Although an ‘anxiety cure’ is not possible or desirable, new, more appropriate patterns and associations can replace unhelpful ones, leading to an effective cure for panic attacks..
There is plenty of reason for hope With a combined approach of thinking strategies, relaxation and visualisation techniques, knowledge and lifestyle alterations, even the most severe of panic and anxiety disorders can be cured.
Anxiety is a permanent ability that can get out of hand, particularly in today’s complex and highly stimulating environments.
Safety in the modern world
If you’re thinking, ‘Well what does this have to do with my life today?’ then you’re right. This heritage has left us with the ability to be scared, to scan our environment for danger and to panic. The important thing to realise is that this ability can be used habitually and inappropriately.
A permanent ‘problem’ needs a long-term solution
Drugs are a short-term, ‘quick fix’. What we need is the ability to use our anxiety well. We need to become a little bit anxious when we are going to do a presentation. We need to be able to become a little bit anxious in unfamiliar surroundings. We need to be able to panic if attacked and we need to be able to relax when anxiety is unnecessary.