"Anxiety" according to a top US medical center: " Happens as a normal part of life. It can even be useful when it alerts you to danger. But for some people, anxiety persistently interferes with daily activities such as work, school or sleep. This type of anxiety can disrupt relationships and enjoyment of life, and over time it can lead to health concerns and other problems"
The extent of this problem can only be evaluated after due consideration is given to a conservative estimate that worldwide, 1 in 10 persons may be suffering from one form of anxiety or the other. And, in the earlier stages, anxiety is seldom noticed by colleagues at work or might escape attention at home. The nature of the disorder being what it is, most people would prefer to conceal it as long as they can. Not everyone can expect understanding or encouragement when confiding in others that they are uncomfortable in open or crowded places, and they fear that something unpleasant may occur causing them embarrassment or harm. Sadly, this becomes a lonesome and untenable part of life.
The National Institute of Mental Health claims that the onset of anxiety is averaged out at 11 years of age, and 65 million Americans suffer from one form of anxiety or the other. 50% of these are victims of acute general anxiety disorder. And yet very few people go in for any kind of medical treatment.
According to highly specialized medical centers, like the Mayo Clinic in the USA, main treatments for generalized anxiety disorder is medication and psychotherapy. Since medication (anti-depressants) has seldom provided the desired results, a combination of the two, on a trial and error basis, is recommended. This becomes a partially unexplored territory as is indicated by the fact that medical experts are uncertain how a individual will react to a particular form of medication.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective type of psychotherapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Generally, a short-term treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on teaching you specific skills to identify negative thoughts and behaviors, and replace them with positive ones. Even if an undesirable situation doesn't change, you can reduce stress and gain more control over your life by changing the way you respond.
Presently, there are two extremely popular, non-drug treatments available on the Internet. Barry McDonagh (Panic Away) and Charles Linden (Linden Method) have themselves been victims of serious anxiety disorders for many years. Their healing and subsequent research is a study of the many forms of experimental medication they personally went through. Both these programs have a huge following in the U.S and many other countries of the world and their claims of healing thousands of people would appear to be true.
According to the American Psychiatric Association and expert medical organizations, it takes six months for a person to be considered suffering from acute anxiety disorder if normalcy (as stipulated) is not attained in that period.
Most people will agree that this means a prolonged agony for the sufferer and can be testing times at home and work. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as practiced by Barry McDonagh and Charles Linden is inexpensive, a home study program and is guaranteed to cure you.
Soon, results should speak for themselves so why not rid yourself of fear and anxiety, once and for all?
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Capt. R.P.Bhalla is a retired airline captain and an expert on Social Affairs. He writes exclusively on Family, Health and Money matters.