People seeking help for anxiety, which has become uncontrollable and is hampering everyday life, make up the majority of referrals to mental health services within the UK. Anxiety appears to have become the modern plague.
In reality anxiety is a normal part of the human experience so we all have the tendency to feel it at times. Some people, however, experience too much anxiety too often. These are the people who would say that they 'suffer' from it.
Sufferers spend much of their lives battling with symptoms, focusing their efforts on getting rid of them, struggling to control them - only to fail. The main reason for this is simple -
When seeking help for anxiety symptoms most people look first for solutions, for answers. This is the wrong place to start. Before focusing your efforts on how to stop anxiety or how to overcome anxiety you need to understand how it is caused in the first place.
As someone who experienced panic attacks from the age of 10 and who lapsed into a brief acute anxiety state at the age of 31, I can identify with the thoughts, the feelings and the battles. As a professional clinical psychologist I had knowledge which, although it didn't stop me from getting the various symptoms, allowed me to understand them and to study them, putting my own theories to the test to come up with a way of dealing with them which worked.
For the past 30 years I have successfully applied my methods in clinical practice and in recent years included elements of Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
The feeling we call 'anxiety' is a feature of many psychiatric disorders - ptsd, ocd, depression, phobias, panic disorder - to name a few. In some instances it is used as a diagnosis, in others it is merely classed as a symptom. In either case, many such conditions improve significantly once help for anxiety is given.
Anyone with a degree of motivation and commitment can learn how to regain control of their anxiety - it isn't hard to do, but it requires persistence. If you're looking for magic or a quick fix this isn't the place. If, however, you want real, lasting control then welcome to my world.