops, and home study courses. You can stop your anxiety attacks.

Feel free to email Dr. Jeanette with any questions.

Doris Jeanette, copyrighted, 2005, revised 2014

Resources to Reduce Your Anxiety Naturally:

1.  "Overcome Anxiety Naturally" Home Study Course. This anxiety treatment course teaches you how to stop anxiety attacks. You learn how to stop hyperventilating in the first lesson. Get the learning information, body awareness exercises and emotional awareness tools needed to ground your energy and stop your mental energy from overwhelming you. 5 hours of audio, including "Break the Grip of Anxiety: An Overview" and 10 written lessons for $199.97. Read more and order: Overcome Anxiety Naturally Course.

2.  Natural Anxiety Help. Dr. Doris Jeanette works with you in a private session. Read client recommendations here. Phone or email sessions are available. $200.00 an hour. Read and order your anxiety reduction consultation with Dr. Jeanette.

Questions?  Write drjeanette or Call 215-732-6197. 

3.  "Break the Grip of Anxiety:  An Overview." This is a one hour audio recorded during a live teleseminar on Dr. Jeanette's original psychology approach to anxiety help. Cost is $29.97.  Read more and order.

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