Overcoming Panic and Anxiety

Overcoming Panic and Anxiety: A new online therapy program for overcoming panic and anxiety

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About the Therapy

Our goal is to help you stop panic attacks and the anxiety that surrounds them. We want to provide you with the exact same therapy you’d receive in our anxiety clinic, so that you can effectively and permanently overcome panic and anxiety. In the series, we’ll use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a calming, structured, and solution-oriented therapy that has been shown by research to work best for all the anxiety disorders.

This online audio series is almost finished and will be available by late August/early September 2019.  Submit your email (above) for notification.

What is Panic?

A panic attack can only be described as a comprehensive emotional nightmare. It typically comes from out of the blue. Excessive stress and other negative life conditions can make the attacks worse. In the United States alone, close to 3% of the population meets the clinical definition for panic disorder. While a typical panic attack lasts between five to ten minutes, it has been shown that some attacks recur frequently, even waking the person up at night with vivid nightmares.

The aftermath of these attacks can be very painful. Feelings of depression and helplessness are usually experienced, but the greatest fear is that the panic attack will come back again. It is the fear of further panic attacks that may lead a person to become agoraphobic, or afraid to leave a place they consider safe, such as their own home.

More information on panic disorder here.

Dr. Thomas A. Richards suffered from an anxiety disorder himself for forty years before discovering how to overcome it. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees during this time. Dr. Richards founded the Anxiety Clinic of Arizona in 1994 and the Social Anxiety Institute in 1999. The therapy the clinics provide is based on the agreement of thousands of journal and research articles showing that active cognitive behavioral treatment offers the best results for anxiety disorders. Dr. Richards has been able to add his own story into the treatment programs, thus strengthening and enhancing it. Today, he is assisted by Matthew Whitley.


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 much 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 three 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 now 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.  

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