Me running a half marathon in 2015
Hi, My name is Paul and after my own recovery I have been successfully helping people overcome anxiety since 2002.
I personally suffered for 10 long years before I moved away from traditional methods of medication, techniques and ways of managing my anxiety. Not only did I not get anywhere with these approaches, but none of these approaches made any sense to me. I didn’t want to keep treating symptoms, I wanted to be symptom free, to find a lasting cure.
This is when I went on my own way to find real answers and spent the next few years studying the whole subject and began to really educate myself on all aspects of the condition. Not only that, but through really understanding how the mind and body works, I came to my own conclusions on not only why I had developed anxiety, but also what was keeping me in the loop. It was through this understanding that I was then able to lead myself back to being fully anxiety free.
It was at this point I decided to help others recover and volunteered at my local hospital to help other sufferers. Fortunately I was able to make a real difference there and helped many people move on from their own struggle with anxiety. It was these very people who encouraged me to write a book and set up a website, telling me I had something different to say and that I really needed to get the message out to a bigger audience.
This is what led to me writing my first book ‘At last a life’ and setting up this website and my blog. I had no idea at the time how things would explode. The site just grew daily and the book went from something I wrote in my bedroom, to being listed on Amazon, made available in many bookshops and also now published in Japan, selling thousands of copies a month around the world. This is very humbling as the book has always been self-published, never had any advertising and has relied purely on word of mouth for its success.
Where am I now?
I am now fully recovered and a much stronger person for it. Little trivial things do not bother me anymore. It has made me realise what is important. Life is a gift and we should enjoy it. I am also more confident than I was before. When you have been through what I have, you become a much stronger person.
I also left my mundane job so that I could dedicate all my time to helping other sufferers around the world. This gives me a great deal of satisfaction and can be very rewarding. The first thought that came into my head when I had recovered was that I could go on to help others. I knew how long it took me to find the answers that I so craved. Could I just carry on with my life and ignore other people’s suffering? The answer was a definite no. I have helped and advised more people than I can remember and it has been so rewarding.
Although the site has grown far bigger than I ever thought possible, the people who know me know that I do as much as I can to help others. I often post helpful advice on my personal twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts as well as my Anxiety blog often as I can, and raise money and awareness for trusted, non-profit making anxiety sites.
Hopes for the future.
The aim of this website is to step in and teach people more about anxiety and the way to recover, before they spend years going around in circles like I did unable to find answers to their condition. There is nobody out there that can’t recover with the right help and advice, the only difference between someone who recovers and who doesn’t, is their understanding and approach.
The first thing people tell me after reading my book is that they fear their symptoms far less, that they don’t seem as important. This is because they have for once been given an explanation for how they feel and so their symptoms do not scare them as much. This in turn helps stop the constant cycle of worry and fear and also allows them to finally allow the anxious feelings to be present, which is exactly what is needed to release this anxious energy. You can’t get better through trying to get rid of anxiety, through suppression or avoidance of it, it just doesn’t work that way.
I hope one day this information will be available for people when they first seek help, rather than having them feeling like they are being ignored or pushed from one person to another. I have lost count of the number of emails I have received from people asking why this information is not available when they first seek help? “Why are we just given pills and told to go on our way?”, they ask. I don’t have the answer to this question, although in defence of the medical world, anxiety really is a specialised subject and they are just not equipped to help in most cases.
Please tour the site
Now that you have landed on my site, do take the time to look around. It was set up to help people and to give them new hope and a better understanding of their condition and is packed with free advice. If you are a first time visitor, please keep popping in as I will keep updating it when I feel it is necessary.
Thank you for your interest in me as well as my site. If you would like to follow me on social media where I am quite active, then just click the links at the top of the page.