I first met Anna in December of last year to help bring down my anxiety. I had been suffering from severe anxiety for about 15 years. Nothing could ever be pinpointed as to what triggered my anxiety, it was just always there. I had been taking western medicine before but eventually stopped due to a lack of satisfaction with the results. Physical activity soon replaced the drug for a few years but eventually my anxiety crept up with such a force that I was back looking for treatment again. Some of the symptoms I was feeling on a daily basis were restlessness, irritability, lack of focus, shortness of breath, nausea, and active sleep. This time, I decided to try eastern medicine as an alternative.
My first treatment with Anna by far exceeded my expectations. I will never forget it. During the consultation, I explained to Anna the reasons I had come to see her. Anna was attentive, compassionate, and committed to help me find calm in my life. She explained to me that because my anxiety had been chronic it would take some dedication to treatment to stabilize, lower, and eventually eliminate my anxiety. She stressed that my anxiety would one day be just a memory of the past. The level of my anxiety walking into her office was somewhere between a 7 and 8 (10 being extremely anxious). After the first treatment I can easily say my anxiety decreased to somewhere around a 2 and 3. It was the calmest I had felt in a very long time. My mind felt clear and focused and my body felt physically relaxed.
I kept seeking treatment pretty intensively during the first couple of months. In combination with Chinese herbs, I began to sleep better, have more energy, and lower my level of anxiety on a day to day basis. Where my anxiety used to fluctuate between a 6 and 8, I could begin to see the levels decrease within those first months between 4 and 6. I felt I was making more progress with this treatment than I had with the anti-anxiety medications I had been on in the past.
A testament to this treatment and Anna, was that while getting treated I was also studying for a few intensive professional exams. I used to respond negatively to that type of stress and would usually be a mental wreck days before an exam. With this treatment and Anna’s positive encouragement I felt anxious only 5 minutes before the exam of which the symptoms later subsided. I was more focused and confident in my abilities this time around.
Now, almost to my 30th session, I can confidently say that I am a lot closer to eliminating my anxiety than I have ever been in my life. Anna has helped me get down to a consistent level of anxiety where it now ranges between a 1 and 3. I see Anna now on an ‘as needed basis’ when I feel my anxiety levels get to be too unmanageable. Thank you Anna for helping me find peace in my life again. You rock!