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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 anxiously while you are talking to them. Or they are biting their nails anxiously while they are 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 probably 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 head.

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 that 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 specific 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, relaxation therapy teacher or emotional health coach.

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 has proven that anxiety is a learned behavior. This means, if you learned something, you can unlearn it.

Therefore:

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

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

Use desensitization when you know exactly what scares you. 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 your anxiety returns again after the anxiety treatment.

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

You want to move beyond thinking so you move out of beta brainwaves. You must access the rest of your human potential and human experience in order to successfully overcome anxiety and enjoy life.

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 effecting the reason you get 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. In order to unlearn your conditioning you must get out of your brain and the same consciousness that created your anxiety in order to find a successful, permanent treatment for anxiety.

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 work for you, notice how yoga is your brain telling your body how to posture itself. 

This means your brain is still the dictator and bully. When you use yoga you are not unlearning any of your 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 that 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 himself saw the value of EMDR before he died.

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

What is the Best Anxiety Treatment?

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

To be successful in reducing your anxiety you have to 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 anxiety behaviors.  

Then you relax and enjoy life. You deal effectively with what is going on inside of you and know how to help yourself.

Dr. Jeanette's Original Approach

My anxiety approach is based on learning research with the added benefits of body awareness, energy awareness and healthy emotional expression.

As a holistic psychologist my approach is dramatically different from a traditional talk therapist and managed care psychologist: Read about the difference between the old and new psychology.

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 the simple method used at the Behavior Therapy Unit.

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

Next, you need to get back into your body and relax into gravity.

However, sometimes you cannot relax no matter how hard you try to relax. In this case, you need a more physical way to handle your excessive anxious energy.


When you cannot relax no matter what you do.

Your anxiety during an anxiety attack is fast and furious. This high level of anxiety is like lightning.

When you are anxious you are moving too fast. This fast energy is the problem that you need to take care of immediately.

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

Discounting your anxiety only 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.

Do not let your out of control anxious energy go on and on. 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 upset. You could have an accident and hurt yourself.

You need to learn how 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?

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

This is one of the major ways my natural anxiety approach is different from others.  You are not safe and secure until you get back into your body.

Nature made your body to ground your mental energy and keep you safe and secure. I discovered how to ground my energy when I was scared and anxious at the age of 34.

You too, can learn how to live in your body so you are safe and secure.  You can definitely overcome your anxiety attacks without using drugs.

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

I have taught thousands of people via private sessions, groups sessions, workshops, and home study courses how to stop anxiety attacks.

Feel free to ask me more questions about anxiety if this does not answer your questions.

Doris Jeanette, copyrighted, 2005, revised 2014

Resources to Help You 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 $149.97. Read more and order: Overcome Anxiety Naturally Course.

2.  Natural Anxiety Help Coaching. Dr. Doris Jeanette coaches you as you learn to reduce your anxiety naturally. 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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