A selection of the 1000's of emails we have received
"it has changed my life."
If you want to be anxiety free do this method right away. It really does what they say and it has changed my life. Beck
"TLM changed my life in days after years of suffering"
TLM changed my life in days after years of suffering and heartache. My wife is overwhelmed by the changes she saw in me. I love the programme and Charles Linden is a star.
"It will not fail because YOU WILL NOT FAIL. "
Before I found the Linden Method, I had tried two other approaches…now, am I gonna sit here and say, “Shit, wish I hadn't wasted my time or spent my money on that or them?” NO!!! Because, ultimately, they lead me HERE, to Linden and the support staff and all of the valuable information that I have been able to integrate and implement into my life. Period. No use looking back. All that matters is right here, right NOW, and feeling optimism for the future, without any regrets or fear. And another thing…for those of us who've been there and have since crossed the abyss…I was one of those people reading other people's testimonials about how The LM saved them and still I was skeptical, so…we have to be compassionate with others living with anxiety…it wasn't ME who doubted, it was the anxiety talking, the fear kept me trapped, I gave it power (but it has absolutely no power over us)…once I started doing the Method, the fear melted away…but I needed to take that first step and sometimes, that first step is the hardest for people to take because all they're thinking about is not being able to get to the finish line. God, if I could relay just one message…the same message Linden's been telling everyone, please take that first step and see it through. It will not fail because YOU WILL NOT FAIL. You CAN'T FAIL.
"MY ANXIETY SWITCH, HAS SWITCHED OFF"
I purchased TLM in December 13,it has made a big difference to my life. MY ANXIETY SWITCH, HAS SWITCHED OFF. I am 69 years old and have suffered with anxiety all my life.IT will no longer control my life.
I feel a different person, I am a lot calmer,even in times of stress I fell calm and able to deal with the situation that has arisen. I have experienced many of the symptoms in my life,and they are now firmly buried in the past and will certainly not affect the present or my future.
Thank you, thank you.
Love and kind regards
"I never believed I could feel so well again."
I suffered with GAD and OCD for 7 long years that cost me my marriage, my dignity and my job. I was hospitalized, ambulanced and medicated for 6 years and I never believed I could feel so well again. Thank you Linden Method Team. You are such wonderful people. Jane Boothe. NYC
"I have always dreamed of feeling 'normal' and now I do."
All I want to say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have always dreamed of feeling 'normal' and now I do. Charles you are a life saver. Dave
"I am so overwhelmed by the recovery I have made"
I thought no one would ever understand the pain of an anxiety sufferer but when I bought The Linden Method last month, I immediately realised that not only does Charles Linden understand but he knows what to do about it. TLM saved my life. The world is now exciting and fun and non-threatening. I am so overwhelmed by the recovery I have made and am looking forward to my life instead of dreading every day.
"The Linden Method cured my panic attacks in two days."
The Linden Method cured my panic attacks in two days. I can't tell you how grateful I am Charles. You have saved my life. I have never been OCD free before. I have had OCD since as far back as I can remember and the feelings I have had in the last three months of anxiety freedom have made me realise what anxiety has done to undermine my life. Thank you, thank you. x
Annie Grace Knowles
"the linden method and Mr Linden saved my life."
I have to say that the linden method and Mr Linden saved my life. I called support one day and was surprised to hear a gentleman's voice (the support staff had all been ladies up to this point). He said Charles speaking and it didn't really register. 5 mins into the conversation (which I have to say was totally enlightening) I said, “it must be confusing to have two Charles working there” He replied… no there is only one,” I then realized I was speaking to the Charles Linden. I was a little taken aback.. after all I had listened to his wonderful visualizations every night for the last 6 weeks … I think I probably blushed!!.
Charles explained the he had come into the centre as one of his support specialists was unwell and absent and he wanted to lend a hand and not let his clients down. So, Poosmum, You tell me, does this sound like a man who doesn't care??? He gave me 30 mins of his valuable time. Charles totally 'gets' anxiety because he's been there and for me he was the first person I had ever spoken to who really got it and me! Do Doctors, counselors, etc., give their time for free.. mmmm, I think not! I think the fact that he hasn't increased the price of his pack speaks volumes. It is still £117 now. What Charles does is shows you the road map. He can only lead a horse to water… he can't force it to drink so don't take it out on him and his team when it doesn't work for you. You only have yourself to blame! Warmest wishes and thanks for reading… Annie Gracie Knowles, 55, anxiety free and living life to the full and just packing to go on my first sailing holiday!! Finally, Charles if you are reading this… a huge thank you to YOU and your fantastic team! Thank you for giving me and thousands of others, their lives back and for doing what you do and please don't let these unkind people get you down - you have thousands of supporters and you should feel very loved and surrounded by their positivity!
" don't hesitate to GET THE LINDEN METHOD PROGRAM"
I used to suffer with a high anxiety disorder for a good few years, which I can say has been 100% treated and CURED NON-MEDICINALLY thanks to THE LINDEN METHOD.
CHARLES LINDEN and his AMAZING TEAM OF EXPERTS helped me through a terrible time, when the NHS, ALTERNATIVE THERAPISTS & PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS FAILED ME.
Anyone who doubts The Linden Method obviously hasn't used it - or feels threatened by it. If anyone is making money out of anxious people it is the NHS and alternative therapists: hynotherapists, CBT etc etc…
Chalres has helped over 150,000 people globally - and anyone who knows him, or has met him at a retreat only has nice things to say about him. I came off my anti-dpressents and beta blocker - funnily enough a side effect of them is actually anxiety! You need to come off them to stop supporting the habbit. I hope you get over the horrid debilitating disorder, that is anxiety. I did, and all I can say is THANKS CHARLES!
ANYONE out there WITH AN ANXIETY DISORDER don't hesitate to GET THE LINDEN METHOD PROGRAM. I DID and it is the BEST THING I EVER DID FOR MY LIFE.
"The Linden method changed my life…"
I would first like to say what a great article. I read the article and can see many similarities and the symptoms that I was dealing with. The anxiety affected me in so many ways that it really affected my life. I did not want to tackle so many of the tasks i had i wouldn't look at work issues, it began to affect my attendance to work with my colleagues and family events were a no goer.
The linden method pack that i brought 3 years ago was so helpful. I began working with the nine pillars that were so important to help me battle with anxiety. I spoke with the linden ladies who were so helpful. I spoke with one i think her name was fiona and she helped me so much. Her voice comforted me and when she explained to me what i needed to do and how it would change my thinking and anxiety it really struck a chord in my head. I do not know about yourselves but being able to talk to some one who isn't so close (ie friends and family) it can really help. after all a problem shared is a problem halved.
Reading the comments i was surprised to hear that the pack has not changed in price since the methods have been produced. I think that it is a credit to both Charles Linden and his wonderful staff that they do it at this price. I think the fact that he employs qualified professional people who can I could talk to and for the number of occasions i did is a credit to Charles and his team.
The Linden method changed my life… for the better. I would like to thank his team and Charles himself for the time they took to talk to me, to help me and get me back to the lady i was before anxiety affected me.
"The Linden Method truly is the way to recovery."
The Linden Method truly is the way to recovery. Everything that Charles has compiled in his pack is what a sufferer needs to know, understand and put into practice to be free of anxiety. It is compiled by a man who suffered from acute anxiety for a number of years - a man who knows exactly what he is talking about. Charles teaches from his own experiences and what he has to share is everything you will need to know and grasp to get better. You have to be prepared to do the leg-work to get better - to learn to break the cycle of fear and anxiety which creates all the (truly) horrible symtoms you experience. So you can break free from that living hell. It takes perseverance and practice but you can do it. Charles has a personable manner and speaks in a way that reassures and enlightens. His Method is THE way to recovery. He and his wife are lovely. Their legacy is and will be great - they have helped tens of thousands of people from all over the world and that speaks volumes in itself. Anxiety disorders are horrific experiences and anyone who can use their wisdom to help people recover should be applauded. Charles Linden is that man.
"Whoever you are reading this, male or female, young or old, I cannot recommend TLM enough. It really is a true life saver"
I'm a 20-year-old journalism student at University. I have suffered with severe anxiety, OCD and depression for many years. I cannot stress enough how effective The Linden Method is! I went on the retreat in February this year and I can honestly say it is without doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me in my life. I now have the tools to beat my anxiety and depression! Charles and his team are absolute life savers and it sickens me when I read negative comments about TLM. His method WORKS - I assure you of that! I had CBT and visited all kinds of medical professionals for years, and all it did was 'mask' my anxiety for a very short while. I became reliant upon my psychologist and all this did was inform my subconcious mind that “I need this reassurance because this is just how I am.” But, this is untrue! I've been back from the retreat for 7 weeks now. For me, although I'm 20, I actually feel only 7 weeks old, because I have discovered, with the help of Charles and TLM, that I can overcome my anxiety! I would have never dreamed of writing something like this before I went on the retreat, but please trust my experience. TLM WORKS!!! Whoever you are reading this, male or female, young or old, I cannot recommend TLM enough. It really is a true life saver. Do not believe any of the negative comments you may read about it - they are false and you don't need this negativity in your life!!! If you want change, and a positive change, Charles Linden and his team are the people!
" Using the Linden Method I was free of the anxiety. "
I ordered, “The Linden Method”, after going to Google to find out where I could get help. I saw, “The Linden Method”, read up on it and ordered it. It took me about 3 months to get anxiety free after following and using the Linden Method. I am happy to say that I am anxiety free now. What a relief! It is not fun having anxiety attacks and I couldn't get fast enough to find a way to get rid of them. Using the Linden Method I was free of the anxiety. Oh, how nice to wake up and not even think about the anxiety anymore. I am free to live my life and do the things I like to do.
I highly recommend the Linden Method. When you think about it, it is nothing but good ole common sense. Thank you Charles, for helping me to help myself. God Bless all you do. You are a life saver.
"Charles Linden has created a program that not only changes lives but saves lives. He deserves to be knighted for his work."
The Linden Method changed my life. Not only did it cure my anxiety disorder entirely, but it showed me how to be fulfilled in every aspect of my world. I am now in a new job, earning twice as much money and I am engaged to be married next year. Before TLM I was in a mental health wing of an NHS hospital, desperate, alone and medicated like a zombie. Charles Linden has created a program that not only changes lives but saves lives. He deserves to be knighted for his work. Thank you so much Charles and The Linden Method team.
"This is by far the best program I come across "
This program was introduced to by a good friend in the UK. She bought it and sent it to me here in Iceland. I cant put it words how much it has helped me. I suffered for about 7 years of high anxiety along with social phobia and had 100 of severe panic attacks a day. I was so bad I had to stop working. I read the program and followed it like a slave! Regardless of how bad I felt. Today, 2 years later I am panic and anxiety free. Also, I wanna add that I previously worked in mental hospitals for nearly 8 years, helping people with anxiety and panic attacks among other things.. This program is spot on and deals with the “illness” directly. Nothing I have come in contact with earlier has been so effective. I only had to listen to Charles interview to realize he knew EXACTLY what I was dealing with. This is by far the best program I come across and I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone. Thank you Charles.
Kristján - Iceland.
Ps.. ohh and as a bonus it improved my English knowledge as well…:-)
"For me it truly was the miracle that I hoped it would be!"
This is a bit belated, but thank you SO much for putting this program together. I found The Linden Method in 2007, after suffering from anxiety and panic attacks for a little over 2 years. At the time I thought nothing could help, it was a chore just to get out of bed in the morning, but I'm glad to say that I've been anxiety and panic attack free since then! For me it truly was the miracle that I hoped it would be!
"Here I am now, fully recovered and living an amazing life."
I bought this method April last year thinking that it may well be my last resort before ending my life. Here I am now, fully recovered and living an amazing life.
Thank you Charles and team for saving my life. Words cannot describe my gratitude towards you. Thank you
" i will cure this shadow in my life, thanks again charles "
my husband gave the sorprise with this method, after i was received several email with calms letters, i finally got the app, i must confess that iam not even sit down to realize that i have to do step by step what charles saids there , and cuz is an app, i never received the calls from the supporters, BUT, after 3 month or maybe more, i havent experienced a panic attack, and even better, my anxiesty level had drop from 10( maybe 12) to 2, i honestly believe that what he have here, is the proof that we can be cured, i remember when my doctor told me, you will never cured your anxiesty, i think yes press the alarm bottom, the bottom for not cure after 5 years, untill i found charles, i cant said that iam cure, but iam feeling better and better every day, and i will cure this shadow in my life, thanks again charles i wish u all the best for u , your family and ur staff sorry for my english and god bless u, if u want to continue sending me letter i will totally apreciate, your words are the best remedy for any soul!
"How do you thank someone, for saving your life"
I have been thinking time and time again about how to write this review. It has taken me a year to do it, and I am still not sure how to explain myself. But i have put it off long enough.
How do you thank someone, for saving your life, and making it so much more than you could have ever dreamed it could be? For helping you take a life of paralyzing fear, depression, alcoholism, and anger, and turn it into a fulfilling, exciting, and joyous thing? My word fail me. It seems like “Thank You” could never be enough. But, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
I was on 4 different medications to manage my anxiety, depression, and hypertension when I was just 25 years old. I couldn't leave my wife's side when we were out shopping because I would just feel so terrified if I lost sight of her. I had massive panic attacks that would last for hours. My life was a nightmare. It wasn't who I wanted to be, and there were times when I resented my life for giving me a reason to continue living.
Then I found The Linden Method. This man started talking about his condition, and it sounded so much like my own life. I instantly felt less alone. I immediately felt hope. I ordered the program.
Upon opening the box I listened to the Panic Attack Eliminator. I knew that once I fully understood everything in that short audio track I would never have another panic attack again. I started the manual, and the other audio tracks. Everything I read and heard gave me the tools I needed to rebuild myself without inappropriate anxiety. The withdrawals from my medications were terrible (made ten times worse by the fact that my doctor told me there would be no affects.) I went through every possible withdrawal symptom and then some. I wouldn't have been able to cope without the Linden Method email team. I was so desperate for help. I realize now, that they didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear at that time because they were telling me what I NEEDED to hear. To them I am eternally grateful.
Today I went on my weekly 12 mile run by myself. We went to group meditation at the local Zen Center, I met some nice folks out of the blue, I studied for my mid terms at school, and I took time to tell my wife how much I appreciate her. I have lost over 60 pounds. I have switched to a plant based diet. I no longer drink, I am in training to be a wind turbine technician, and my wife and I are starting to plan for a family.
I am not bragging, I am just amazed. Over the last year my life has not just improved, it has finally begun! I could not have done any of it without the help of Mr. Linden, and his team.
Charles, please know this. I will be forever grateful for what you and you team has done for my wife and I.
This may sound weird, but it's true. I love you sir. From the bottom of my heart Thank You.
" Thank you god for putting Charles in may way!!!!"
I was a guy that couldn't even take a step out of the house! After practicing what Charles said in his book i managed not to be afraid!! Wow for the first time I understood that I was the only one that can actually help me!! I was walking like nothing ever happened!!!I scared the fear away!! I am a FEARLESS human been im not afraid of any thing now!!! TLM not only cured me 100% but it made me a fearless person!!!! Not shy any more if some thing gets in my way I overcome it just by thinking if I was able to manage my self out from hell, this is nothing! It has opened doors for me!! I worked in a law firm!! And I became a Zumba instructor teaching over 40 student s a class! Before i was shy to speak in front of any body now I teach people how to dance!! Wow big change lol!! Thank you god for putting Charles in may way!!!!
" I got married and had a baby which I never thought I would ever had"
It change my life!!!!!!i actually went to the retreat about 3years ago!i see a lot of people on here sometimes wanting to change but in the same sentence they still manage to have an excuse as to it not going to help them!!you can only help yourself TLM give you the tools to do so!if you don't do it right it will not work.you have to want to say good bye to panick attacks,anxiety etc… I was really bad had mine for a year and would not leave my bedroom!but now I got married and had a baby which I never thought I would ever had or manage to give birth because I was being so self obsessed!hope this helps anyone clutching at straws to change!!!
"It's the first method that ever helped me in such a good way. "
I bought the TLM program on my Iphone a few weeks ago and have used it ever since. It's the first method that ever helped me in such a good way. I'm so greatful for it and after living for so long with high level anxiety and panic disorder (12 years) , I would say the money for the program does not even matter. I'm getting better and that's worth everything in the world to me. Thank you Charles. I believe in this and I do think I will recover back to a normal life again.
"You have changed my life."
You have changed my life. The Linden Method is the greatest thing I ever bought.
"What you have done for me and your family is remarkable. "
What you have done for me and your family is remarkable. The level of support you have provided me with and the caring and professional way your staff have patiently helped me to recover from my OCD and panic is just simply wonderful. You are angels. I have recommended TLM to my company director. We have over 800 employees and many suffer. I suffered for a year, some people suffer much longer and I feel like I want to help them now. Thank you so much. James Lewis. London
" it has changed my life."
I just wanted to email you and say thank you so much for your book, it has changed my life. I would have never had this feeling without your help. It's not over, but I know it will be. I have set so many new goals and want to help people and meet people now. I just can't thank you enough!
"The programme turned me around so quickly, not a single panic attack since"
“I just wanted to say how very grateful I am to your programme. I found it during a time of suffering from acute anxiety and panic attacks. The programme turned me around so quickly, not a single panic attack since, and that was 4 years ago. I know I'll never have another. Thank you so much.”
"I have now been FULLY cured for a year, "
Firstly let me tell you my story!
My anxiety started after a bad car accident in October 2010. My car flipped and hit a tree - luckily I walked out of it! I have no idea how?! But I had a huge gash in my forehead which I had to get lots of stitches in and I still have whiplash today.
From there I started getting panic attacks/agoraphobia…I seemed to be able to stop them myself after a few months but then started the obsessive thoughts. This was the stuff I couldn't cope with. I went to the doctors who offered me diazepam, which I refused. I then went to 'counselling' which was highly unproductive and actually made my thoughts worse because I was being made to over think them!
Because of my accident, I had to move back home from University to recover which caused me to become quite reclusive for a while. This obviously made everything much worse for me.
Anyway I was online looking for remedies to cure myself one day with no luck when I then discovered an article in a magazine by Jemma Kidd about her anxiety and how Charles Linden helped her.
I haven't looked back since, even though it took a bit of convincing my mum that this didnt seem like another money making scam!
It took me a while to get to grips with the Linden Method but I have now been FULLY cured for a year, I found myself a job a year and a half ago which I enjoy and I am going travelling as of January! I decided not to go back to Uni because I was studying fashion and after getting well again I discovered that if you don't have your mental health then who cares what clothes you wear and how you look on the outside.
I am now 23 and would love to work in the mental Heath sector. Specifically with anxiety sufferers. I am much more caring now that I have ever been and I really do feel great!!
Thanks so much Charles :) xxx
"If you suffer with anxiety and don't read this program, your missing out on something that changed my life."
My husband bought me this magical book but I ignored it. I was scared that it was my last chance and that if I used it up straight away I might lose any hope. After about three months my husband got angrier with me and I started reading it.
Within a few minutes I knew that what Charles experienced was far worse than what I had but I also knew that this man knew what he was talking about from a deep understanding of the disorder and also the many people he had helped.
If you suffer with anxiety and don't read this program, your missing out on something that changed my life. I can't speak for everyone else but what I can say is that this is so simple, makes complete snese and has made me into a better person in so many ways.
Just do it (as Charles says)
"you have made mine and my wife's lives worth living again. "
Charles and the team,
you have made mine and my wife's lives worth living again. My wife suffered for over 20 years and I started having panic attacks after I retired. Partly because of my wife's predicament but aslo because I left a stressful but also, at times, enjoyable job and then did nothing. A friend of mine became very ill and over about three months I started not sleeping, eating less and became quite withdrawn. Anyway I bought The Linden Method off Amazon and didn't look back. I joined my wife up a month later and we have both just come back from Cyprus, our first holiday abroad for 15 years. All because of you and your amazing team.
Thank you Charles.
"I would like to thank you for saving my life."
I would like to thank you for saving my life. I have had Panic and anxiety for over 20 years. I was given Zoloft and diazepam to keep me calm but to be honest that wasn't really living. My anxiety started through a traumatic childhood and then 2 years ago I had a heart condition called SVT. Last year I had surgery for this which cured the condition but not mentally so I then went back on my medication. After a lot of research I stumbled across the TLM. Finally something I could use and finally answers to the question I so desperately needed.
At that point in my life all I wanted was peace and to be released from the fear, the only way I thought was OUT and OUT in a permanent way. You method not only works but sets you free of all the fear and irrational thinking that goes along with anxiety and panic.
So I can say YOU SAVED MY LIFE. For anyone who is sceptical all I can say is you need to try this. What do you have to loose?…. nothing but what you have to gain is life in a productive and positive way.
By no means am I out of the woods yet I still listen and read the TLM all the time but that's ok by me. In time I will be happy to say that the TLM will be redundant in my life but I guess that's the point. Charles the effort that you have made and the impact you have made on lives is something to be so proud of. This condition can be so debilitating but with a little help and will power can be cured. I cant rave or thank you enough. Thankyou for letting me be the wife and mother I need to be and thank you publishing something so worthwhile and meaningful. Words can never express my gratitude.
Monique for Australia.
"The linden method has been such a blessing and is the only cure for these problems!!"
The linden method has been such a blessing and is the only cure for these problems!!, I'm proud of myself, you and all of the linden support team for helping me overcome the condition. I believed in you and the method and it payed off!. I have been recommending the method to loads of people with problems all ages. Underneath all the emotional roller-coaster i discovered the inner-self i never had or forgot i had. I've become more concerned about helping other people instead of focusing on myself and problems which never really existed. I am currently studying plumbing at my local college but i feel as if my enthusiasm for this course is drifting away and is not really something i can see myself doing for a career. I've been praised by my plumbing lecturer as an inspiration to others because of the kind words and positive help I offer the other trainees. I have this sense of self fulfillment and achievement when i get feedback from others saying I've helped them. I have also been told that I'm a natural self esteem raiser. I think in all honesty working in the same field as you or preferably with you would be a dream and the best thing I could ever do!.
p.s everyone who's doing the method make sure you purchase Charles autobiography called “life of fear” which is a must buy!!. It has great information and is a guidance tool to go with The Linden Method!.
"I now find myself wanting to challenge myself with everything and do things that I have not tried before."
I am a 25 year suffer of agoraphobia and anxiety attacks.I was hospitalized twice and diagnosed with major depression. I was put on meds and sent home with lots of follow up appointments and even went through hypnosis. I have tried several programs and even went as far as putting my whole family on a tv show called obcessed and went through not only the stress of my panic but also the stress of being filmed with the panic ….. ARGH!!!!I have spent several hours looking up remedies on the internet and one day I typed in the search engine “How celebrities get help with panic and agoraphobia” and there was Charles Linden, so I read his whole website.
At first I was like “Great! another program to waste money on” Then I saw the money back guarantee. I figured what do I have to lose?I downloaded it right away and started watching the introduction video and applied the nine Pillars, I have the relaxation disc and the panic eliminater on my phone and have listened to the panic eliminater only twice and love to fall asleep to the deep relaxation with my earbuds in. I will tell you that the truth of it all for me was when I had to go to a neurologist for back pain and when he came in an examined me I asked him about what happens if I go on a cruise or out of town and have a panic attack and at that time the neurologist confirmed what Charles Linden has said all along that it is only an emotion of fear of fear and it cannot harm you, only make you feel unwell. I now find myself wanting to challenge myself with everything and do things that I have not tried before.
My big challenge will be when I go to jacksonville for the first time to see my daughter who is in college but I will take the knowledge from the Linden Method with me along with my relaxation and panic eliminator discs and I will defeat it and prove to myself once again that it is only fear of fear if I get anxious at all.
"You were the light at the end of our tunnel"
I am so grateful for the day Susan Shaw came into our lives and introduced us to The Linden Method. Twelve months ago, my son, James, was in a very dark place. Going to The Retreat at The Elms was truly life changing. This weekend we celebrated James's 21st birthday. Thank you to Charles, Beth, Gareth, Rob,Jenny and the team. You were the light at the end of our tunnel xx
" Today I'm back to life, working more than before, taking care of my 2 lovely and happy girls"
And here is my story if it is of any help to someone. When I was pregnant with my second child, I became more and more anxious. First it was physical symptoms and after a while I started to have difficulty concentrating, reading, working…and I started to panic about it. Nobody would understand what was happening. I was almost 7 month pregnant when one day, it felt like my brain froze. Since that moment I could not sleep for 2 months (max 20 minutes per night), could not eat, not read, not watching tv, not seat, not be lying on a bed, not listen to any music, could almost not talk anymore. NOBODY KNEW WHAT TO DO. I thought I was dying, or at least being stuck in a body who was dying or going completely crazy. I don't know how I managed to give birth. Could not look after the baby when she was born. It took months - for the hormones to get a little bit more stable. I could sleep again, start reading slowly, so the first thing I took was the LINDEN METHOD that my husband ordered for me. I started in August. In october I was back at work, at 10%. But I was improving every month with TLM. I went to the Linden retreat in February, and I understood all the little points I was missing. Today I'm back to life, working more than before, taking care of my 2 lovely and happy girls, leading a happy life with my husband. Definitly on my way out, almost 100% out. I went down to hell and back, but for the better, because I am handling the anxiety I didn't know I was having since I was a little girl. Hope it can help someone.
And thanks Charles, Jenny, Rob and Beth.
C. S. Trewhella
"There are no other words than this saved my life!!!!!"
There are no other words than this saved my life!!!!! serious anxiety recovery after 17 years of horror. Great support and a realistic goal!!!! Those who think its a money scam, do you not realise that if you have paid national insurance you pay for your medical care? You know those tablets that calm you or sedate you? Those counselling sessions that set you back a donation or if like me you went private more like thousands?
Charles is determinded and that can come across as harsh but when you know it works it must get frustrating when people wont help themselves. I am stubborn to say the least but I have managed to make the necessary changes.
Stop whinging and do it. Get the life you deserve and stop being a victim. You can come back at me all you like but I have been there. Suicidal, terrified and pathetic or cured and living a real life? The choice is yours!
"Purchased this for a good friend, and it has worked wonders."
Purchased this for a good friend, and it has worked wonders. Considering the amount she was spending on seeing independent therapists although on the face of it the linden method seems a bit pricey, in reality its actually very cheap.
I watched the included DVD with her, and it was great. Excellent quality, and the content was very interesting and comprehensive. As a 'non suffer' it gave me great insight into how panic attacks and anxiety can effect someone. It also gave me tips for dealing with my own stressful situation.
With the use of the support provided with this package my friend is now feeling much, much better. Thanks go to support staff at the linden method for giving me my friend back.
"I love all of you and god bless every one of you."
I wanted to say to the support team and Charles, thank you for everything. now a days is like one big blurred memory. I love all of you and god bless every one of you. I have the greatest feeling of safety every day and life is so beautiful.
"I have purchased your method and it has changed my life."
I have purchased your method and it has changed my life. I thank you.
Before I purchased your method I had been in a living hell for eight years and like yourself knew all the medication was not helping. In fact, it only made things worse or it made me feel like a trapped, sedated mess.
The freedom and joy to have my life back and not fear I would harm myself or hurt my family any more emotionally is priceless.
I thank you from my heart of hearts for the work you and your team have done to support me when I started. The honest, open but specific advice worked every time. I have recommended your programme to my specialist and am pushing for them to use it (and my GP) and will continue.
I am, like you say, a strong woman and I feel so committed to helping anyone else who is in the same situation as myself and you to have the chance to use your program. The medical profession need to open their eyes and ears and understand the importance of your program. Thank you again.
"thank you for creating the Linden method and sharing it with the world."
I just wanted to write you this quick note, to say a huge thank you for creating the Linden method and sharing it with the world.
As an adolescent, I had a number of OCD and anxiety issues, which were on occasions very debilitating, but once I reached my late teens these had more or less disappeared. But, in my early 20's I contracted encephalitis, which is a serious and often life threatening virus, which affects the fluid around the brain. My condition was grave and for a few days after collapsing and falling into a coma, my future was uncertain and my wellbeing in a terrible state.
I did, fortunately make a full recovery, from a health perspective, but was left with a great deal of fear and anxiety, which would manifest when I found myself in similar situations to the events around the moment I fell to floor cracking my head open and into a coma, or when finding myself in stressful situations. I spent literally years, from my early 20's to my early 40's, with ever increasing anxiety and experiencing symptoms of panic and giddiness, which over the years became more and more difficult to deal with.
I never took drugs for the effects I was experiencing or took time off work, but often could not shop in Supermarkets, handle meetings that went on for more than half an hour, or drive any long distances. My condition became more and more of an issue for me and my family and I wished to live a normal anxiety free life, without the awful and scary feelings I experienced.
Put simply, the Linden method gave me an understanding of my issues, but more importantly gave me the tools to eradicate the anxiety. I now live completely free of the awful feelings I used to experience on a daily basis, benefiting not only me, but my family friends and loved ones.
I have just recommended this programme to a close friend and this prompted me to upload this message. From personal experience, I would be happy to refer anyone to the Linden Method and confident to say, that it works and works well. When I think back, I cannot believe the situation I created for myself and relived beyond words, to be anxiety free and experiencing life the way it is supposed to be lived.
Thank you Charles and your team.
" I have never looked back since!"
I had tried countless things to try and beat my anxiety and spent a small fortune in the process.I started thinking nobody could help me and I would have to live with this for the rest of my life. Then I found the Linden Method.
When I first started reading the content of the pack and listening to what Charles had to say about anxiety, I instantly knew this was someone who had lived and experienced what I was going through. This gave me so much reassurance and confidence to start putting things in place to begin my road to recovery. More importantly I believed it was possible!!!
Charles, thanks so much for giving TLM to the world. I have never looked back since!
"Charles I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bless you for being you! :)"
The Linden Method isn't a con if anyone is wondering. Although this method has Charles' name on it, it is THE process that all humans have to go through in order to be cured from anxiety disorders. I saved up to buy the method pack and I can tell you it was money well spent! Once you immerse yourself into what the Linden Method holds within, you will be relieved and excited as you realise that your days of anxiety are going to be a thing of the past.
If you still question The Linden Method and are wondering whether to spend your money on it, why not try Charles' autobiography first? It's a brilliant read if anyone's wondering! It'll make you laugh, make you cry and leave you gobsmacked at some parts. A great autobiography whether you suffer or not. Very inspirational! And if you are a nonbeliever or a disser of Charles, then this will make you realise exactly why he is the man he is today. Why he is so eager to spread the word of his method and why he is so passionate about it!
As a client of The Linden Method, I have interacted with Charles on many occasion, and I can honestly say hand on heart that he is one of the most honest, humble, caring, trustworthy and genuinely nice guys you could ever come across :)
Charles I've said it before and I'll say it again, Bless you for being you! :)
"The panic attacks are now a thing of the past!"
My 87 year old mum had suffered from anxiety for most of her adult life and it got to the point where she would pass out. We bought The Linden Method and worked through it together and every day she would listen to the CDs. She is now going out again and enjoying life. The panic attacks are now a thing of the past! Her ambition is to meet Charles so she can thank him in person! If anyone wants proof that TLM works just ask me and my mum!!
"the linden method is the only thing that works"
i have been anxious for years and can honestly say the linden method is the only thing that works
"The Linden Method has not only saved my life but has also put me on track to having the kind of life I have always wanted."
I was experiencing severe anxiety to the point where I became obssessed with thoughts of suicide. I had no hope left having tried everything therapists and doctors could throw at me. The Linden Method has not only saved my life but has also put me on track to having the kind of life I have always wanted. Do it and have the life you should. High anxiety does NOT have to rule your life.
"I am now finally living the life I want free from anxiety."
If you have Anxiety you need The Linden Method. I suffered for years and was prescribed countless pills and was pushed from pillar to post by a host of so called medical experts - none of which worked. I joined the Linden Method programme and for the first time ever was made to feel like I wasn't gong mad - the programme made sense, was easy to follow and IT WORKED. Everyone I spoke to was helpful and gave me guidance and the confidence to get my life back.
I find it unbelievable that some people are so critical and negative - how fair can it be when they offer you a full money back guarantee if you are not happy**. You have to help yourself and I guess some people just don't want to bother and then blame everyone else!
I am now finally living the life I want free from anxiety. I know when you have anxiety that you don't trust anything anymore, least of all yourself, but please trust me and give this a go - there is nothing to lose.
"If you want a chance to get your life back its worth a try."
The Linden Method is a self help program that has helped my father, letting him get his life back. For those suffering from panic attacks and anxiety Charles Linden's method offers a treatemtn without the use of drugs. The book and the online products are there for you try. It is cheaper than a series of therapy and it may help you too. If you want a chance to get your life back its worth a try. The Linden Method - The Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks & Phobias Elimination Solution
"I will tell everyone I know who has suffered... "
Thank you sooooooo much for putting together this program. I was very skeptical at first. But now I am a believer. After suffering severe and terrifying panic attacks after the birth of my second child I felt almost hopeless and crazy.
Even after the reassurance of friends and therapist I was still scared. But now… I am pretty much panic free and it's been less then a month. Even with PMS (which always made it worse) I am doing just fine. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I will tell everyone I know who has ever suffered… about you and your method.
Love and light,
“My GP referred me for an assessment at De La Pole Hospital – which was most bizarre. I had to wait around 6 months, and then at the appointment with two mental health professionals(?) I began to wonder if they were the ones in need of help – but that’s another story. Anyway, after an hour, they agreed that I would probably benefit from some CBT, but the NHS waiting time was unpredictable, as there was just one individual conducting the therapy! So they suggested that I might want to try books, the Internet, or even go private. The latter didn’t seem such a good idea at the time as my ‘condition’ had rendered me unable to earn a living at that time.”
“I eventually explored the Internet – and then thankfully purchased your package ‘The Linden Method’. Just on being able to relate to the similarities of your experiences, helped me from day one.”
Mark Elvidge – TV personality and Musician
“I have purchased your method and it has changed my life.
I thank you. Before I purchased your method I had been in a living hell for eight years and like yourself knew all the medication was not helping. In fact, it only made things worse or it made me feel like a trapped, sedated mess.”
“The freedom and joy to have my life back and not fear I would harm myself or hurt my family any more emotionally is priceless.”
“I thank you from my heart of hearts for the work you and your team have done to support me when I started. The honest, open but specific advice worked every time. I have recommended your programme to my specialist and am pushing for them to use it (and my GP) and will continue.”
“I am, like you say, a strong woman and I feel so commited to helping anyone else who is in the same situation as myself and you to have the chance to use your program. The medical profession need to open their eyes and ears and understand the importance of your program. Thank you again.”
Juliet J – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Charles! I’m cured.. I’m moving out to London soon..
I’m so emotional right now cus you got me out of hell! I owe my life to you! May god bless you for what you do cus you’re saving lives.
“Right now I feel stronger than ever before and willing to overcome anything in life with a passion to move forward. My family don’t know what’s hit me. I passed my cemap course 1, 2 and 3.. after using The Linden Method I gained inner space to concentrate on my studies and pass. Right now, I’m much more stronger then my peers and I’m currently waiting to be a mortgage advisor at 23 years old only and I found my self a new girlfriend and im over the bereavement I suffered at 19, how amazing is that! I love you Charles. Seriously.. you are a living legend I wish I could meet you personally to thank you and extend my appreciation because I feel as if you saved my life!”
Rey O – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Hello everyone, to anyone out there losing hope.
Do not fear, The Linden Method has made me more self-confident, less anxious, and a much more compassionate person. These anxiety disorders are a blessing in disguise.”
Thank you Charles.”
Isabella R – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Charles’ method can help you in all ways, you’ve got to put your trust in Charles and listen to everything he says and writes and believe him.
I had anxiety for a year and a half, and just kept researching my condition, I was going around in circles….. until I found The Linden Method, I’ve never felt so much better in a matter of a few weeks…..”
Charles Linden is one man I probably remember for the rest of my life, this man is a life saver, he’s done more for me then all the doctors I’ve visited…. good work Charles!!!!”
Viney C – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“It’s amazing how much more relaxed I feel about the upcoming birth of my twins after doing the method.
I’m actually looking forward to this big hectic change in my life rather than frightened! I’m so thankful I came across The Linden Method after having my first child and years of unexplained anxiety, it’s the best thing that ever happened to me and I still thank you Charles!”
Jennifer M – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Hello Charles! I just want to say thanks because your book was like light at the end of the tunnel.
I had agoraphobia for 6 years (attacks, anxiety), and I change over 20 psychologists and psychiatrists but they couldn`t help. Agoraphobia is still taboo in small countrys like Bosnia. I couldn`t belive that one book, one cd, one man, can make such a diferents. After 6 years, I`m OUT again, feel so good, like nothing ever happened, thanks to ur book. I wish you all best, and feel sorry coz I cant give u a hug, coz u done so much for me and people around me.”
Danejla K – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Lisa K. is spreading the word – this method works!!!!
Don’t bother with all the other therapies out there that promise to work and cost you a fortune…”
Mr Linden you rock and thank god you shared your story and the things that helped you recover – just wished I had found the method 6 years ago I’d be a richer lady – spent thousands trying to find the answers!!!!”
Lisa K – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Hi Charles, I bought the method about 18 months ago I followed all your directions, I am now free of anxiety and panic attack.
Elizabeth P – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Hey! I just want to say ive been doing The Linden Method for 2 weeks and oh my god! The difference!
Ive had this anxiety attacks since age 11 and im now 26 and to the extent of up at 10pm till 5am one panic attack after another. It’s fantastic!”
Caroline P – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“If you doubt this method works, check out further evidence about using neuroplasticity to rewire the brain to produce non anxious behaviour and feelings.
It worked for me, and will for anyone if they believe it and follow the method. In fact it cannot fail. Believe this with all your heart. Let your brain heal itself, and get out of the way!”
Hayley S – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
It worked for me.
“Charles method says that anxiety disorder is simply a normal human emotion triggered inappropriately. This is a very accurate description of what anxiety disorder is as far as we can tell. Don’t believe the heavy propaganda ‘professionals’ tell you regarding anxiety disorder being caused by ‘brain disease’, ‘chemical imbalance’ etc.”
“Contrary to what the mental health experts parrot there is still NO demonstrable biochemical evidence which proves such a “disorder” exists. Anxiety disorder cannot be found on a dead persons brain. Any mental health expert who tells you otherwise is lying. If your studying pathology like me you will find that anxiety disorder is nowhere to be found in the standard textbooks of pathology (it cannot meet the nosological criteria of disease classification).”
“There is so much junk science being thrown around everywhere Im not sure whether to laugh or cry. Please people before you bring your biases, pet beliefs, give Charles a chance, he’s genuine. He has what most of these mental health peddlers don’t have which is first hand experience!! Remember, real world experience trumps even the most complex concepts and ideas.”
“Ultimately ideas have to be tested in the real world to be validated. Im sure many of you have tried these anxiety therapies, CBT, psycotheraphy etc and failed miserably go on take a chance with this method. It worked for me.”
Jacob S – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Just a note to anyone thinking of buying this product – It does work!
I am 95% there now and the only reason am not 100% is because ive contiued to drink a few on the weekend and have got a couple of phobias to deal with which I picked up with the anxiety!”
“I had all the symptoms including chronic muscle pain – racing heart, horrid thoughts, OCD, I was too scared to talk to anyone. I’d read every book, vistied every therapist and this method is the best. I never got a correct diagonis until I got The Linden Method it all made sense afterwards. The support staff are very nice too – buy it – you wont regret it!”
Robert K – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“I just wanted to thank you personally, Charles, for your method!
I stumbled across this on the internet a couple of years ago, and didn’t go ahead with it – I wish I had. I would have saved lots of money and heartache! I never thought I’d feel OK again, I thought my life would always be a struggle due to anxiety and OCD. After only 5 weeks I have my life back.”
Gill H – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“I owe my life to Charles linden …
...he was like an angel that came in to my life and made me believe that I can get rid of my anxiety. I love this man with all my heart .. he is saving lives! he is blessed by god .. he is simply blessed “
Rey – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“I just wanted to email you and say thank you so much for your book, it has changed my life.
I would have never had this feeling without your help. It’s not over, but I know it will be. I have set so many new goals and want to help people and meet people now. I just can’t thank you enough!”
Zach M – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Just wanna say a quick thanks… You’ve made sense of it all now and I’m working with your pack every day.
It all seems to be going well and I’ve started getting back into everyday life – even going swimming now. Worth every penny. Thanks Charles… The world’s a better place with people like you. I know your method can and will help 1000s of other people.”
Richard S – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“I just wanted to say how very grateful I am to your programme.
I found it during a time of suffering from acute anxiety and panic attacks. The programme turned me around so quickly, not a single panic attack since, and that was 4 years ago. I know I’ll never have another. Thank you so much.”
Julie G – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“Received my ‘Linden’ package; already much impressed!
I have gone from not wanting to leave the house to going to an hours appointment at the hairdressers. I took a book with me and realised that I was breathing properly, felt ‘normal’ and calm and even enjoyed a cup of coffee. The weeks prior to this I would bolt in, have my hair trimmed, and bolt out again, in fear of panicking. So yes, something has ‘clicked’.
After having anxiety attacks since childhood (I have just turned 60) this is miraculous to say the least. I have just retired from working in a Doctor’s surgery. In fact, in a job like mine, it very easy to imagine you have every illness in the book, not the best place for anxiety sufferer to work and yet I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
I have just started the nine pillars. I thought they might be complicated but in fact it is simple and make perfect sense, because I was dwelling on my sensations which were horrific all day long, but not any more. From now on I will not mention the a….. word!
Thank you for the ‘method’.”
Angela K – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
I PUT YOUR APPLICATIONS ON TOP OF WHAT I HAD ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED AND BECAME ANXIETY AND PANIC FREE!
I ordered your program on the 15th of this month… I believe I received the e-book, and materials on the 16th…
Less than 24 hrs later…
And A MAN OF YOUR WORDS!
I PUT YOUR APPLICATIONS ON TOP OF WHAT I HAD ALREADY ACCOMPLISHED AND BECAME ANXIETY AND PANIC FREE!
In actuality…the process took but a few hours to digest, but I was cautious about saying that I was “repaired”!
Note: I used the term “repaired”…as an alternative to the word “cured”…as you had said I did not have a disease!
Question: Have you ever heard of having a “soul mate”…or similar vocabulary as to your “persona” being the duplicate of another person somewhere in the World?
What is interesting is that it is alarmingly similar that…and do please note…I avoided using the words “fearful/scary”…
As my father in-law had always joked…
“It is like we went to different schools TOGETHER!”……
The analogy is the striking similarities of struggle in life’s challenges…and the “amazing” ability to “overcome” all adversaries!
I myself am a “non-medically” trained individual, not unlike yourself…
I found my “niche” in this world in the calling regarding “flight” and “aircraft”…
In my “hay-day”…some twenty-odd years past I was considered the “doctor”…
As, if there was a problem that could not be reconciled…people would turn to me… Hence the “nickname” DOC…
You are the same…helping “others” where no one else does!
I never asked myself where I could myself get “extraordinary” powers from? And the answer was in “adrenalin”…the same “adrenalin” which got out of control and caused the anxiety and panic. I just wanted to say Thank You… Thank You… your wife Beth…and your entire support staff…
I can NEVER go back to where I was in “LIFE”… and do not take my successes lightly. Although I grasped your knowledge quickly I have continued to grow each hour of every day. The endless possibilities a NEW DAY brings…are excitement to one’s heart, mind, and soul…
Robert B – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“I am writing to thank you for writing “The Linden Method” and to tell you about the profound change it has made to my life.
Three and a half years ago I was having help from a Consultant Psychiatrist, a Psychologist, a Mental Health Nurse and my G.P. I was taking 10mg of Diazepam and 45mg of Zispin daily. In spite of the medication I felt dreadful. I woke early in the morning with a churning stomach. I had to get up right away and I trembled for half of the day. Because food made me feel ill I had developed a food phobia and often chose not to eat. My weight plummeted and my mouth was always dry. I was afraid to go out and I went nowhere, did nothing and had no friends. My husband and family were loving and kind and patient but perplexed and unable to help me. My mind teemed with worrying thoughts and I often thought about ending my life and thought about how I could do that. I had been in this state for a year.
When I saw the advert for “The Linden Method” I felt I was clutching at straws but sent off for the Introductory Video. I immediately felt I could relate to what you were saying as I had discovered myself that talking about my condition at the “Anxiety Meetings” made me feel worse, not better.
I embarked on following “The Linden Method” and gradually persuaded the Health Professionals that I could manage without them. I was told by the Consultant Psychiatrist that I would never be able to come off Diazepam because I wouldn’t be able to cope psychologically.
Gradually, my food phobia went and now I am back to eating with enjoyment, cooking and baking and having to watch my weight! I love our little garden and growing things from seed and am experimenting with growing some fruit and vegetables. When my husband had an operation I was able to get the bus to Tesco, do a big shop and get a taxi back by myself, and shopping holds no fears for me now. I read avidly and am writing my memoirs at the request of my grandchildren. I am able to go on holiday again and in August I went to Scotland by train with my husband – something I hadn’t been able to do for many years.
I was able to regain my Christian Faith, to rejoin the Methodist Church, to meet again old friends who welcomed me with open arms and to become absorbed in all the activities of a very busy, caring church. I now have the joy of a loving God at the center of my life.
I am now optimistic. I am busy and very happy and there are so many things I want to do I have difficulty fitting them all in.
Thank you to Fiona. I didn’t phone The Linden Center very often but when I did her calm, helpful and caring manner never failed to help me and just to know she was there kept me going.
So, once again, Charles, thank you! I hope my story and my appreciation will repay you in a small way for what you went through and for your hard work in helping others.”
Shirley S – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
“I am extremely impressed with the Linden Center and its very simplistic, yet effective program. Having reviewed other methods available, this one surpasses the others!
My husband and I researched the Internet, newspapers, books, libraries, medical books and physicians to find some help, but nothing even comes close to the thought behind the Linden Method. In a matter of weeks, I observed my husband showing progress; and now several months into the Program, the change is remarkable and wonderful!
The “other” programs out there promised success, but it seemed to me that they were more interested in money, and not the well being of my husband or myself.
Being a nurse I was a little skeptical at first, but after educating myself on the actual program; I quickly changed my mind and felt more positive of the promises that the Program offered. I particularly enjoyed the video that Beth made. It really opened my eyes to what the Program really means and what commitment we must all make, to make this work.
There were times that my husband displayed anger over a situation or towards my response to a situation, but I have learned that I am correct in not supporting his old habits. Reinforce the good and dissolve the negative.
I do tell my husband on a daily basis how well he is doing… …and what gains he has made and that he should be proud of himself and what he has accomplished… …incredible!
Because of my background in conventional medicine: I was accustomed to fixing problems and concerns, by discussing, analyzing and then medicating. The Method makes much more sense! Why continue to “train your brain” to reinvent anxiety… …Why not erase that pathway and take the right road!!! Such and easy and sensible concept!
Very soon after initiation of the Program… …I could see my husband start to do things that brought joy, and cease doing things that were painful and unpleasant. It was so amazing to see the change happen before my very eyes!
I wholeheartedly agree 100% with the Linden Method. I have even grown from the Program and I do not have anxiety.
Thank you for offering such a wonderful uncomplicated, realistic program. It is such a joy to find people who really care that some one gets help; and not for the monetary gains.
Again, God Bless You all… for such a remarkable Program… …Glenn is Glenn again! What I mean by that is Glenn is better that he ever was… …so glad we found you, I do not know what we would have done!”
Joy S – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
I used to feel I was a carer; now we have fun together.”
“Like most toddlers, Joe had separation anxiety when I went back to work part-time and he started nursery at a year old. It got really bad though after starting school. Before bedtime he’d complain of feeling ill. He’d invent illnesses, such as sore toes! I knew it was leading up to not wanting to go to school. I kept telling him school was important, but he also had fear of failure, thought he wasn’t as bright as other children, though actually he’s very bright.
Most mornings Joe clung to me at the school gates, almost tearing my clothes, screaming, and holding onto my legs.
I checked – he wasn’t bullied. Once in school, other than being a bit of a wallflower, he was fine.
A friend who’s a mental health practitioner said Joe had symptoms of anxiety. So, when Joe was 9½ we consulted a child psychologist, costing £80 a session. It made Joe more afraid. “Mummy, am I going mad?” he’d ask. After two sessions he said the lady scared him. We didn’t go back.
Our GP said it was anxiety, and that it would go. I tried Rescue Remedy, which helped a little with his sleep. We both went to yoga, which, again, helped a little.
Last summer, as Joe faced starting senior school, it got really bad. He’d wake four or five times a night with nightmares and panic attacks. He stopped eating much, saying he felt sick. He lost weight, got headaches and felt dizzy.
I looked up school phobia on the Internet and found The Linden Method, devised by Charles Linden, who’s conquered his own disabling anxiety. By coincidence a friend said that another friend who has agoraphobia had begun investigating the technique.
I called The Linden Method number, and they were just launching their junior program.
While waiting for their manual and audio CDs to arrive, a Linden therapist gave me some pointers over the phone. She explained that anxiety isn’t an illness, it’s a habit, and that giving Joe a hug when he got into a state might inadvertently encourage it. She encouraged me not to reward the anxiety with attention, but to listen to him, then divert his attention onto something he enjoyed: football tricks, painting, reading etc. I’d got into the habit of sitting on the sofa with Joe, hugging him, and saying ‘it will be okay.’
One of the packs CDs guides relaxation for children. Joe and I do that together, and both fall asleep! Joe really enjoys it. It enables him to switch off. We also listened to the panic attack eliminator together. Joe realized that before bed he’d psych himself up, scared of waking with a panic attack. Almost immediately those attacks stopped. What joy to wake at 8am and realize you’ve both slept all night! For the first few weeks I rang The Linden Method therapists several times a week for support – with the program you get a year’s phone and online support. That’s a lifeline.
The manual and CDs taught me about anxiety and coping strategies. With the kids CDs Joe listened to Charles Linden talking about his problem, and it silenced his demons. After realizing it’s fear of fear that’s the problem, it was like a lightbulb switching on.
We started the program in early August. Within three weeks we both knew it was working. When Joe started senior school in September he was apprehensive, like any 11-year-old, but no panic attacks. On the way to school he said ‘I’ll be okay Mum’. That was a first!
At his old school teachers said Joe needed more confidence. Now he’s the one putting his hand up in class, is keen to see friends after school, and attend the after school club. Before he’d escape straight home. He’s a different boy.
I used to feel I was a carer; now we have fun together.”
Natalie Smith – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
Thank you SO much
“I thought I would write in as it has been a while now. The reason for my writing is to thank you all for the support you have provided me since I became a ‘methodite’ in August 08. At the time I know I was your worst customer and I dont need you to sugar coat it, I was ringing twice a day complaining that my condition had not improved vastly overnight.
With the benefit of time and even hindsight I can now honestly say my life has improved massively and it is down to the information your method provided. I soon became aware that the NHS are no great help with these conditions and that the only people in the world who can help and understand you are those who have been there themselves.
I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel and once again life is worth living. I have as good a social life as I have had in years, I am back in the gym, playing football twice a week, I am back in my stressful job and what is more I am managing and without any medication.
One of the key things your continued help and support allowed me to do was go through with my marriage in December 08 and for that I was and still am very grateful to you. The constant words of encouragement and the sheer explanation of my condition gave me an understanding of what was happening as well as a base to work from. I also feel, that with my darkest days behind me, I have become a much stronger person for my experience both physically and mentally and that hopefully this should not afflict me to the same degree ever again.
Thank you all so much and please do keep up the good work (the website is looking really good by the way and it is long overdue that you got some mainstram recognition!) You have the ability to change people’s lives and you continue to do that.”
James Hartley – Ex Anxiety Sufferer
P.S. In November you said that when I was felling better I should send you some wedding pictures. So please find enclosed a few along with a picture of myself in the Dominican Rainforest. The reason for this shot being that in the Method book it says your anxiety cannot and should not stop you going anywhere or doing anything. In light of how bad I was it shows what can be done.