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Drug Free Anxiety Therapy

Yes, there are therapies out there that are drug-free and really have therapeutic affect. Some tackle the disorder head-on, redressing the physical imbalances caused by the disorder, others help you to relax, releasing tension, lowering the blood pressure, slowing the heart rate and breathing and allowing your mind to slow down. Here is a list of the more helpful ones.

Psychotherapy

Both behavioural therapy and cognitive therapy are used to help you to change your daily habits and negative thought processes which cause you to react anxiously.

Cognitive behavioural therapy combines both behavioural and cognitive therapy.

The science of thse therapies states that you can modify your emotional responses using modified thoughts. This is not real science. Neurologically it is impossible to modify emotional responses through thought. Most people who have used cognitive therapies will tell you that they had little to no therapeutic affect and many have stated that it made their issues worse. There is no conclusive evidence that cognitive therapy is anything more than reassurance.

Alexander Technique

There is a definite connection between tense, tight muscles and anxiety. When severely constricted, muscles can create severe mental and emotional imbalances. The Alexander Technique releases muscle tension which can bring about profound improvements in general mental health and well-being. Many people have found relief in anxiety symptoms related to muscle tension such as aching neck and shoulder muscles and restricted breathing due to muscle tension in the chest. The Alexander Technique does not, however, address the core anxiety disorder.

Bach Flower Remedies

Remedies are prescribed according to the individual and the cause and nature of the anxiety and identifying the exact feeling underlying the problem. Agrimony and aspen are useful for mild to moderate anxiety. For severe cases, use cherry plum or red chestnut. Anxiety for no apparent reason can be treated with aspen. Anxiety over the welfare of loved ones (such as worrying excessively about the well-being of others) can be treated with red chestnut; anxiety about inability to cope could be helped by taking elm or larch.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is useful to overcome specific phobias such as fear of flying, state fright, fear of examinations or sports contests. It also helps in relaxation. Hypnotherapy treatment may involve age regression, suggestion therapy, NLP, hypno-healing and self-hypnosis. Hypnotherapy does not adjust emotional responses. It is relaxing and reassuring but it does not remove the core anxiety disorder.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a slow rythmic martial art. It can also aid posture and muscle tone. It's an interesting and engaging activity and can help you to relax.

The Linden Method Anxiety Recovery Therapy

This method takes elements from a wide range of very successful techniques and combines it with Charles Linden's recovery method. By combining a variety of media delivery formats (written, CDs, video, email), to convey the correct information in the correct way, at the correct time, method users have found that they have digested, retained and implemented the information much more successfully.

The results are impressive. Read Dr Janette Brennan's Review of The Linden Method HERE

By using a unique group of techniques and delivering them correctly, the results have been astonishing. People with long term disorders use this method after decades of suffering to find that their lives are turned around. This is well worth looking at!

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  • Qi Kung

    Qi Kung is related to Tai Chi and can be a useful way to relax. It is not a solution but it may help you.

    Panic Away by Joe Barry

    Panic Away includes a technique that Joe Barry calls the 'One Move' technique. This technique is not unique and certainly wasn't invented by Joe Barry but has been found to be useful as a 'first aid' device during a panic attack. This is not a 'cure' but it can be helpful. A version of this technique is included as a free item in The Linden Method Program which is far simpler, more complete, offers many very reassuring and useful extras, recovery webinars and also includes professional support.

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  • Meditation

    Meditation is not a solution, in fact, there are many documented cases of people developing mental illness as a result of using meditation.

    Mindfulness is the new buzzword but exercise extreme caution. Medically, it cannot cure an anxiety disorder and will probably make it far worse. Mindfulness meditation focuses you on your 'self', it exacerbates the undue attention that anxiety disorder sufferers experience and can activate true mental illnesses such as psychosis and depression.

    Alternative therapies

    Successful treatment of anxiety conditions using alternative treatments is rare, but used in conjunction with other approaches, many people have found relief from some of the symptoms. Exercise some caution though because there are many unscrupulous unaccredited practitioners who try to sell snake oil.