I got this testimonial yesterday. I thought it would be a good example to share with you of how your whole view of things changes as you go through the Panic Pit Stop Program. You might start in a dark, really negative place but that changes as you work through the Program. But like it says in the testimonial, you have to put some effort in as well. But just think of the reward. Because you follow me and take an interest in your own psychology please take a moment and read this account. You can crack the code.
Panic Pitstop Course
Having suffered from anxiety and depression throughout my adult life, and having received substantial amounts of therapy in the past, I found that working through the course material was genuinely life-changing. For the first time, I feel that I understand what stress, anxiety and worry actually are and what causes me to feel anxious and depressed. More importantly, the course has given me some practical tools, techniques and exercises which have helped to significantly improve my mental health. I just wish I had taken the course 30 years ago!
If you are reading this whilst feeling the world, viewed through the lens of your anxiety and depression is a very dark place indeed, I would give the following advice (with the caveat that I am not a psychologist, just an ordinary person who has suffered from long-term mental health issues and is sharing with you my opinions based on my experiences):
1. Recognise that you are in a bad place and that you can’t really trust your feelings at this time. Your feelings are not facts and you need to use the logical part of your mind as much as possible, however terrible you may be feeling, until your feelings re-align with reality (which is what this course will help you do)
2. Trust the science – the vast majority of people with anxiety and depression will make a substantial recovery – especially if they follow a scientifically proven treatment plan (and you’re in the right place as Dr Purves’s material is among the best there is)
3. The good news is that you will almost certainly get better – the bad news is that there is no magic wand and it won’t happen overnight, Be prepared for some tough weeks and take it day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. It took me 3-4 weeks before I felt significantly better, 12 weeks before I was approaching normal.
4. Don’t beat yourself up! Mental illness is just as real as physical illness (Doctors can measure the levels of chemicals that cause depression and anxiety) – if you had anaemia due to a deficiency of iron you wouldn’t blame yourself, you’d do something about it and get medical help and treatment. It should be the same for a mental illness.
5. Get all the help you can. See a doctor and get signed off work if you’re at that stage where that’s necessary (again don’t beat yourself – the chances are you will be back at work in a few weeks, feeling massively better). If the doctor suggests anti-depressants, I would take them (Dr Purves might not agree with me on this one). However, these are only a short-term solution and the long-term solution is the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
6. Work hard at the course – if you had a physical illness that caused you to feel as rotten as you do now and a doctor told you that there was a physical therapy that would take about 30 minutes a day with a 90% + chance of seeing a substantial improvement, you’d bite the doctor’s hand off to start the therapy – treat this course in the same way.