Anxiety and Fear

Anxiety and Fear

Is Anxiety a Disease?

If It Isn’t, Can You Overcome It?

Anxiety has been mislabeled a disease! That anxiety can hold measurable physilogical responses most certainly does not make it a medical condition. What is being tracked are neurological processes activated when any part of the nervous system perceives danger, real or imagined, consciously or subconsciously. Perceptions and signals cannot be a disease. But they can be misinterpreted and most certainly be overwhelming.

Labeling anxiety as a medical condition forces treatment to heavily lean on medications. While at times they may be helpful, numerous studies (*) find anxiety medications to be no more effective than placebo’s.

How is that possible? Because anxiety is not a disease and while medication can change the reactions of neurotransmitters, it does not change the persons ability to cope and respond to stress more effectively.

If Anxiety is to stop, what needs to change?

What needs to occur is a means of being able to actually address and work through stressors, sensitivities, ineffective life style choices and other underlining issues supporting anxiety. Since many with anxiety have become adept at using distractions, will power or plain out ignoring discomfort, the idea that underlining issues exist is often foreign to them. They want change to happen under their control and within their comfort zone. But real change begins by changing aspects of oneself and how one processes life challenges.

It’s a well know fact that how one perceives danger is for the most part a subconscious process. How our neurology interprets stress and danger is also down outside conscious awareness. Luckily these interpretations can be changed.

Those born with certain sensitivities are particularly prone to misinterpret neurological signals. Some experience stressful life events and may never have learned how to adequately process the signals of pain or fear associated to them. These events are not always be remembered, since the subconscious mind can bury painful memories. But it may not forget the discomfort associated to the events.

Most people realize that intense emotions state will override or disrupt their normal thought processes. In those states of minds, emotions distort the minds ability to find useful solutions or effectively take action.

Misconceptions many do not want to hear

  • You can’t hide from fear. It’s a neurology process. Trying to avoid, ignore, push away or run from emotional responses created from within will eventually produce unwanted consequences
  • Will power on it’s own is an ineffective means to deal with intense irrational or unwarranted fears. The minds frontal cortex region will not overpower the rest of the nervous system after a certain thresholds of discomfort have been met.
  • Doing nothing, changes nothing. Waiting prolongs the fear.
  • While medication can minimize the symptoms, they will not remove or help a person to better cope with the real issues at hand.


Those fighting these concepts too often get trapped on an emotional roller coaster ride. They get into the rut of reacting and for many it becomes a life style.

Not all anxieties or fears are alike.

Anxiety and FearFears cover a broad spectrum of cognitive, emotional and neurological signals and symptoms. Phobias are fears revolving around a particular object or subject matter. Panic attacks are sudden neurological reaction to a known or unknown source. There are fears of the unknown, of ridicule, of making mistakes, of being mislead, of trying something new, even changing, any of which can create self esteem issues or social anxieties. Unfortunately some fears keep those in need of assistance from reaching out for help. The fears stops them from taking the first step leading to the process of change.

Find Solutions to Overcome Anxiety

Work with someone who knows how the mind and body interact, how neurological processes support or diminish the quality of life. This is particularly true for more challenging anxiety disorders such as OCD. Find a counseling service that fully respects your personal sensitivities and desires.

At Designed Thinking, we help our client’s comfortably address the real issues creating their fears and anxieties. In the end, they are more able to effectively process their thoughts and emotions. They feel a greater capability to cope with situations that in the past might have created anxiety

It is not just about changing your mind, it’s about changing the way your mind processes and associates fear. At Designed Thinking, our client’s experience a shift of focus, a restructuring of priorities, releasing old stuck patterns, allowing them the means of creating effective choice to better respond to situations and relationships. Call our toll free number 866-718-9995 and see how you can change.


Carlat psychiatry-  The Placebo Effect: It Just Gets Better and Better

BBC News - Dummy drugs ‘can relieve anxiety’


  1. My mom beat me all through my early childhood. She would use whips, shoes, sandals or would send me out to find a thin branch to use as a whip. I was not a “bad” child, I was actually an A student. Teachers loved me for my extraordinary well behave manner and my kindness. My younger sister started beating me too, of course that used to upset mom and we both would get it for “fighting”. My dad was a wife beater, never around, having affairs left and right. When we moved to the US, she stopped beating me and my sisters and became more of a psychological abuser. Of course we had to hear in details of my dad’s affairs and how we were responsible for my mom having to stay in such crappy marriage. If it wasn’t for us she would have been happy, if it wasn’t for us my dad would not have cheated on her, if it wasn’t because I was born a girl instead of a boy , he would not have impregnated someone else. Now I live with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, no relationship with my sisters ( according to mom, you can’t trust another female). I only became aware the all that abuse is responsible for all my symptoms a few months ago. I feel a lot of anger, sadness….I feel like an unwanted child.

    • It would be hard for anyone to feel wanted in that type of upbringing. It sounds as if your mom has difficulty interacting with the world and you got the brunt of her unhappiness.
      Unfortunately our nervous system learns how to respond, react and adapt early on and everyone does the best they can. You were not given any choices growing up and had no effective role model, You learned to retreat, your sisters learned to attack.
      The anger you feel should not be surprizing, there is a lot of unexpressed pain that is trying to to find a way out. Again you have not learned to effectively express and resolve these past events, so they keep getting triggered whenever part of your subconscious senses hurt or lack of fairness.
      You have not mentioned what you have done to help yourself get past these dramas. Are you working with someone. With the type of scars you carry, it would be helpful to give your emotions alternative ways of processing discomfort and giving yourself some different perspectives to see the world. Also your self esteem and self support could use a lift.
      The alternative is you stay medicated or in constant anxiety for the rest of your life. Find someone in your area who you feel understands your situation. If you can’t find anyone, call Designed Thinking after the new year – 866-718-9995
      Good luck

  2. Interesting take, but most doctors think anxiety is an illness, so maybe this is all bullshit and hopeful thinking on your part. Fact, there are studies that conclude anxiety is a disease, you can’t refute that

    • Denise you have the perception many people have come to believe and we all know that majority opinions can’t be wrong. Fact: there are studies that conclude anxiety is an illness. Fact: conclusions are not scientific fact, just an educated opinions from a certain perspective. Fact: there are studies that conclude anxiety is not a disease. Fact: the majority of doctors believe anxiety is psychological reaction, not a physical illness. Fact: people will believe what they want to believe, regardless of the facts.
      The article is meant to give alternative solutions to a common misconception and I am glad it provoked your thoughts and got you to respond

  3. Anxiety attacks are uncomfortable, unpleasant, and unhealthy. Some natural ways of dealing with your excessive emotion without subjecting the body to different negative side effects are exercise. It improves the health of the body and mind. Good sleep and a healthy diet can also help.


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