Orientation

Mindful Recovery does not replace therapists or psychiatrists. We are primarily a self-help fellowship providing self-help treatment options for people recovering from disordered anxiety. Mindful Recovery acknowledges that anxiety is the culprit in a broad range of distressed psychological conditions. Mindfulness-Based Anxiety Reduction is designed to work in coordination with professional treatment or independently. If you have recently endured a serious emotional trauma, been hospitalized for a psychiatric condition or if you have recurrent suicidal thoughts you should consult your mental health provider about your interest in participating in Mindful Recovery.

Mindful Recovery provides self-help treatment options for several types of anxiety:

1. Social Anxiety and Social Phobia are conditions that produce elevated anxiety when a person mixes with people or anticipates having to meet and mix with people.

2. Chronic Worry is a Generalized Anxiety in which a person is constantly apprehensive of possible disappointments or misfortunes. Procrastinating and feeling stuck are often associated with habitual worry and its tendencies to distract you from proceeding with your priorities.

3. Panic Disorder is a condition in which people fear that they may faint, fall, throw up or have a heart attack when there is no medical basis for the fear.

4. Phobias are terrors of specific objects or circumstances.

5. Traumas are the result of horrific experiences. These horrid experiences may result in intrusive recollections, thoughts and images that cause distress in varying degrees. If you have recently been seriously traumatized, seek professional care and wait six weeks before considering independent participation in Mindful Recovery. If your past traumas are indeed horrific or if you have terrible regret about your own behavior, delay using Mindful Exposure to Disturbances, Mindful Relinquishment of Maladjusted Coping Modes and Mindful Reunion with the Images of People. Use these imaging treatments with professional support. If you cannot secure professional support seek family and social support. Focus primarily on Mindful Exposure to the Large Breath, Mindful Exposure the Present and Mindful Exposure to Well-Being. These applications will provide you with the gradual exposure that will allow you to adjust and reduce your distress.

6. Compulsive Behaviors result from intrusive impulses to behave in unwanted ways. If you are suffering compulsions that are averting “unendurable” sexual impulses seek professional support before participating in Mindful Recovery.

I recommend that you proceed through these phases of orientation slowly. You will see the links on the right side of this page. Integrate your use of the media section with this written material. Each phase of the orientation requires thoughtful consideration. You will need to think: "How might this apply to me?" At the end of each phase I will recommend that you proceed to an assessment or treatment.

Cesar