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A Cure For Anxiety?

I have GAD. I am well read on the subject, and spent some months with a psychotherapist and subsequently some months with a hynotherapist. Both had their place; hypnotherapy being more effective for me. I have spent the last two years changing belief systems; controlling negative thought patterns; doing deep relaxation daily (and regularly during the day); and have included yoga and exercise daily. I have excellent eating and nutritional habits. Eight months ago I had to sell my business because after all my changes (including relooking and changing all significant personal relationships) I still wasn't coping well. I have been on a spiritual and reading sabbatical for six months without ANY responsibilities or concerns, but my anxiety is still not manageable. I have avoided medications because I understand that they are not cures, just temporary symptom helpers. I'm not interested in temporary help from chemicals with side effects. I'm interested in a cure and starting to question whether that is actually possible--especially when I read of people having the disorders for 20 years or more. Can someone become 100% cured of anxiety disorders? (Please give me the straight stuff.) What are factors that prohibit cure, if patient is cooperative and follows all the programs for recovery? Can recovery be done without medications? Are there herbal alternatives? I've been reading about 5-HTP. What is your suggestion for the next line of action? Is there such a thing as an anxiety treatment center in the U.S.A.?

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