So can anxiety be cured?
In short, yes anxiety can definitely be cured. The more accurate term to use here is replacement rather than cure. Cure insinuates that we have some kind of mental or physical illness. Even though it feels like we do, it certainly isn’t the case.
When we are stuck in cycles such as anxiety, it means that our bodies are overly sensitised and nerve impulses are shooting everywhere. We become neurologically imbalanced and it’s no wonder we feel as if we’ve been pushed sideways.
Anxiety becomes learnt and is stored in the brain as neural pathways. See my post about neuroplasticity here.
Because we experience anxiety on a constant basis and carry out the behaviours which perpetuate it, the anxiety becomes a habit. Habits are stored in the subconscious mind. This is why we are still experiencing anxiety even when their is no threat. It’s become instinctual.
The cause of our anxiety
Specifically, there is a small organ in the brain called the amygdala and that controls the anxiety response. Think of it like it a thermostat.
When it is appropriate to be anxious because of a current threat in our environment, our brain sends a message to our body (through nerve signals) that adrenaline should be released to prepare ourselves for either fighting or fleeing from a danger.
But what happens when we still experience anxiety when the threat has passed? Or if there never was any real threat to begin with?
In scientific language, It means that our thermostat (amygdala) has become stuck at the high end of fear. In our language, it means that “this is bloody ridiculous, I shouldn’t be feeling like this”. And no we shouldn’t.
We consciously know that experiencing fear when there is no reason to be scared is inappropriate. But this doesn’t change the fact that we are experiencing inappropriate levels of fear and will continue doing so. (That is until we know what to do to turn it off).
When we are anxious, our rational part of the brain has a difficult time trying to sort things out. It never wins. Our reptilian side of the brain is designed to respond automatically, which is why it always gets in front.
Think about it. If there was a herd of antelope charging at us, we don’t stop and think things through do we? We haven’t got time to analyse the situation. And it’s a good job we don’t.
Our reptilian brain kicks in and makes a decision to either fight (stupid decision in this case) or flee (smart decision) from the threat. There is no thinking involved. Our senses look for threat, detect it, send data back to the brain and our brain sends a signal to the body to respond appropriately.
So we run like hell when we see the herd of wild, aggressive animals heading our way. If we had to think about what to do in life threatening situations, then we wouldn’t have to time to think for very long… we’d get stampeded on.
“You’ll just have to manage it I’m afraid” – Doctor
How many times have we heard that during our visits to the doctors? We’ve all been told many times that anxiety cannot be cured but only managed.
Please understand that this is scientifically incorrect. It’s impossible not to cure it as it is a behavioural condition and is eliminated like any other habit which we don’t desire to have. Whoever is telling us that it can only be managed and not cured is deceiving us.
For a start, it’s dangerous to be told that “you will never get over your fear disorder”. 1 – Because it’s factually wrong and 2 – because it’s instills more fear into us.
What does this then do? As we’re fearing and “believing” the false truth, we’re perpetuating the fear cycle and going around in circles.
We will then give up on the idea (truth) that anxiety can be cured, so we will just settle for less by focusing on unnecessary management.
We will not realize our full potential in life and live the anxiety free life we so desperately desire because of what someone said to us which is completely incorrect.
It will be only when we understand the real truth about this emotional condition, that we can apply the information to change our lives.
The real truth
The real truth is that we can cure it and we’re not ill.
We’re not physically or mentally ill. Our amygdala has just become maladjusted and this is why we’re experiencing it on a constant basis. And whatever we experience on a constant basis becomes habit.
We have just created a habit of having too much fear and we have made the habit stronger by practicing being anxious and fearing it.
Are we ill if we have a habit of being happy all the time? No of course not, so why do we think we’re ill when we experience too much of the emotion of fear?
It “feels” uncomfortable and it seems like we’re suffering from an illness because of how intense the sensations of anxious behaviour is. But anxiety symptoms are supposed to make us feel unwell. They’re alarm systems.
It would be strange if we were to feel all relaxed and warm when being alerted of a potential threat.
“The symptoms of anxiety, although highly unpleasant, are nothing more than inappropriate responses to normal stimuli, responses created by the misguided and altered brain structure.” – Charles Linden
How to cure anxiety
We have to replace the anxious habit by building new neurology in our brains. We have to replace the anxious neural pathways with non-anxious ones.
We can only do this by feeding data to our subconscious mind through our senses on a continual basis. It’s about stopping the behaviours which are causing more anxiety and focusing on building new healthy and productive ones.
It has been proven that by changing certain physical behaviour, we can eliminate habits. This is called operant conditioning and when we practice new behaviour for a while, it overwrites the unwanted behaviour.
It’s no different from learning to read or playing an instrument, the more we practice the better we get. So we can just focus on practicing a behaviour we want to adopt until it becomes habitual.
The reason why trying to avoid a certain habit doesn’t work in the long run is because we are focusing on what we don’t want and whatever we focus on, we create more of in our lives.
With any habit, it takes a while for it to build and become instinctual.
What do I recommend?
Everything which I’ve mentioned above is contained in a program called The Linden Method.
It is a natural program which is focused on creating physical and emotional balance in ones life and following a set of strict rules which completely remove the subconscious behavioural habit. If you’ve read my story then you will have known that this program is what saved me.
I also recommend eating healthy foods, keeping fit, removing yourself from negative influences. Basically avoid anything which is associated with anxiety.
These things aren’t necessarily the cure, but doing these things will accelerate the recovery process. We have to create an environment for recovery.
Why is this program so effective and different to others?
Because it tells the fear mechanism in the brain that it is safe. This is all that is needed to turn off the inappropriate fear, just the correct data fed to it which will allow our subconscious mind to reset back to being non-anxious.
This can not be done by convincing ourselves using thought. We cannot change emotional responses using thought. Changing emotional responses can only happen when we send the correct signals through our senses. it’s a physical thing.
Other programs or therapies focus on keeping the anxiety alive unintentionally. They focus on analysing the symptoms rather than getting to the route cause. The Linden Method gets to the route cause, not by focusing on it, but by sending the correct data to the subconscious mind that switches off anxiety as a byproduct.
Right now, our brains are waiting for the right data it needs to turn off the fear switch but it is currently not getting it. All of the other treatments which we have used have stopped this process from happening naturally.
They are all well intended but we have to starve the data anxiety needs to keep alive, not by talking about it. Not by writing in an anxiety journal and taking time out to worry. All of this just strengthens the behaviour and keeps the anxious pathways alive.
So The Linden Method will allow you to create the process which brings down the thermostat to a normal, appropriate level.
It’s a process, not an overnight magical pill that will cure us instantly, so it will require a bit of work. Not hard work though, just consistency, persistence and a burning desire to overcome this unnecessary condition.
So my advice summarised up is this. If everything you’ve tried hasn’t worked for you and feel that you are ready to tackle anxiety and overcome it for good, then I honestly recommend you look into The Linden Method.
Having the right knowledge and then taking action on that knowledge is crucial for anything in life. That’s the recipe for success.
This method contains the right information and the right actions for us to take. I truly wish you all the best on your journey to anxiety recovery.
- https://www.unlearninganxiety.com/amygdala/#real anxiety reason