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May 21, 2013
Anxiety doesn’t kill but some of our responses to anxiety can kill us. The terrible thing about anxiety isn’t the fears we experience but the beliefs we hold about experiencing these fears. If you believe in an easy life,  you are prone to anxiety, if you believe that everything about your life should follow as linear a pattern as possible you are prone to anxiety.

In a recent post,  I write extensively about how anxiety can be treated naturally, however I felt the information about the psychology of anxiety wasn’t enough.

In my twelve years of practice I suspect that people who struggle from anxiety and depression have higher than average IQs, meaning that they all seem to have a remarkable ability to see things as they are. This ability probably manifests in early childhood, where a young child becomes painfully aware that the world is truly a chaotic place where the adults in their lives truly have little control over what goes on. Unfortunately for these children they don’t have the maturity to discuss their feelings in detail with an adult in their life or come to peace by themselves that there are too many variables outside of their control to account and make predictions for.  So through out their lives they fight for control with others,  themselves, inanimate objects and in extreme cases imagined scenarios.

A life of constant worry can be a miserably experience.

People who struggle with chronic anxiety, also suffer from desperation. They are desperate to get better,  to feel better or to feel anything but their constant fears. This is where a potential love affair with medications come in.

The most popular medication I see clients taking are xanax and other generic name brand medications in the family of benzodiazepines. The sad part is that these drugs can be highly addictive if taken for an extended period of time, and withdrawal from the drugs can be quite nasty. For instance this post by Debra Manchester addresses some detrimental and fatal results from becoming addicted to xanax. Also another post on psychology today by Christopher Lane addresses serious allegations and suspicions that xanax use leads to brain damage.

Educating clients that these medications only numb them to their experiences with fear which is fueled by their beliefs, is akin to the ubiquitous story of that monk on a mountain top who tells the lone long traveled traveler that what he seeks lies within him. The point is that this message is rarely well received.

Anxiety can be Cured.

Yes, it can.  Ultimately the cure for anxiety lies within the sufferer and the most accurate route is to come to terms with the information they are perceiving from the world around them. You see anxiety are fears, and fear is a feeling and feelings are primarily how our brains communicate with us about what’s going on in the world around us. From sights, sounds, smells and touch, our mind and body are constantly surveying the world around us and giving us feedback regarding  what is going on around us.

So if a woman enters an airplane and she has thoughts that the plane could crash and kill her and other passengers, that thought is indeed a likelihood. However unlike most people traveling by air,  she is unable to put such thoughts out of her mind, so the best route for her to take in order to archive peace of mind is to accept the possibility of her untimely demise and come to a place of peace with this possibility.

For people who have completed my anxiety treatment program, not only have they come to a place of peace in their lives,  they have also learned to use their remarkably ability to contemplate all sorts of scenarios to their advantage.

The morale of this post is this, when it come to suffering that originates from within, there is no where to run, and the best approach towards wellness is a paradoxical approach. Which will be to embrace and tackle what you intuitively want to run from.

Ugo is a psychotherapist and owner of Road 2 Resolutions pllc a professional counseling private practice located in Tucson Arizona.
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Ian Tomlinson
May 21, 2013 @ 1:07 pm

Hi Ugo, I enjoyed reading your post on anxiety. I’m interested in how to treat the condition. Do you use mindfulness at all?

    May 21, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    Hello Ian,
    I use a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness.

May 28, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

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  • Dan
    June 9, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    Well said.

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