Quick Fix Cures For Anxiety
by Dr. Carlo Carandang, MD
Do Quick Fix Cures Work To Cure Anxiety?
What Are Quick Fix Cures?
Quick-fix cures for anxiety come in both book-form and online courses. With 40 million Americans afflicted with anxiety, this is a big market, and scams that claim to be able to treat it are bound to occur.1
Quick-fix cures claim that they have the only solution and trick to solve your anxiety problems. They also claim that psychotherapy and prescription medications are useless, despite all the studies showing they are the most effective treatments for anxiety. Quick-fix cures also claim that doctors and psychiatrists are not effective, despite the multitudes of patients with anxiety who have benefited from treatment from doctors. Quick-fix cures claim that they can cure your anxiety, in a short period of time…all you have to do is buy their book or enroll in their course. Quick-fix cures pretty much would say they are the only thing that works, and all the clinical experience and research studies backing traditional treatment with psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy are not effective. Quick-fix cures are usually ‘invented’ by people who have no professional credentials to back their ‘expertise.’ Quick-fix cures focus on pop psychology, which uses psychological concepts to explain how life events and mental processes are linked, but have no scientific evidence to back their oversimplified explanations. Quick-fix cures only focus on getting you to buy their dubious services and products, without really explaining how they will be helpful. Alas, these quick-fix cures are on websites which are just a marketing gimmick, leading you to a sales funnel, as if you are Dorothy being whisked off to Oz, being led astray.
Do Quick Fix Cures Work?
Quick-fix cures do not work. In fact, they are dangerous and irresponsible, as people with anxiety disorders are suffering, and receiving unhelpful ‘treatments’ just make the anxiety and the suffering worse. People with anxiety disorders require evidence-based treatments that only a mental health professional can provide. The people who devise these quick-fix cures have no professional credentials, and their methods are not studied in a scientifically-rigorous manner, so how can their claims be true? Unfortunately, many people with anxiety fall for the marketing gimmicks employed by these quick-fix cures, as they play on people’s fears about traditional anxiety treatments with psychotherapy and prescription medications. But eradicating anxiety takes real work, and there are no quick-fixes.
Quick-fix cures are dangerous, as they do not eradicate your anxiety. As such, your anxiety will worsen if you should engage in these quick-fix cures.
Quick-fix cures are dangerous, irresponsible, and not backed by scientific evidence. Steer clear of quick-fix cures for anxiety.
For effective and helpful treatments, look for anxiety books and anxiety websites which have the following characteristics:
- Written by a mental health professional, preferably from a psychiatrist (an MD, a medical doctor);
- Treatment is based on research studies;
- The author/founder has extensive knowledge of anxiety disorders as evidenced by book publications, book chapters, medical journal publications, teaching experience in medical schools, and clinical research experience in anxiety.
- Carandang, C. (2015). Beware of Anxiety Scams on the Internet. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 4, 2015, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2015/05/27/beware-of-anxiety-scams-on-the-internet/