The Key Trait That Predicts Recovery From Anxiety


Levels of anxiety appear on the rise today with many (often varied) options for recovery available. One recent study to catch my attention examined the role of hope.

223 adults received cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for one of four common anxiety disorders: social disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The results indicated that hope gradually increased during the course of CBT.

Further, the magnitude of changes in hope were consistent across different CBT protocols and across the four anxiety disorders examined.

This underscores the relevance of instilling hope in people. Hope was seen as a common element and a strong predictor of recovery. In practical terms, hope represents the capacity to identify strategies or pathways to achieve goals and the motivation to effectively pursue those pathways.

Hope is closely related to other positive psychology constructs, such as self-efficacy and optimism,
that have also been shown to have clear relevance to promoting resilience to and recovery from emotional disorders.” – Matthew Gallagher

To Sum Up:

is a key factor that can predict resilience and recovery from anxiety disorders.

Hope increases in therapy and is an important mechanism for therapists to restore in patients to help move them forward toward recovery.

Source: Matthew W. Gallagher et al. Examining Hope as a Transdiagnostic Mechanism of Change Across Anxiety Disorders and CBT Treatment Protocols.

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WellCoach Noel Lyons holds a Masters degree in Exercise + Health Science. Mixing 30 years experience with Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Sports Science and Best Practice, Noel coaches high performers worldwide to thrive (both personally & professionally) by maximising their Wellbeing levels.