Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Anxiety Care and self help

By sheer chance I found an article about self help for (all) phobia sufferers a couple of days ago. I thought it might be of use to Marie and showed it to her. She later told me that it was the best thing she’d ever read (in relation to agoraphobia)! If you want to see it too, click here, and I’d be interested to know your opinion of the contents.

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Tashi said...

Hi Robert. Thanx for the pointer to 'Anxiety Care' and the invitation to comment. I have some comments which I'd like to share in case they're of consolation to any of your readers ...

I've been reading articles like this for 20 years ... always on the search for tips. As the research has gotten better so have the articles, and it shows here.

The Agoraphobia page - I thought their general description of agoraphobia was especially well constructed. Personally, I got a helpful reminder about the obsessive component of some agoraphobias ... I'd forgotten that one, and appreciated the wake-up call.

On the other hand I thought their Introduction was pretty ordinary - condescending even, a bit like an employer trying to motivate a recalcitrant employee. I particularly disliked their proposition that "the condition can deteriorate and life begins to close down." Pffft. For many agoraphobics it is not necessarily "life" that begins to close down. What "fails" may be nothing more than a person's socially conditioned consumer urges. The real loser in that case is the national economy, not the agoraphobic, who may have merely discovered - THROUGH their agoraphobia - that there are more valuable things in life besides those that can be purchased. Personally, I don't think that such a realisation needs to be "cured" at all.

The 'Treatments' they talked about ... well, the authors have apparently been most impressed with the "Cognitive" and "Behavioural" approaches. Both these have certainly been in fashion for awhile (CBT, RET etc) and have yielded some pretty impressive clinical results. So it was a good and fair introduction to the treatments available and was presented in a way that might offer a person in psychological pain some hope. Good stuff. They might have mentioned some of the psychoanalytic therapies ... but hey, ordinary folks can't afford those, so its no big deal.

Overall, if the 'Anxiety Care' article were a university paper and I was asked to mark it, I'd give it a Distinction for good intention and a Credit for execution.

What exactly did Marie enjoy about it all ?

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Coffeecup said...

Reading the article on Panic Disorder I was impressed by how insightful it was. I recognise myself in that description. It advocates graded practise rather than flooding which I agree with. Interesting that it suggested that it may be brain chemistry that sets off 'out of the blue' panics, which actually is not reassuring. The panic sufferer wants to know that they have some control, and the suggestion of a physical cause is scary, can't rewire one's head!

Hurray for this bit! They highlight that the common accusation that we can 'pick and choose' where we are prepared to go is not constructive and utterly misguided, and leads to feelings of inadequacy and failure. This article is ideally suited to carers. It knocks down some myths and misunderstandings, and provides simple advice for everyone involved. I agree with Marie, it's one of the best. Thanks for introducing us to it :-)

I laughed out loud at Tashi's comment! excellent!

Robert said...

Hi tashi

You're welcome to comment here anytime - you don't need an invitation.

Thank you for your insightful and humourous critique on the contents of the Anxiety Care site.

Marie feels that the self-help page of this site fits best with her current attitude to her condition and the types of action that she is using to fight its effects. She liked it so much that she committed it to print & reads it from time to time to reinforce her determination to engage her anxiety (as I'm sure you'll agree, it's not the typical material to read by way of light entertainment).

On a totally different tack, you may be able to help me with a problem. Have you seen "The Linden Method"? If so, would you please email me (see my profile for the address) and I'll explain everything.

Robert said...

Hi Steph -

This is the first article I have seen which has addressed carers - or even mentioned them!

I'm glad you found the item useful. I was wondering if it should try to find a wider audience?

What sometimes bugs me is how there are those who would fleece anxiety sufferers by passing on similar information for large fees. So it's nice to find this information totally free.

Thanks for your (thoughtful as always) comment :)

Tilly said...

Robert - I hope you have a wonderful and happy day for your daughter's wedding - and that it was a day that Marie was able to share in somehow...

Robert said...

Thanks for the comment, Tilly. I think that Marie will actually enjoy the wedding once she can "settle down" at the wedding venue. All we need now is some good weather on the day!

Trish said...

Hi All,

Just happened to come across your site and wanted to thank you all for your positive (& constructive!) comments about the literature on our site - even though they were way back in April!

Thanks again & keep visiting us!

Trish (General Manager)
Anxiety Care