Safeguarding your health & wellbeing, ensuring you get what you need
INTRODUCTION - THIS IS IMPORTANT
Anxiety disorder treatments that have been created out of the necessity to provide a service and NOT from proven, effective science. In fact, proven science has been ignored because it confirms that the most utilized practices don't and can't work.
That's pretty embarrassing for psychology but more than that, it is catastrophic for victims of those practices... people like me who had 20 years or more of his life destroyed by misinformed, selfish and misleading practitioners. Since my recovery I have met tens of thousands like me who have nedured horrendous journeys of malpractice and mistreatment.
Psychology talks of 'evidence based treatments', of which, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is just one; but what is the evidence for its and other therapies' curative effectiveness?
We all presume that 'evidence' means 'proof of effectiveness' but it doesn't, it actually means that they have found (or not looked for) no evidence of failure; but the reason they haven't found evidence for failure isn't because they've had success, it's because they only ask one question in a number of different ways...
The question is "After receiving treatment X, how many people came back for more?"
The truth is that most people don't come back for more because they either don't qualify for more or because the first treatment failed them.
The problem is this... not asking for (or taking) more is used as evidence for effectiveness.
In other words... if you don't want more... you are cured.
Another 'evidence source' is this: If , whilst being forced to wait 8-16 weeks to see a practitioner, the patient goes elsewhere or fails to turn up for the first appointment, OR, if they come for one appointmnet and decide it's making them feel worse... they are cured.
All psychological based practices are based on this type of statistic and not on real evidence provided by people stating "I am cured", which THEY say isn't evidence... according to them, it's hearsay.
This is how practices that have enormously helped people, sometimes over many hundreds or even thousands of years, are wiped out by medicine and psychology.
Just to recap... psychological practice evidence ISN'T people saying that they are long-term cured of their disorder, it is based on "if you don't come to the sessions it means you are cured".
What utter nonsense.
That's why what we do is so respected... we don't provide manipulated statistics, we provide happy faces and real people's stories.
The facts about these, so called, 'evidence based' therapies
These practices, like talking therapy, counselling, hypnotherapy, CBT, tapping, EMDR etc. have been developed...
a) to provide a service that is seen to be 'helping'.
b) to pay the people delivering the service.
c) to create profit.
d) to provide a learning basis for degrees and other qualifications.
e) to ensure that the business model associated with that service is sustainable.
Sustainable = don't cure everyone/anyone
This works well for healthcare providers though because incompetence=low results and as long as they can get patients to trust their word... they can, pretty much, perpetuate the business model ad infinitum.
Like the inherent trust people have for priests, humans are conditioned to trust 'medical people'.
In the 1800's, millions of women died in mental health institutions due to post-natal depression... they trusted their doctors and yet they were misdisgnosed, mistreated and killed by ignorance.
Millions of cases of medical negligence are fought each year... those people trusted their doctors.
The question is this... has anyone cured you yet?
OK, so why do you still trust them to do so?
Are you better or worse than you were when you first seeked help.
If you are taking medication but still feel unwell... why?
People stay in jobs, sufferers get 'served' and the machine works... until NOT curing people results in a massive increase in mental health issues that then increases the demand; demand that those service providers cannot meet.
As we see now in healthcare, the 'business model' has bitten them in the behind.
What worked when fewer suffered, no longer works and sufferers are being neglected, misdiagnosed and abused... all because 'curing people' didn't make financial sense previously.
Now there's a crisis because service providers can't handle the pressure they have put themselves under.
They perpetuated an epidemic... and now they can't handle the numbers.
Too many people have developed these disorders due to so many factors involved with human physical and social evolution.
Patients know they're not recovering, but there is always that hope that the 'professional' will 'pull the rabbit out of the hat'.
Humans don't seem to learn from experience when it comes to healthcare.
The reasons so many suffer from anxiety disorders are...
b) Commercial bias
c) Protection of reputation despite the two above
d) Straining healthcare resources due to poor recovery rates
e) Incorrect training and lack of real knowledge
f) Lack of experience as a sufferer or as the curer of sufferers
It certainly isn't because recovery isn't impossible, despite what they might tell you.
Ask the practitioners you now see for REAL evidence; testimonials, reviews and statements from patients they have cured.
I bet you won't get to see any... if you do, it might be a handful. If you see some, calculate the percentage of people they see to those they have evidence of curing. Then look here
There is a cure... unfortunately, general healthcare neither knows how to create recovery, nor wishes to 'lose face' by admitting they are so catastrophically wrong... and they will do ANYTHING to prevent people finding out.
(If any psychologists reading this would like a live video debate with me on this subject... contact Jo Goodchild at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can spend some time throwing jargon at me and we will see what happens. Just don't try and bamboozle me with psycho-babble... the proof of the pudding is always in the eating not the cost of the ingredients.)
So what CAN'T WORK and what prevents true recovery?
1. Any form of therapy based on cognitive practice
It's simple. Emotional responses have NOTHING to do with conscious thought. Neurologically you CANNOT change thoughts in order to influence emotional responses. Suggesting that it is possible is similar to saying that you can lose weight by imagining yourself thin.
Just going to the sessions and practising what you are told to do WILL reinforce your anxiety, phobias, obsessions and compulsions. The advice provided in this type of therapy is monumentally counter-productive and damaging to the recovery process. At best it will hold you in anxiety. At worst, it will increase your anxiety. Avoid any process that involves the word 'cognitive'.
2. Any form of 'talking therapy' or counselling
As stated above. The very last thing your mind needs is to talk about how you feel. The neurology created by doing so is based on "I am talking about it, therefore I must maintain it". Reassurance may feel 'nice' but it is massively counter-productive and will prevent or damage recovery. Avoid any therapy that is analytical or involves exercise like rating your anxiety or exposure therapy.
3. Hypnosis or hypnotherapy
Hypnosis cannot reach the neurology responsible for creating emotional responses and modify them to correct your anxiety disorder.
It is a physical impossibility. Believing that hypnosis can cure you is assuming the exact same incorrect science that would tell you that hypnosis can increase your height, improve your intellect or make a amputated limb regrow... it is scientific nonsense.
4. Tapping or EFT
There is ZERO evidence that tapping works. The concept is complete and utter nonsense. Tapping to relieve anything at all is similar to suggesting that clapping can cure the flu. Any psychophysiologist or neurologist will tell you that tapping is as effective as whistling.
If it has any benefits they are, at best, as a placebo. There is ZERO scientific data that this works and when you consider the process, it's actually laughable.
5. NLP - Neurolinguistic Programming
NLP has merits, but not in healthcare or recovery. The process is based on a way to manipulate language in order to produce higher level impact. In other words, it's a pursuasion tool. It cannot change your autonomic nervous system's preset and fixed neurological responses.
6. Meditation or mindflulness
DANGER - Mindflulness and meditation has caused, worsened and perpetuated anxiety disorders since the day it became 'trendy'.
The biggest problem in mental health recovery over recent years has been caused by mindlfulness. Neurologically the LAST thing needed by anxiety sufferers is to become mindfull. Anxiety CAUSES negative mindfulness so adding more mindfullness can only lead to one thing... more anxiety! It's like practising being anxious.
6. Medication, alternative therapies and 'suppliments'
Chemical imbalance is not responsible for the creation of anxiety disorders. You cannot correct an anxiety disorder by taking ANY substance. Neurologically, it would be akin to taking substances to cure happiness... it's a nonsense.
a) It cannot work neurologically.
b) It will only give rise to chemical disequilibrium which can bring on other 'symptoms'.
c) It will inhibit true recovery by protecting your mind from natural recovery.
It doesn't matter whether you take a vitamin, herb or strong pharmaceutical preparations... even herbal teas... they will not and can not cure your disorder and can, potentially, cause more issues than they can repair.
7. Online or offline groups, charity resources, chat rooms & forums
Some of you will be screaming
"but Charles I feel so alone without it"
"the people are really nice and kind"
"I feel better when I use them"
"it makes me feel less alone"
... and I GET all that completely BUT, I deal in science and these are the facts...
a) as stated above, talking about and focusing on your anxiety is practising being anxious
b) these places breed anxiety because all that the members do is talk about how bad they feel
c) many are run by sufferers for sufferers... what can they possibly know about recovery?
d) many are set up to distribute false information in order to manage people and their conditions
e) the people in there, mostly, are misinformed, uneducated, misguided and anxious, do you really want to be led by other sufferers?
What do chat rooms, groups and charities want? MEMBERS. What do they NOT want? RECOVERY OF MEMBERS
What do you want? Fast, simple transformation - You want to stop your anxiety and get on with life!
Do you really want to belong to groups that sit around discussing the very thing you want to escape from? No of course not.
When fast and permanent recovery is so simple and so possible, why perpetuate suffering by wallowing with other sufferers in self-pity, a negative environment, a place where you only feel safe because everyone else is like you, not because you actually feel safe in reality.
Anyone who states 'well I am nearly cured, so I can help you' is delusional.
You can't be 'nearly cured' of a systemic condition... you either ARE cured or you are not. Because recovery is so fast, when you know how, anyone who claims they are nearly cured, both isn't, nor do they know how to... clearly, if they did, they'd be cured! It's just common sense.
Here's a real life example (from millions)
Today I read something on one 'official' website that provides services for OCD - I won't say which one because they don't respond well to people correcting or criticising them, in fact, they threaten you if you dare offer recovery!
It stated... "OCD causes anxiety. Often, OCD causes the patient to feel anxious."
What 'facts' did you gain from that nugget of nonsense?
I suspect that you learned that a person who experiences OCD (which THEY say is a chronic mental health ILLNESS) can also experience anxiety...
OK... here's the science... verified neurological science.... (that these organisations CHOOSE to ignore)
OCD CANNOT EXIST IN THE ABSENCE OF AN ANXIETY DISORDER... OCD DOES NOT CAUSE ANXIETY... IT IS A SYMPTOM OF ANXIETY
So, everyone who has read their misguided nonsense THINKS they are mentally ill, thinks they get anxious because they are mentally ill and believes that there is no cure... because that is exactly what that website tells them.
How these people sleep at night is beyond me... it can only be that they are making money from suffering... what other justification can it be? Ignorance? Is anyone THAT stupid? From the drivel posted, it seems that they are.... or are they?
If you saw the lifestyle their 'organisation' affords them... perhaps they aren't so giving after all... or stupid! Perhaps perpetuating suffering serves a purpose.
It's so simple!
OCD is a symptom of a FEAR disorder... without anxiety, you CANNOT suffer with OCD (panic, phobias, obsessions, eating disorders, self-harming etc).
Can they be CURED? YES, absolutely... 100%.
Are these mental illnesses? No, of course not, there's no illness involved.
By spreading nonsense, those organisations maintain their memberships. They maintain businesses. They maintain their own egos. They DO NOT promote recovery. Why? Because doing so, as I said earlier, would ruin their business models.
Like I said, these organisations are run by people who still suffer; claiming that they are 'nearly cured' demonstrates the catastrophic lack of knowledge these people have. You can't be nearly cured any more than you can be nearly fit or nearly diabetic... you either are or you're not. If someone isn't anxiety disorder free it's because they don't know how to be, not because they are 'working on it'.
Don't be led by the blind, be led by the recovered - only they know the fastest and most effective pathway to recovery.
Psychology and medicine have been developed as businesses, carefully balancing the books to create profit from helping people just enough to keep them alive and on the hook, but not quite enough to cure them.
Michelin will never sell a tyre that doesn't wear.
Without this commercially biased practice model, health services wouldn't exist. It's nice to believe that everyone works for free but it's unrealistic to believe that.
That is NOT to say that all people within healthcare are conspiring against you; but businesses rely on demand, so creating demand is part of the process.
At a high level, services are provided and controlled by financial specialists, not clinical ones. This is why people who have the resources turn to private healthcare.
Sometimes it becomes unprofitable to provide services to 'high cost' people, so decisions are made around what investment health services are prepared to make in their patients' health.
Sufferers fall victim to ignorance and decisions based on economic factors and no profit, not health or recovery.
Many doctors call anxiety sufferers 'heart sink' patients. Why?
Because when they walk into their treatment rooms, the doctor's heart sinks.
Whilst some of them may wish to help their patients, they know that anything they can offer will probably fail. This is why so many people suffer... tens of millions.
They also refer to anxious people as 'frequent flyers', which, in a very condescending way, refers to the fact that they visit the doctor massively more than they should and utilise medical resources far too much. They state openly that mental health services can't 'cope' but all they do is plough more money into what isn't working.
If a house is crumbling at its foundations, why would you keep repainting it over and over again at great expense?
They don't provide what sufferers want or need
But what they miss is the fact that anxious people don't want to go to their doctor time after time... they want to go ONCE and be cured.
because doctors can't cure them; they have to accept that, as people in a position of medical authority, they will be visited time after time by anxious people desperate for a solution... the last thing the doctor wants to admit to is incompetence.
A doctor or psychologist might say that a patient is incurable to disguise their incompetence. They may state that anxiety disorders cannot be cured because anxiety is a natural and expected emotion, however, whatever their justification for failing to provide relief... it's wrong. You can recover.
I was told today, for possibly a thousandth time, about a young lady who was just yesterday told by her new psychiatrist, that OCD is incurable and at best, she would be having at least one session of CBT a week for the rest of her life... is that scientific fact?
NO... it's a lie, a lie created due either to complete incompetence or to financial bias. Shame on that practitioner!
You wont find evidence for real recovery like this elsewhere