Chapter

Conclusion

Panic and anxiety disorders are incredibly common.  In fact, a significant portion of the United States adult population suffers from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.  It is important for sufferers to realize that they are not alone.

It is my hope that this book has helped to answer your questions about anxiety and panic disorder.  There are so many things that are important for sufferers and their loved ones to know that doctor’s just don’t seem to share.  When you have the best resources and all of the best information, it can be much easier to find a treatment that will be effective to you.

It is important to keep in mind that medication, which sometimes necessary for short term treatment of anxiety that is crippling or that leaves someone at risk of harming themselves or others, can be a risky treatment for long term anxiety.  Studies have proven that cognitive behavioral therapy offers a greater chance of recovery and symptom reduction without the risks of side effects and dependency.  We live in a society where it seems that everyone wants to push drugs as some sort of miracle cure when in truth no such miracle exists.

There are a number of different anxiety disorders, and in some cases, patients can exhibit symptoms of more than one disorder at a time.  Obtaining a proper diagnosis can be further complicated by depression and other mental and physical health issues.  If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of anxiety, but your doctor doesn’t seem willing to provide you a diagnosis so that you can get the treatment that you need, speak to someone new.  Anxiety is a very treatable condition, but first you need to find someone who can offer you the treatment that you require.

Treating anxiety and panic is about a number of things.  Therapy is a very important element of your recovery, but so is having a strong support system and finding coping techniques that you can employ at home.  You also have to be willing to practice therapeutic techniques whenever you experience symptoms so that these methods can be as effective as possible.

Anxiety doesn’t have to be disabling and it doesn’t have to control your life.  It is my hope that you will use the information learned within these pages to help you get the help that you deserve.  At the end of this book, you will find an appendix of resources that can help you find more information on panic and anxiety disorders as well as where you can turn in your state or online for the help you need.

 

Resources

 

In this appendix, you will find an array of websites that can offer you more information on anxiety and panic disorders as well as resources that can help you find help and support both online and where you live and books that can offer more information.

 

Learning More About Anxiety and Treatment

 

Information on Anxiety

 

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America

http://www.adaa.org/

 

The National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness

http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=anxiety_disorders

 

WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-anxiety-disorders

 

The Office of the Surgeon General

http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/chapter4/sec2.html

 

The Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/anxiety/DS01187/DSECTION=symptoms

 

General Anxiety Disorder

 

National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad/index.shtml

 

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/generalized-anxiety-disorder/DS00502

 

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Disorder

 

The Social Anxiety Association

http://www.socialphobia.org/

 

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/social-anxiety-disorder/DS00595

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml

 

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/obsessive-compulsive-disorder/DS00189/DSECTION=symptoms

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

 

PTSD Alliance

http://www.ptsdalliance.org/

 

Acute Stress Disorder

 

National Center for PTSD

http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/acute-stress-disorder.asp

 

Agoraphobia

 

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/agoraphobia/DS00894

 

Specific Phobia

 

National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/specific-phobias.shtml

 

WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/specific-phobias

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

 

National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/panic-disorder/index.shtml

 

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/panic-attacks/DS00338

 

Anxiety in Children

 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/children

 

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

http://aacap.org/page.ww?name=The+Anxious+Child&section=Facts+for+Families

 

Anxiety in the Elderly

 

WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/20061101/anxiety-missed-elderly

 

Health Central

http://www.healthcentral.com/anxiety/understanding-anxiety-279218-5.html

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

 

Anxiety Network

http://www.anxietynetwork.com/hcbt.html

 

Health Central

http://www.healthcentral.com/anxiety/c/1950/17898/10-reasons-cbt

 

Brain Physics

http://www.brainphysics.com/anxiety-therapy.php

 

Interoceptive Exposure

 

About.com

http://ptsd.about.com/od/glossary/g/interoceptive.htm

 

Relaxation Techniques

 

Healthy Place

http://www.healthyplace.com/anxiety-panic/anxiety-self-help/relaxation-techniques-for-relief-of-anxiety-and-stress/menu-id-1216/

 

WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/20061101/best-ways-to-ease-anxiety-disorders

 

Diet and Exercise

 

LiveStrong

http://www.livestrong.com/article/238386-diet-exercise-anxiety/

 

PsychCentral

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/02/24/exercise-helps-to-reduce-anxiety/11681.html

 

Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/coping-with-anxiety/AN01589

 

Finding Therapists and Support Groups Near You

 

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

https://community.adaa.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=adaa&WebKey=ce66a0ec-3e19-437d-836b-f180fcdf6814

 

Find a Therapist

http://www.find-a-therapist.com/

 

Psychology Today

http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

 

American Psychological Association

http://locator.apa.org/

 

GoodTherapy

http://www.goodtherapy.org/

 

TherapyTribe

http://www.therapytribe.com/

 

FindCounseling

http://www.findcounseling.com/

Anxiety Disorders of America Support Groups

http://www.adaa.org/supportgroups

 

Online Counseling, Support Groups, and Forums

 

AnxietyZone (forums for an array of disorders)

http://www.anxietyzone.com/

 

AnxietyHelp

http://www.anxietyhelp.org/forum/index.php

 

Yahoo Anxiety Support Groups

http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=anxiety

 

WebMD

http://exchanges.webmd.com/anxiety-and-panic-disorders-exchange

 

Daily Strength

http://www.dailystrength.org/c/Anxiety/support-group

 

Find the Light

http://www.findthelight.net/

 

Therapy 24/7

http://www.therapy247.com/home/

 

iTherapy

http://www.itherapy.com/

 

Social Anxiety Forums

http://www.socialanxietyforums.com/

 

PsychCentral

http://forums.psychcentral.com/?Cat=&Board=depression

 

Anxiety Journey (Forum on natural and alternative treatments)

http://www.anxietypanicattack.com/forum/index.php

 

 

Books

 

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne

 

The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety by William J Knaus

 

Anxiety and Its Disorders by David H. Barlow

 

Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective by Aaron Beck, PhD, Gary Emery, and Ruth Greenberg

 

Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders by David A Clark PhD and Aaron Beck MD

 

What You Must Think of Me: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager’s Experience with Social Anxiety Disorder by Emily Ford, Michael Liebowitz, and Linda Wasmer Andrews

 

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents by Wendy Silverman and Andrew Field

 

If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder by Edna B.Foa and Linda Wasmer Andrews

 

Mood Disorders in Later Life by James M Elison, Helen H Kyomen, and Sumer Verma

 

Phone Numbers

 

Alcohol and Drug Help Line

1-800-821-4357

 

Covenant House Nineline (help for youth and parents)

1-800-999-9999

 

Kid Help (immediate help for kids and teens with mental health crises)

1-800-543-7283

 

NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

1-800-950-NAMI

 

National Mental Health Association (free info on anxiety and other disorders)

1-800-969-6642

 

National Institute of Mental Health (Info and literature on mental illness)

1-800-647-2642

 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (for anyone in crisis or emotional distress)

1-800-273-TALK

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