Fear, Anxiety and Panic: Exploring & Discovering Their Wisdomby Dean Smith
I am a thirty-two-year-old school teacher and have suffered from agoraphobia, panicattacks, and generalised anxiety for the past twenty years. Over the years, I have soughthelp from many psychiatrists, psychologists, general practioners, hypnotherapists, andcentres âspecialisingâ in the treatment of anxiety and panic. But of the dozens I saw, halfhad no… See more details below
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I am a thirty-two-year-old school teacher and have suffered from agoraphobia, panicattacks, and generalised anxiety for the past twenty years. Over the years, I have soughthelp from many psychiatrists, psychologists, general practioners, hypnotherapists, andcentres âspecialisingâ in the treatment of anxiety and panic. But of the dozens I saw, halfhad no personal experience with anxiety or panic themselves, and the other half wantedto medicate me so heavily that I could barely care for my newborn. At my darkest hour,feeling there was no hope for me and that the life I wanted to live would be a dreamand not a possible reality, I met Dean Smith. The fi rst time I met Dean, I walked inalready convinced that he would be just like all the others and that this would all proveto be another dead end for me. However, at the end of our fi rst session, I called myhusband, in sobbing tears, saying that I had fi nally found the person who could helpme . . . , and he did. Deanâs approach to treating anxiety, panic, and fear allowed meto confront my demons but never once feeling afraid to do so. His practical exerciseswere confronting but had an amazing result. Each session taught me to bothchallenge and accept my thinking without being frightened anymore. After a yearof working with Dean and applying his techniques to my life, my dream life finallybecame a reality. I once was too afraid to venture to the local shops for fear of havinga panic attack in public. In March 2011, I got on a plane with my husband and sonand fulfi lled my lifelong dream of going to Europe. Dean Smith gave me the tools tobegin my life and discover who I truly am. I am and remain forever grateful to him.
Anxiety and panic attacks led me to Dean. I didnât know or understand what waswrong with me or why these attacks were starting to affect my life and well-being.I went to Dean because I thought I needed âfi xingâ because something was wrongwith me. Working together, I started to learn tools that helped me understand myanxiety. This helped me to stop fearing it; I can honestly say Iâm not scared anymore!Yet working with my emotions, using the many skills that I have learnt from Dean,helped me to see that I donât need fi xing. I am perfectly normal, and my anxieties aresymptoms triggered by something much deeper, thirty-fi ve years of shame, guilt, andperfectionism . . . Now something was beginning to change â me. This has been the biggest challenge in my life; however, beginning to fi nally lean intomy feelings of vulnerability, working with them, and understanding them has beenone of the most rewarding experiences of my life.My greatest gratitude goes to Dean for helping me through my journey of awareness.
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