Post by Sharon
Everyone has anxiety, everyone gets socially sensitive, perhaps avoids giving a speech, maybe gets an out-of-the-blue panic attack, is afraid their hand will shake when they sign a check, freak out in elevators, won't fly on planes, generally avoids social situations.
It's not at all unusual to have all these quirks of being human, but upon occasion these issues breed new issues and more limitations on life, or need to be addressed by medications or counseling.
And, we beat ourselves up for not handling life, but that's not the issue. In fact, people with anxiety disorders are some of the most talented, successful, who tend to demand perfection of themselves instead of in others.
I will discuss why I am a bit of an expert in this arena (at the end of this post), but for now I want to ease your concerns that you are abnormal or a loser because I'm going to introduce you to some celebrities with anxiety disorders and you will see your elite tribe.
Well, you get the idea. If you want a full list that will knock you over - take a look HERE.
We are in odd times and people who never had anxiety issues might be feeling it now. You think you're numb, dying, going crazy, afraid of simple things you used to do without a thought, not sleeping, not eating, overeating, concentrating on your body to a hypochondriacal level.
It's really what you tell yourself about these times and your ability to cope that creates your reality, your decisions and your outcomes.
The key is to move illogical conclusions to logical ones to go from illogical emotions to logical ones. It's called cognitive-behavioral therapy.
In 1990 at the age of 27, I started having panic attacks that quickly accelerated to high anxiety and terror. I had never heard of panic attacks or knew that a person's body could get so keyed up that you think you're dying or going crazy. The fear of the symptoms made it worse.
Desperate to get back to "normal," I read every single book I could find on the subject, checking out tons of books at the libraries. I voraciously read them, finding out that consistently people reported full and permanent recovery, with cognitive-behavioral therapy, recovering within 12 weeks. I was determined to work it day and night and be over it in 8 weeks. And, I was - permanently.
In fact, the hardest times of my life happened after recovery and I stayed recovered. I owe it all to cognitive-behavioral techniques. They were nicely outlined in the books "The New Guide to Rational Living" by Albert Ellis and Robert Harper and "Feeling Good Handbook" by David Burns.
I immediately attended an anxiety disorder self-help group where I gave lectures, workshops, wrote articles printed around the world, and eventually took over the group responsibilities. Over the past 30 years, I have guided many dozens of people through recovery.
To this day, I am available in a cognitive - intuitive - life path planning capacity. Contact me if you are interested in a guide. firstname.lastname@example.org
The tools of logical thinking lead to logical emotions and they can make you extremely successful when you get past the old illogical dialogues.
I also have a Kindle book to teach you how I recovered from panic disorder completely.
Just know that if you or someone you love suffers anxiety, it's the single most treatable issue and the techniques utilized should be taught in school because they apply to everyone, not just those with anxiety disorders. If you want to be an effective human being, you need to break down some illogical conclusions about how the world and you SHOULD be and get real. It's truly a miracle tool that we had at hand and never knew because we were never taught.
When the world is armed with logic, everything is possible.