In this series of blogs titled, “I am sick of it”, I am going to explore the positive responses we can have to things in our life we are “sick of”. In this blog I am going to explore the idea of compassion and ways it can be helpful. I want you to imagine you […]
Hi my name is Dean Smith and I want to thank you for visiting my website and hope you find what you are looking for. In this website I have included everything that I have found useful in stopping FEARS, ANXIETIES and PANIC from ruining my life. I hope you find this material as valuable as I have and my clients do.
First it might be helpful to give you a little bit of information about myself and my personal / professional experience with fear, anxiety and panic so you can get a better idea about where I am coming from.
I actually have a very clear memory of the moment I realized I desperately needed to do something about my issues with anxiety. Are you there yet? I was in my early twenties and had just finished a degree in psychology, in an attempt to follow my goal and passion of becoming a psychologist and helping others.
This should have been a really positive moment in my life, and although I was proud of myself, at the same time I was gripped by fear, anxiety, panic and doubt. Formally I was suffering from what is called Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia. How could I continue following my dream? Unless I found a way to stop these conditions ruining my life, I was never going to achieve my goal.
I had the piece of paper telling me I could work as a psychologist but my anxieties were so debilitating that I could not function socially. For example I literally could not talk to people, or use the telephone. I had problems with insomnia, muscle pain, headaches, fatigue and negative coping strategies.
How was I going to practice as a psychologist with such debilitating anxieties and a total lack of confidence?
That moment was the start of a twenty year search to discover what works when treating fear, anxiety and panic. The material covered in my book and on this website is the culmination of my search so far.