The sensations of doom or dread or panic felt by sufferers are truly overwhelming.

Otherwise high-functioning people are frantic to escape anxiety. The sensations of anxiety are the same that a person would feel if the worst really were happening. It’s understandable that a physician would suggest medication that gives quick symptomatic relief. What patients don’t know when they start taking meds is the cost of relying solely on pills: they’ll never learn some basic methods that often can control or eliminate their symptoms without meds. The right psychotherapy, which teaches them to control their own anxiety, will offer relief from anxiety in a matter of weeks- about the same amount of time it takes for an SSRI to become effective.
Of course, therapists know that underlying psychological causes or triggers for anxiety, such as those stemming from trauma, aren’t the target of management techniques; they require longer-term psychotherapy. However, anxiety management techniques can offer relief, and offer it very speedily.
The unpleasant symptoms most likely to be helped by medication are the very ones that anxiety-management techniques are intended to correct. They fall into three typical clusters:

1) Distressing physical arousal

2) Tension, stress, and dread

3) The mental anguish of rumination

Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D., author of
Stress Solutions: Effective Strategies to Eliminate Your Stress


"People are motivated by fear, but they

are not inspired by it. Everything that

inspires us comes from love."

Lance Secretan