I recommend mindfulness training and therapy for dealing with anxiety and panic attacks. It teaches you how to break free from the reactive and habitual anxiety-producing thoughts that feed anxiety, something that medications will not do.
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Standard counseling can be beneficial, but often common talk therapy does not alter the underlying psychological process that is the real cause of your depression or anxiety.
This also applies to the use of medications – anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications may provide a temporary relief from symptoms for a while, but medications are not going to change the underlying process that produces your anxiety and depression.
The type of psychotherapy that I recommend is known as Mindfulness Therapy, which can be quite powerful for overcoming anxiety as well as for treating chronic depression or other emotional problems resulting from conditioned negative thinking. Most people see significant reduction in the level of anxiety and depression after the first couple of sessions of Mindfulness Therapy.
Mindfulness therapy is extremely effective for helping you break free from those automatic habitual patterns of reactive thinking that fuel anxiety and panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. When we learn how to apply mindfulness we actually learn to sit with our emotions, we learn to meditate on our emotions. So, I will teach you exactly how to do this, how to sit with your anxiety, how to meditate on your anxiety, without becoming overwhelmed by it and without becoming reactive. This is the essential training that’s needed to change the habits of reactive anxiety.
The real problem is that we simply are not conscious of this habit of becoming caught up in reactive thinking we get lost in patterns of worrying, of rumination and excessive thinking, which simply feeds the anxiety. But with mindfulness training you learn how to become an observer. You learn how to sit with the emotions and with the thoughts without becoming lost in them, without becoming overwhelmed by them, without becoming essentially controlled by your emotions or your thoughts. This process it isn’t quite easy to learn if you get good guidance. You have to learn how to meditate on your emotions. Common mindfulness meditation practices usually involve meditating on the breath and this is a good relaxation exercise, but it will not really help you with your anxiety.
You have to meditate on the cause of your anxiety, which is your relationship to your emotions and your thoughts. If that relationship is unconscious then your emotions and thoughts will govern you, you will be controlled by them. They’ll be little choice.
But once you start to develop more consciousness around the anxiety and the thoughts then you begin to break free from them. You begin to neutralize the effects of emotions and thoughts on you.
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How to Overcome Anxiety & Depression without medications
The most effective way to overcome anxiety and depression is to break free from the underlying habitual reactive thinking that fuels your anxiety or depression. This is precisely what we focus on during online therapy sessions. It is very effective and most people see significant improvements after 2-3 sessions. Medications only provide temporary relief from the symptoms, but do not change the underlying cause; Mindfulness Therapy does change the underlying process that causes anxiety and depression and that is why it is so effective for producing lasting changes.
The problem of an anxiety disorder is that it’s not short-lived like “normal anxiety”, it persists, it is recurrent. It keeps affecting the quality of our life on a daily basis, it keeps coming back. That is not a normal state of anxiety. It’s basically become a self-sustaining habit that recreates itself over and over again when certain triggers are present. For example driving anxiety. So chronic driving anxiety or phobia is quite different than the normal kind of anxiety we might experience when traffic is very heavy or when weather conditions change on the road. So driving anxiety disorder is one in which we are propelled into panic attacks and to extreme fear reactions by really quite normal triggers.
So in that case we need to find a way of changing the underlying habit that causes that anxiety. This we can do through mindfulness therapy and other forms of psychotherapy that address the underlying habits that is causing the anxiety.
Medications may have a place in some situations, but it’s really important to understand that medications are not going to change that psychological habit. All medications do is relieve the symptoms for a while.
So, if you have persistent anxiety, an anxiety disorder, such as a phobia or such as OCD or a panic disorder or agoraphobia or any other form of extreme anxiety, then you need to look at the underlying psychological habits.
We can change that really by becoming more conscious of how the habit works itself. The typical response that we have, usually, to any kind of unpleasant experience such as anxiety is that we run away from it. We try to avoid it. We try to avoid the triggers that produce that anxiety. But this really starts to strengthen that anxiety habit.
It means that we become more and more under the control of habit and that simply strengthens the habit. So, in Mindfulness Therapy we recognize this as a primary problem: avoidance and also aversion to unpleasant emotional reactions. That’s really what feeds the habit.
Instead, we learn to sit with our anxiety in much the same way as we might sit with a friend who is in pain. You learn not to become as upset as our friend, but rather to become a safe and supportive person that is able to provide a space around that anxiety that’s what helps the person overcome their anxiety if we can provide that protective space.
Is very much the same with our emotions. We learn to become friends to our emotions by creating a protective space around them so that the emotions don’t ignite further reactivity in the form of reactive thinking and react to behaviors that feed that anxiety.
When you can sit with your anxiety in this way not reacting to it then you’re creating the ideal conditions in which that anxiety will begin to change itself and begin to heal. And when you’re not reacting then you can actually participate in is healing, you can help it heal itself. So we call this building the alliance between your True Self and Little Self. The Little Self is the anxiety and other emotional habits that operate blindly out of consciousness like any habit to feed that anxiety.
The True Self is that part of you that can observe the anxiety without reacting. It’s what can be present with the anxiety without becoming anxious. So once you get that dynamic between your True Self, the observer mind and the Little Self, the reactive mind, then you can begin to change those habits.