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AnxietyAwareness.com newsletter

Welcome to AnxietyAwareness.com

Welcome to the first newsletter for AnxietyAwareness.com - it has been a long time coming! But before we start, let us first introduce ourselves to you.

AnxietyAwareness.com was developed seven years ago by our naturopath Despina Kamper who noticed an increase in anxiety and panic disorders, not only in her clients, but throughout the public in general. It astounded her to see the demand of clients looking for a way ‘of coping’ or ‘controlling the symptoms’ even when medicated. Despina now spends her time researching these disorders and runs a full-time practice treating mainly anxiety and panic.

After treating so many individuals within the last seven years, we found there to be key points unique to anxiety that need addressing. These include: understanding the nervous system, correct breathing habits, emotional wellbeing and diet.

Often this realization alone is all that is required to bring about an enormous improvement. Other times, however, a more personalized one-to-one therapy may also be needed to fine tune our thought patterns.

So let’s start our newsletter!

On-line Workshop available to watch NOW

AnxietyAwareness.com is extremely excited to launch its online workshop. This 50 minute workshop has been in the making for 12 months.  It is designed to educate people with anxiety/panic about their ailment and to provide tips that have been proven to make an impact in overcoming this disorder. The topics addressed are:

Breath work   Nervous System   Emotional well-being   Diet and nutrition
1. Breath & Hyperventilation   2. Understanding the Nervous System   3. Emotional Well-being   4. Diet and supplements


The live workshop has had enormous success and converting it on-line has been challenging. We have finally completed it and are very pleased with the result.

Your feedback has been overwhelming - THANK YOU!


Food for thought

In our first newsletter we thought we should look at the ins and outs of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as it is the most talked about and recommended therapy for Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks. CBT is a very practical approach to therapy. If you envisage ‘therapy’ to be someone lying on a sofa talking to their therapist about their long history of emotional habits, then think again. CBT is very pro-active. It addresses your negative thought patterns and introduces strategies for changing them. It’s a discovery process in which you realize that it is not the event that makes you feel this way but what you were thinking about the event. To put it simply: if you change your thinking you change your emotional outcome.

How CBT differs from conventional therapy, is that it focuses more on the solution and creating different thinking patterns rather than dwelling on the history or the emotional drama.

Latest Research - What is Neuroplasticity?


AnxietyAwareness.com is always excited to read about breakthroughs in neuroscience and developments in the study of the brain and mind. An area that is creating a lot of interest at the moment is ‘neuroplasticity’. Neuroplasticity is the ability of the human brain to change itself. In the last century we believed that the brain was mapped in certain ways i.e. our senses (seeing, hearing, feeling etc) were all allocated to specific parts of the brain. Now we have discovered that when one part is damaged, the brain can compensate and perform this task elsewhere. These studies have opened doors in many areas of disease: for example, stroke victims can now train another part of the brain to do what the stroke damaged.

What does this mean for anxiety? Well, neuroplasticity also means we can modify our behaviour as well - at any age! It is the ability to change your ‘mind’ and change how your brain automatically and habitually works. How can this be? It is all done through using the frontal lobe and performing certain mental exercises.

This subject is addressed in our workshop but we will keep everyone up to date in future newsletters. If anyone is interested in further reading I would suggest ‘The Brain that Changes Itself’ by Norman Doidge (Scribe 2007).

Tips and Reminders

When in an anxious state it is advisable to focus your mind quickly onto something else to distract you from the anxiety or panic state.

Tip: Always carry a small book in your handbag. When feeling anxious or panicky open it at any page and read a paragraph backwards.