Does The Anxiety Protocol Work To Treat Anxiety?
by Dr. Carlo Carandang, MD
What Is The Anxiety Protocol?
Anxiety Protocol is a self-help book designed to help you eradicate anxiety- any type of anxiety. It is written by a psychiatrist, an MD, a medical doctor, with expertise in anxiety. Anxiety Protocol is based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of psychotherapy which is first-line treatment for anxiety.
Anxiety Protocol comes in two books. The 1st book, Anxiety Protocol- The Foundation: Understanding Anxiety contains 22 chapters and discusses all of the major anxiety disorders. There is also a treatment section, which discusses the traditional treatments for anxiety, including CBT and prescription medication treatment. What is different about this book on anxiety is that it contains a comprehensive alternative treatment section, and goes into the research studies on self-help for anxiety, natural supplements for anxiety, and alternative interventions for anxiety.
The 2nd book is Anxiety Protocol- Moving Forward: Treatment Plan, and contains 9 chapters. It is a workbook with easy to follow instructions on eradicating anxiety. The 2nd book contains practical and effective solutions for dealing with any type of anxiety, and dealing with any anxiety-inducing situation.
How Is Anxiety Protocol Different?
Anxiety Protocol is different than other self-help books on anxiety. First and foremost, Anxiety Protocol is written by an MD, a psychiatrist, an anxiety expert. It is also based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment for anxiety. Furthermore, Anxiety Protocol is part of a larger self-help program for anxiety, as it is affiliated with a sister site, AnxietyBoss.com. Finally, what separates this anxiety book from the others is that Anxiety Protocol has a 100% satisfaction guarantee, or your money back- no questions asked.
Does The Anxiety Protocol Work?
Anxiety Protocol has multiple studies showing it is effective for anxiety, as a CBT-guided self-help intervention. A recent Cochrane Review revealed that media-delivered CBT may be helpful for people with anxiety who are not able or not willing to access face-to-face CBT with a therapist.1 A review of multiple meta-analyses revealed that most self-help intervention meta-analyses had a large effect on depression and anxiety disorders, independent of the type of self-help intervention, and was as effective as face-to-face treatments.2 Another study found that self-help interventions for social phobia and panic disorder were effective and have the potential for increased access to cost-effective treatment.3 The common components of effective self-help interventions in anxiety disorders include psychoeducation, relaxation, graded exposure, cognitive restructuring, and anxiety management and other techniques,4 and these are the components that are contained in Anxiety Protocol.
As Anxiety Protocol utilizes CBT, it can be associated with some worsening of anxiety symptoms when first starting the treatment. If this side effect occurs, it will usually be brief, and then you can expect your anxiety symptoms to be eradicated as treatment progresses.
Anxiety Protocol is unlike any other self-help book for anxiety. Anxiety Protocol is a practical, effective, convenient, inexpensive, and evidence-based solution to eradicate anxiety, and it can be as effective as a live therapist.2 Anxiety Protocol was written by a psychiatrist, an MD, with expertise in anxiety. Anxiety Protocol provides a vast array of self-help skills and alternative methods of managing anxiety, including online support via its websites, AnxietyProtocol.com and AnxietyBoss.com.
- Media-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy and behavioural therapy (self-help) for anxiety disorders in adults. Mayo-Wilson E, Montgomery P. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Sep 9;9:CD005330.
- Self-help and Internet-guided interventions in depression and anxiety disorders: a systematic review of meta-analyses. Van’t Hof E, Cuijpers P, Stein DJ. CNS Spectr. 2009 Feb;14(2 Suppl 3):34-40.
- Efficacy, cost-effectiveness and acceptability of self-help interventions for anxiety disorders: systematic review. Lewis C, Pearce J, Bisson JI. Br J Psychiatry. 2012 Jan;200(1):15-21.
- Self-help interventions for anxiety disorders: an overview. Cuijpers P, Schuurmans J. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2007 Aug;9(4):284-90.