We attract what we fear. When we let the fear of something consume our lives, we meditate on it 24/7. We start behaving in ways that further affirm those fears and it grows and grows until we have this disorder sitting in our laps.
I found that in the height of my anxiety, something small could come up and I would give it the same attention that I would give to all my other scary symptoms - I would give it everything I had. I found that I was so quick to discredit sound thinking and the positives of the day and magnify anything negative, or any possibility of anything negative until my every second was spent on this new symptom.
One question I started asking myself was this, "Was it a bad day, or a bad 5 minutes?" When I got to thinking about it, a lot of the time, it was a bad five minutes that I dwelt on the whole day. That's a lot of days wasted! So, I began to train my thoughts to be positive. I began to think and dwell on all that's good. On all the things that could go right, even when I felt terrible, I just kept believing this was the way out, and that its not a reset, but a bump in the road. I kept believing and kept believing and praying and I started to feel moments that I hadn't felt in 4 years. I would cling to those moments and trust God with all my heart and not on my own understanding, I believed that this would all end, day after day. I'm so happy lately and feel free for the first time in so long. I had lost three jobs and a marriage from this and had to move back in with my parents. I was a worst case scenario and I'm on the other side and I know that you will be too!
Practice starting now, anytime you find yourself thinking a negative thought, kick it out. I would visualize a black chalkboard and chalk dust "poofing" the thought away, but whatever works for you. Start entertaining what your dreams are. Where do you want to be? What do you want to do? VISUALIZE yourself at the top. That's where you're meant to be! That's where you will be! WINNER!