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Many people suffer from anxiety, with varying degrees of severity. The good news is that anxiety is
controllable. Learning control takes practice, patience, resolve, counseling, and oftentimes medical help.
A counselor/therapist who specializes in anxiety can help the anxiety sufferer to control anxiety by a variety
of methods. Some of the methods to control anxiety are listed below:

1) Getting control of negative, self-destructive thoughts and substituting helpful, positive thoughts. For
example: (Destructive) “Everybody must like me, or else there is something wrong with me.”  (Positive,
helpful substitute) “Some people will like me; others may not. That’s ok. My job is to treat others with
respect and enjoy the people who like me.”  The therapist’s job is to help the client identify, over time, all
awareness.

2) Another example of a negative self-destructive thought: “I have failed so many challenges in the past,
so I am doomed to fail always.” (Positive substitution) “I have failed in so