Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for Anxiety By DonnaI have been off benzos for just over two years and would like to make a suggestion to those dealing with anxiety, whether benzo-related or pre-existing. EFT is something you can do for yourself, which considerably reduces the levels of any negative emotion, whether it be anxiety, anger, fear or whatever. In many cases, I have found that the issue is completely resolved.
Gary Craig, who developed the program, says "All negative emotions are caused by a disruption of the body's energy system." EFT involves tapping on certain acupuncture points in sequence while stating a carefully worded affirmation. You can read about EFT, download the FREE manual, and find out everything you could possibly want to know about it at http://www.eftuniverse.com/ so please go there if you have questions. EFT has helped me overcome the benzo-related agoraphobia that has been one of the lingering effects of my CT from .5 mg of Xanax, reinstatement, and Valium taper over a three-month period.
I was very sceptical that EFT, which is a very simple technique, could have any effect on my PTSD, anxiety and depression which preceded my being prescribed Xanax for a hyperactive thyroid. The $60 I invested in the basic EFT course on DVD is the best investment I ever made in my life. It consists of 7 DVDs and 2 CDs, one of which contains the manual in PDF format. Not only have I resolved long-standing issues very quickly, but have found that no matter what I'm dealing with, a few rounds of EFT keeps me centred and in a positive frame of mind. Not only are the DVDs inexpensive when compared to even a one hour's visit to my shrink, you are allowed to make up to 100 copies of them to pass on to people you feel might benefit. There is only one caveat.... you have to actually DO the technique, not just read about it, for it to work. Even if it seems silly, JUST DO IT.
I have been so impressed with it that I've developed a simple "tapping" EFT song for a friend to use with her toddlers when they are having a meltdown. Another friend has overcome her severe anxiety about her computer and being technologically challenged using EFT. I am sharing what has worked for me. Take it or leave it. It's worth a try.
Peace and Balance,
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Last updated 22 July 2015