"My name is Charles Linden. I am 50 years old and spent a large proportion of my life fighting acute anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, emetophobia, low mood and agoraphobia, GAD, panic disorder, OCD, derealization, depersonalization and an eating disorder for almost 26 years but, aged 26, I eliminated my conditions in days without medication, counselling or therapy... I did it myself.
The Method I used has become something very special indeed and now, after rigorous trials with people suffering with high anxiety conditions, it has been shown to entirely remove high anxiety conditions. Read that report here
Apart from providing support and recovery programmes to anxiety sufferers through 'The Linden Method', I also work in private practice counselling people with anxiety disorders through The Linden Centre and my practice in Harley Street London and managing my international team of specialists in the UK, USA, Denmark, Germany and Mexico.
My Method took seven years to develop into the recognised programme it is now. Since its launch, it has not only become recognised as THE drug free solution to anxiety disorders by academics, world health care practitioners and organisations, but is also receiving referrals from psychologists, doctors, psychiatrists, health authorities, insurance companies and other organisations from around the world.
The process is now an accredited professional therapy learned through the NCFE and the recovery process itself is aknowledged as the most successful treatment for all conditions of the emotions.
I am also a regular contributor to printed publications such as Natural Health, Women, Women's Own, Pick Me Up, About.com, Top Santé, OK magazine, many newspapers and anxiety disorder websites. I contribute to BBC radio, I also have my own TV series Stress Less with Charles Linden which is currently airing on international TV channels and available on DVD.
I appear on TV, including Channel 4's Gok Wan programmes and also appear in newspapers and magazines such as The Times, The Telegraph, Grazia, Vogue and many others.
I am also an official guide on SelfGrowth.com one of the World's most respected self improvement websites created by an amazing man called David Riklan, who I know personally.
In 2012 I was taken on as an author with Hay House publishing, the world's biggest self-help publisher and take part in their world health summit.
I was diagnosed in childhood as having severe anxiety, panic attacks, OCD and associated phobias. The doctor made this diagnosis on the strength of the symptoms I experienced at that time. I had experienced anxiety with OCD between the ages of 12 and 14 and was generally an anxious child but learned to live with the anxious feelings and thoughts, many of which I had experienced from perhaps even as young as 2 years.
After an anxiety 'breakdown' at the age of 23, my doctor prescribed antidepressants and sedatives and then kept re-prescribing them without question, however, they just made me feel progressively more ill and produced dramatic side effects; and then, when I tried to stop them, horrific withdrawal.
My life was in ruin, at 26 years of age I thought my life was about to end, fear consumed me and worse of all, no one understood how I was feeling, sympathised or helped me in any way.
Over the course of my condition, I visited doctors, psychologists, immunologists, hypnotherapists and hoards of alternative therapists, to name but a few; I am sure you have been down similar paths, searching for solutions, desperate for answers. Some therapies proved useful, if only because they were pleasant or relaxing, but nothing offered the hope of a cure. My doctors were at a loss, they prescribed drugs, but were they helping? No, they just masked the symptoms and produced others. It all became so confusing, I didn't know what to do next, I was desperate, but, this continued for five years!
I suffered from anxiety for many uncomfortable, scary and lonely years before I found the answers I needed and became well again.
I wanted to be well, but no one offered any hope of a recovery.
I decided that there had to be a cure and I had also met many recovered sufferers, although none of them were certain what they had done to recover. I decided to set about finding out what all those recovered anxiety sufferers had done to return to normal.
Over time and questioning hundreds of people, I discovered exactly what they had all been doing when they experienced a recovery and although they didn't know what they had done, I was able to gather data which showed me clearly what it was!
From this data, I compiled a set of principals which I applied to my life with immediate and dramatic results; I then condensed these principals and handed it to hundreds of fellow sufferers who immediately started to experience the same level of relief. These principals are the core of The Linden Method and now they have been used by tens of thousands of sufferers around the world.
After my recovery, I bumped into my psychologist in town and he told me that he was shocked to see me out of my house and that he had honestly believed that I would never be well again. He also said that he had hardly recognised me as I looked so healthy and happy. I told him what I had done to achieve the dramatic change and he raised his eyebrows in amazement.
My psychologist's reaction shocked me at the time, but after thinking over what he said, I don't think I ever expected to be well again either. I was also shocked at his lack of faith in, not only, his own abilities but at his complete amazement that recovery was possible at all. I then remembered that during my sessions, he used to refer to his treatment as anxiety management and it became clear that his sessions had been about making me comfortable rather than curing me.
Don't ever think you are alone with this condition, you are not, there are millions of anxiety sufferers in the UK alone. I have the greatest of sympathy with your situation and assure you that I know how you feel and desperately want to help you. We have the solution you seek, which I sometimes refer to as the 'Holy Grail'. Life isn't life when you suffer with anxiety, existence is not living... it is compromising on what you could and will have; a full, happy and healthy lifestyle.
When I talk about how I used to be, it is almost as if I am talking about a different person, as if it was all just a horrific blurred dream, but my god was it real; when I see photographs of myself back then, it brings it all into focus.
It took my wife and family a long time to convince me that what I did to get better was worth sharing with others and I guess I didn't believe it at first, but I now feel that the final step in my recovery came with the good feelings I got when the people I helped to recover thanked me.
During the years that I suffered with anxiety, I discovered a lot about myself and about other people with anxiety disorders. The one striking similarity between sufferers, contrary to what they might believe, is that they have strength that none sufferers just don't have. Recovered sufferers also discover a heightened level of awareness which makes them feel like a veil has been lifted and their lives are suddenly clearer than ever before.
If you decide to attend the retreat, I assure you that you will leave knowing exactly what causes your anxiety and exactly what to do to stop it.
The Linden Method has now helped over 190,000 people from all over the world; it boasts proven results better than any other anxiety, panic attacks, OCD or phobias therapy. It is my hope to make The Linden Method available to every sufferer and it is to this end, that I continue my research and development.
The recognition my programme has recently received from academics, medics and psychologists has made all the anxiety I endured and the years I lost to it, worthwhile.
My work with academics and psychologists has confirmed that my 25 years of anxiety suffering and the treatment of over 270,000 people over the last 22 years is qualification enough to be involved with such qualified and eminent academics and specialists. It makes me very proud of what my team has achieved.
Being anxiety free is already pre-programmed into you, all we do, is show you how to flick the anxiety switch to OFF."