Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between panic and anxiety?
Panic is a sudden and intense response to a normal thought or sensation. It is often accompanied with a feeling of impending doom and multiple physical sensations such as: Rapid heart beat, pounding heart or palpitations Sweating Shaking visibly or inside Choking sensations Smothering sensations or shortness of breath Chest pain or discomfort Nausea or abdominal discomfort Dizziness or unsteadiness Feeling light-headed Derealisation (feeling unreal) Depersonalisation (Feeling detached from oneself) Fear of losing control or going crazy Paraesthesia (numbness or tingling sensations) Chills or hot flushes Anxiety is described as a more psychological condition, prolonged by thought processes which perpetuate the condition. Anxiety can cause phobias such as agoraphobia which is a condition which develops from a 'logical' development of self preservation avoidance. By avoiding certain situations the sufferer limits their activities, this forms the start of obsessive behavior and when left untreated can cause debilitating social phobias. This process can be reversed, I can show you how.
Am I alone with my anxiety?
You are one of tens of millions of people worldwide who suffer from anxiety. In the US the official figures reveal that over 19 million people are suffering from an anxiety disorder today; these figures are mirrored in the UK. That means that approximately 1 in 4 people suffer with an anxiety related condition.
What are the signs that I have an anxiety disorder?
Diagnosis is usually very straight forward but must be made by a qualified practitioner. It is advisable to be well prepared for your first visit to make diagnosis simpler. Take with you a list of the thoughts and feelings you are experiencing, list everything you can think of and make a note of when the symptoms are worse.
Can I die from anxiety?
NO! Anxiety feels horrific, sometimes you may even feel as if you are dying, but this simply is not the case. Anxiety is your body reacting inappropriately to normal thoughts or feelings causing the body to set off the 'fight or flight' response.
Why do anxiety disorders develop?
There is very rarely just one reason why an anxiety disorder develops. Disorders are usually the result of a combination of factors such as Stress, past experiences such as bereavement, a genetic predisposition or lifestyle. It can take some time for an anxiety disorder to develop and may present no, or very few, symptoms until the disorder has developed fully.
Is anxiety hereditary?
No it is not hereditary. However the physical or psychological markers may exist as a result of genetic factors which predispose a person to developing an anxiety condition. We can certainly inherit an anxious nature or develop an anxious disposition as a result of living in close proximity to someone with anxious behavior.
Has stress caused my anxiety disorder?
Stress is a factor that is implicated in the development of anxiety disorders and can prolong an existing anxiety condition, however it is usually not the only factor that causes is it. Stress weakens the defenses which would normally assist us to combat a developing anxiety condition. Treatment for stress alone is not advisable for an anxiety condition.
Can I be well again?
There is no doubt at all that you can and will be well again. Treatment is most effective when the person learns to redress the imbalance in thought processes between the conscious and subconscious mind. By doing this in a structured way and combining this with exercises to reduce the physical aspects of the condition the sufferer can gain very effective and permanent relief.
Does drug therapy work?
There are a number of drug treatments which reduce anxiety symptoms. They are commonly over-prescribed for long periods of time and eventually lose their effectiveness. When these drugs are withdrawn, rebound anxiety is common, the drugs only mask the condition and are therefore only usually used short term to get people through a particularly bad patch when anxiety is debilitating. The only long term solution to any anxiety disorder is to learn to reduce obsessive thoughts and behavior, reduce stress and learn strategies to minimize the impact of anxiety reactions. YOU CAN DO IT!
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
CBT is a form of therapy that psychologists use to treat anxiety disorders. It involves setting the sufferer 'logical' exercises to redress the imbalanced anxiety reaction. CBT can take place over 15-25 sessions but usually takes longer. There is no evidence that CBT is affective, even when intense sessions happen over a long period of time.
How does the Charles Linden program work?
The program is designed to address all of the psychological and physical symptoms of the condition. Using practical, understandable techniques and supportive literature the program provides the most powerful combination of resources for long term, lasting results.
What happens during the program?
The program redresses imbalances caused by your anxiety condition. It provides techniques for the relief of panic attacks and the reduction of generalized anxiety. The program can be effective over a very short period of time but must be adhered to in order to speed up the healing process and to have a lasting affect.
How will I know when it is working?
Other people will start to see changes in you at first. Usually your general mood starts to become more positive as the first sign that things are working. As time progresses you become more confident and optimistic and start to experience less severe panic or anxiety. As you start to notice the changes, your improvements start to snowball. Your fresh sense of hope develops into a habit, one that is so vastly different to your old habits!
Is this program scientifically proven?
Yes. All of the elements that make up this complete treatment are recognized treatments for anxiety conditions. The combination of treatments and resources available in this program are unique. There is nothing in this program that is dangerous or produces risk to you.
Why does the program work?
The program is designed to address the various elements of the condition directly, this has the most dramatic affect on both the behavioral and physical elements of the condition.
Will I have to do something I don"t want to do?
No, never. You work at your own, comfortable pace and the program contains no distressing techniques which are sometimes used by therapists.
Can everyone use the program?
Yes, the program is designed for use by people of all ages and gender.
Will the effect of the program last?
It is our experience that the program produces long term affects. By utilizing the tools such as the visualization exercise regularly during and after the program, anxiety levels can be controlled very effectively.
How long will it take to be better?
This varies from person to person, and according to how much effort they put in, there is no hard and fast rule but if the program is adhered to, some relief can come very quickly and life changing improvements usually happen soon after. You are the master of your own destiny; take control!
Can someone have multiple anxiety disorders?
Comorbidity is the name given to the condition present when a person has more than one anxiety condition. The presence of multiple anxiety conditions is common and just as treatable as the presence of one.