This is probably one of the questions that you ask yourself frequently when you are in the midst of anxiety. When your thoughts are heading south fast you will likely think that you are the only person that will not recover. You will think that you are the only person that will feel like this forever?
Will I ever recover?
Will I ever move forward with my life?
Can I ever get rid of Generalised Anxiety Disorder?
Can anxiety/panic attacks be cured?
These are the thoughts that will run through your head most of the time. In your current frame of mind you will convince yourself that the answer is no.
The reason I know this is because I felt like that too and I also had these thoughts. I remember reading stories from people online that had recovered and thinking that will never be me.
I didn’t realise at the time I was having the same thoughts that every person who suffers from anxiety has. This includes every person that has ever suffered and recovered from anxiety. An anxious mind that constantly worries, analyses and sees everything as a catastrophe is not going to think rationally about recovery. You are not alone in thinking this.
I did not know it at the time but anxiety was a blessing to me, it was a wake-up call and one that would lead me not only to recover but to far better place.
So the answer is yes, even when you think it is not possible you can and will recover.
Might not be what you want to hear but it is the truth.
There is only one way that you can fully recover from anxiety and even depression in your life. That is to take control of your own health and happiness. When you understand that there is not an unexplainable reason why you feel like you do.
If you choose to believe that there is some chemical or biological reason that is out with your control then it is difficult to ever fully recover. That does not mean that you cannot manage the symptoms because you can through a variety of means.
However in my opinion a full recovery is not purely managing the symptoms as and when they occur. Living in fear that the unknown cause may resurface at anytime in life is also not my idea of a full recovery.
When you live in fear you will continue to adapt and change the way you do things. You will always have the fear that something outside of yourself can cause you to feel that way. This is what happens when we lean or rely on anyone outside of ourselves.
We may have to do this in the short-term if our symptoms have got very bad and we feel like we have no alternative. This is not the longer-term solution though.
I did not like the feeling of relying on anything or anyone to manage my life so I made a decision even in the height of my anxiety to cure myself. I was not satisfied to give away my power or control to anyone. This is effectively what many of us do when we are at breaking point.
I didn’t know it at the time but that decision is what allowed me to make a FULL recovery. You do not need anything or anyone else to recover. That does not mean that you cannot have the support of many wonderful teachers. But you do not need to become dependent on anything.
When you accept this responsibility you will be on the road to a full recovery.
The good news is that not only will you recover you will grow in strength and self confidence. You will find that you start to heal other areas in your life.
You will have an internal strength that not everyone else has and you will find that will change your life forever.
So in conclusion, yes when you learn to listen and trust yourself you WILL recover.