Anxiety is a Liar and These Are Just the Facts

The only way you can fail....is if you give up.

Anxiety cannot win....unless you give up.

You've come so far....it's impossible to give up.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Did you just have a setback?  Setbacks are no fun and they make you question whether therapy is working, but let's get rational and think about this:

A setback means you've made progress -- otherwise, how could you have a setback?

You know you're getting better when you can take a "setback" and turn it into a victory.

Anxiety cannot win the battle as long as you are persistent and determined.

You have made more progress than you think.  Your brains' processing of these small steps always lapses behind your perception of them.

While you're in cognitive-behavioral therapy, look at your progress in three-week blocks.  At each three week milepost, you will be able to see tangible results if you've been persistent with the therapy.

No one ever thinks they make enough progress, and everyone thinks they are the "worst" case of anxiety in the world.  (Maybe this is an over-exaggeration again?)

This situation you're going through is not a life-and-death situation.

So, take it easy, relax, loosen up your muscles, drool a little in public.  :D

The world will not end because of your perceived embarrassments.

Yesterday is gone and will never come back.  Today is a new day, a new life.  Does it have to be miserable too?

Don't take life so seriously.

Humor cannot exist simultaneously with anxiety.  (Laugh and laugh more!)

The power of humor is great.  When we can laugh at ourselves -- not put ourselves down -- we have made a tremendous amount of progress.

Stick with it, keep going.  There is no way to fail if you are consistent, persistent, and patient.  You WILL overcome your anxiety!

Our History and Our Mission

The Anxiety Network began in 1995 due to growing demand from people around the world wanting help in understanding and overcoming their anxiety disorder.  The Anxiety and Stress Clinic and its website, The Anxiety Network, received so much traffic and requests for help that we found ourselves spending the majority of our time in international communication and outreach.  Our in-person anxiety clinic has grown tremendously, and our principal internet tool, The Anxiety Network, has been re-written and re-designed with focus on the major anxiety disorders.  

The Anxiety Network  focuses on three of the major anxiety disorders:  panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder,  and social anxiety disorder.

In 1997, The Social Anxiety Association, a non-profit organization, was formed and has its own website.

The Social Anxiety Institute, the largest site on the internet for information and treatment of social anxiety, has maintained an active website since 1998.  Continuous, ongoing therapy groups have helped hundreds of people overcome social anxiety since 1994.  Major changes in design will be occurring in 2014.

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