Every year I do an audit of the anxieties and fears we treat and how long it took to treat them. There are five numbers to look at.
- Frequency - the number of people presenting with a particular fear or anxiety.
- Control average - The average time (in days) it took to get the fear or anxiety to level 3 (0 = no feelings of anxiety or fear. 10 = Maximum anxiety and fear feelings). Level 3 is a definition of the disorder being under control by the individual. Most people present to us at levels 8-10.
- Control range - How long in days (quickest to longest) it took to get the disorder to get to level 3 (see notes above).
- Discharge average - the average time (in days) it took individuals to feel they had the fear or anxiety under control enough to discharge themselves from the programme. Usually at level 0.
- Discharge range - How long in days (quickest to longest) it took to get the disorder under complete control (to get to level 0 or 1) and to discharge themselves or leave the programme having been successfully treated.
|Anxiety / Fear||Frequency||
|Control Rng||Discharge Av||Discharge Rng|
|1. General Anxiety Disorder||403||12||4 - 21||16||11 - 33|
|2. Social Anxiety Disorders *||368||9||3 - 16||16||13 - 21|
|3. Fear of Rejection||360||10||7 - 14||16||12 - 22|
|4. Fear of Failure||337||11||7 - 20||17||14 - 31|
|5. Fear of Meetings||324||9||5 - 17||15||7 - 20|
|6. Panic or Anxiety Attacks||211||7||2 - 9||10||6 - 19|
|7. Public Speaking Anxieties||209||8||5 - 16||15||7 - 19|
|8. Agoraphobia||194||7||3 - 22||19||8 - 34|
|9. Sexual Performance Anxieties||162||14||7 - 30||23||11 - 38|
|10. Fear of Flying||131||9||7 - 18||16||12 - 19|
*Social anxiety disorders (SAD) include fears and anxieties around being in social situations, meeting people, dating, having to talk to people unexpectedly, going to gatherings etc.
- The top three fears and anxieties tend (but not always) to be versions of a fear of rejection.
- When I started conducting therapeutic interventions the presence I was surprised about the predominance of a fear of meetings. At first I assumed a fear of meetings was a subset of public speaking anxieties, however over the years I have come to recognise both the prevalence of this disorder and its grounding in a fear of rejection, social anxieties and public speaking issues.
- The treatment times are only for the period until the disorder is brought down to levels 0 (no anxiety) or 1 (aware of a minor heightened sense of arousal) this does not include the confidence and assertiveness phases of the programme. I firmly believe that to just treat an anxiety or fear is not enough as it leaves the client susceptible to forming similar fears and anxieties at a later date. To prevent this I usually include a confidence and assertiveness skills course to prevent this occurring.