About the Program
Attacking Anxiety and Depression is a 15 week multi-media self-help, home study program.
Stresscenter.com’s Attacking Anxiety & Depression program was developed by Lucinda Bassett, and Dr. Philip Fisher, MD, who leveraged the skills, methods and techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Modification as the core of the self-treatment process. Since 1983, the program has helped over 1.4 million people to recover from acute stress, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive worry, and depression.
This is the most effective self-paced therapy available for anxiety and depression. Simplified, cognitive behavioral modification refers to thinking and learning and is the part of the therapy that is taught to the person. The person then needs to take what has been taught – practice it, and through repetition, get this new ‘learning’ down into the brain so that it becomes automatic or habitual. That’s where the behavioral comes in – modifying the behavior that’s not working.
You are introduced to new information or skills and they are reinforced. When you have practiced the skills through repetition, this affects your memory processes (and physiologically your brain’s neural pathways) and allows you to begin thinking, acting and feeling differently. Of course, this takes persistence and patience, but when a person sticks with this therapy, and does not give up, noticeable progress begins to occur.
That’s why the methodology of using audio lessons has made Attacking Anxiety & Depression such an international success. This format is ideal for overcoming anxiety and depression; it allows you to listen to the material time and time again, at your own pace, until it sinks in. That’s the way we break habits.
Obviously, it would be wonderful to have a therapist who would sit with you every day on your journey to recovery, teaching you these skills, practicing with you. But that is a costly commitment of time and money.
If you were seeing a cognitive-behavioral therapist, it would normally be one hour a week. That leaves you over 160 hours each week where you are totally on your own. And like learning a foreign language or learning to play a musical instrument, all it takes to develop the necessary skills is a good teacher and practice, practice.
Let me ask you something, would it be realistic to expect to be a good at anything while practicing just one hour each week? Hardly, and that’s exactly the problem with traditional treatment for anxiety and depression today.
You can’t erase a LIFETIME of self-destructive thoughts and behavioral habits working in this manner.
Restructuring our thoughts and behaviors takes practice, repetition and reinforcement.
It’s only when these skills are practiced and repeated that they are fully accepted and understood. Only through reinforcement do we begin to alter our behavior and make these recovery skills our own. And that’s the magic of the Attacking Anxiety & Depression program!