Course you can call me Ross! Its better than "3 yeah" or "yeah x 3", which is what people call me when they want to tell me I suck, usually!
I agree with what you said up there and Im really glad that you are seeing results! Its especially cool when you realise its all because of the hard work YOU PUT IN, isn't it
To some of the other posts here:
There's not a psychologist, spiritualist or healer out there that can 100% 'cure' anxiety or depression - and nor would they claim to. The human condition naturally includes some element of all of these.
I think the difficulty some folks get into is thinking that a 'cure' means "becoming smooth, charming and sophisticated and picking up models every night of the week". Some people blame society for not granting them this right, or of taking it away from them, and some demand that the medical services or pharmacological companies solve their problem. Doctors become like surgeons of the soul who we resent for not giving us salvation. Perfection becomes the obsession and this can keep us stuck. How do I know? because thats exactly how I thought - my attitude was wrong and it kept me hurting no matter what I did. There are still others who feel so utterly helpless that they are utterly stuck. It is especially these guys that I hope SAS gives just that little bit of hope to to start on their own journey.
There isn't a 100% guaranteed 'cure' then, and if you're waiting until one comes out before you can be bothered to start on a journey to recovery, then you are keeping yourself at a level of pain that is unecessary. If you could make a gunshot wound go from 'permanently excruciating' to 'occasionally painful', wouldn;t you take it? Or would you say 'don't give me anything until someone invents a tablet that pulls out bullets, seals the wound and leaves no scar' ? I'd go for the analgesics every time.
There are many things you can do which have a HIGH PROBABLITY of easing a lot of your pain. As I an many folks here have discovered, the amount it can be reduced by, the things you can enable yourself to do, and the myriad unexpected benefits that a gradual journey of recovery can bring, are astounding.
Long term anxiety and depression are as much spiritual and philosophical problems as they are medical and psychological. They can calcify us and make us lose hope and become cynical. The only way to get the old glow and flexibility back is to just allow yourself, even for a moment, to believe that you can get better. The first step is having just enough faith in yourself to make the first steps on your own personal journey.