Anxiety is one of the most common psychiatric disorders on the planet. Not only have millions of people been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder - millions more suffer from daily, persistent anxiety that they're struggling to manage, but manage just enough to not qualify for a diagnosis.
Anxiety is a common problem, but unfortunately, it's one with a serious impact. That's why it's so important that you understand how to control your anxiety and what you can do to stop anxiety from ruining your life.
Don't Just "Manage" Anxiety Anymore!
So many people tell you ways to manage your anxiety. But why manage it when you can cure it. Curing your anxiety is possible. You simply need to commit to a strategy that is proven to help you deal with anxiety forever. Find out more about how to cure your anxiety forever with my free 7-minute anxiety test.
My Life Was Changed By Anxiety
Anxiety is something that no one should have to deal with. It's not just the mental symptoms - it's the physical symptoms and the way that anxiety affects the way you feel. Take my anxiety test if you haven't yet to learn more about the physical symptoms of anxiety.
Not that long ago, anxiety was ruining my life also. I was suffering from almost every anxiety disorder in the book. I had panic attacks. I had agoraphobia (fear of leaving my home). I had health anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, and some obsessive-compulsive tendencies that my psychologist said were indicative of an OCD diagnosis.
I was the victim of anxiety until I decide I didn't want anxiety ruining my life further. It didn't even happen gradually - I realized all at once how and why it was important to take my anxiety seriously. All of the sudden it hit me:
- I was spending every day worried about how my anxiety would control my present, to the point where I wasn't enjoying my future.
- I was worried about my health, and how my social life and love life would be affected by anxiety, but I wasn't trying to do anything to make those issues better.
- I wanted to be free of anxiety, but I hadn't been willing to commit to a treatment.
The last point was important. I knew that I didn't want anxiety, but I never realized how much I was holding myself back from overcoming it. I'd try a treatment or two and expect it to work right away, and when it didn't, I gave up. I was letting anxiety ruin my life because I wasn't willing to admit to myself that my life needed changing.
How to Stop Anxiety From Ruining Your Life
The most important thing you can do is realize that you're not truly living your life unless you're living it free of anxiety. This is something many people with anxiety struggle to do. I remember that for years I was living with severe health anxiety. I convinced myself I had a heart problem and multiple sclerosis because of my anxiety and panic attacks, even though the doctors told me I didn't.
So every day I spend afraid of these symptoms, and every time I had a panic attack, I would spend the next 24 hours worried about what it meant for my health. Then one day a friend said to me:
"Okay, let's pretend you did have a serious illness. _Are you making sure you enjoy every day of your life or are you wasting your remaining days feeling sorry for yourself_?"
I realized that I was letting all of my anxieties control me, rather than learning to control my anxiety. I would try rapid treatments and ask for various medicines instead of committing to something long term and getting the help I need.
If you're someone that's been a slave to anxiety - someone whose life anxiety is ruining - then you owe it to yourself to commit to treatments that will rid you of this anxiety once and for all.
Take my anxiety test to get started. I developed it specifically to help people just like you learn more about their anxiety and what they can do to stop it from ruining their lives forever.
Author: Micah Abraham, BSc Psychology, last updated Dec 05, 2017.