What is the Linden Method? Most people who suffer from anxiety disorders have probably come across this anxiety treatment, created by Charles Linden, a former anxiety sufferer who managed to overcome anxiety and shares the method in his book. On the internet, you can find different opinions, varying from “complete scam” to “extremely effective”, especially on Amazon, which makes it even more intriguing. Is the Linden method a scam, or will it actually help you overcome anxiety? I was skeptical and had to find it out myself.
I never recommend you anything I wouldn’t use myself just to earn an affiliate commission. It’s tempting, but completely against my values. So before I could write a review, I had to see it with my own eyes. But paying $47 for an ebook of dubious value is quite a risk, to be honest. Luckily, I have a friend who’s got a digital copy and allowed me to take a closer look at it without purchasing one myself.
Who is Charles Linden?
Charles is a stress and anxiety recovery coach that works with actors, film companies, football and other sports clubs, TV companies and corporates.
Apparently, he is a real person. There are photos of him with celebrities all around the web, but he’s neither a psychotherapist or a psychologist.
He is an ex-sufferer who developed a method of his own which worked for him. And an expert in self-marketing with a big ego.
What Is the Linden Method?
Charles Linden claims his method to be
the most successful, supportive and simple treatment for anxiety conditions. (…) Tens of thousands of sufferers worldwide have used this method to become completely anxiety free.
Sounds really promising, even though we are unable to verify it in any way. But how does the Linden Method work? That, my dear, remains a secret until you buy the product, so let me tell you briefly what you will find inside.
The manual includes a book or pdf, CDs, a DVD, 12 months free unlimited counseling support from qualified counselors and psychologists and a 365 Day money back guarantee. The whole system was designed to ease anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, OCD and PTSD. I’m no mental health professional, but as far as I know, these are quite different conditions and I don’t believe that one method can cure them all.
From the Linden Method manual you will learn about:
- Different kinds of anxiety disorders and its symptoms,
- Diet tips for reducing your anxiety (which are nothing revolutionary, to be quite honest),
- Smoking and alcohol as a harmful way of dealing with anxiety,
- Tips for dealing with insomnia,
- Distraction tricks and breathing techniques that let you control panic,
- The symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome and how to deal with it,
and some other tips.
What seems quite suspicious though is the 9 Pillars of the Linden Method. Basically, points 1 to 7 tell you not to look for any other methods but the Linden Method, because reassurance is one of the habits that makes you feel more anxious. Well, that’s true, but Linden uses it to his advantage and with that he wants to convince you that his method is the only one that works. Quite arrogant 😉
Essentially, it’s like cognitive-behavioral therapy with healthy diet and breathing techniques. And CBT is a scientifically proven method for overcoming anxiety that works, so no surprise here.
There are some useful strategies and breathing exercises that will allow you control panic.
As for the audio, Charles Linden has a nice British accent pleasant to the ear.
I agree that benzodiazepines don’t solve the problem, they make you feel better for a short time. That’s why I was told to take it only for a week to avoid addiction.
There is a 365-days satisfaction guarantee and they give the money back if it is not working for you.
Whenever someone claims his method is the one and only and tells me to stop seeing my psychiatrist whom I trust, a red light switches on. Especially that he refuses to back his theories with serious scientific research or at least provide bibliographic references.
And if he’s so convinced about it, why would he put a disclaimer that completely contradicts the 9 pillars telling you not to do anything without consulting your doctor first? A-ha! I got you, Charles! Doctors at least take responsibility for what they do.
Distraction may work as a short-term solution to drive your attention away from the stimuli that cause anxiety or panic, but it doesn’t solve the problem underlying it. It’s about suppressing your feelings more than anything else.
The guy goes on telling you his story on several dozens of pages, which is, frankly, not as exciting as he believes. I only read the beginning and had to skip it.
They claim it’s the only think that works, so if you try it and it doesn’t work out for you, it’s probably your fault, because you didn’t stick to the 9 Pillars. Very clever indeed.
According to what people on Amazon report, to claim your money back you need to mail the product to the UK, and not to where it was shipped from. So you basically lose half of your refund on that.
I can say nothing about their support team because I had no contact with them, but you can read a real customer’s account here.
Last but not least – his writing style… He tries to give himself more authority writing in ALL CAPS and overusing imperative. Pretty annoying. There is too much of rhetoric and little scientific data. Whenever he writes: “This works, trust me!”, “take it as truth”, or “this is the only resource you need”, I feel manipulated.
Does The Linden Method Work? My Final Word
Charles Linden didn’t invent anything revolutionary, he just took the principles of CBT therapy and sells it in a new package. What is the Linden Method? It looks pretty much like guided self-help based on CBT principles. For those of you suffering from panic disorder, it may even be helpful. For GAD it seems pretty useless, though. Does it work? If it cost $5, I would say go ahead and try it yourself. But $47 is, in my judgment, a lot of money for the kind of advice you can hear from a friend for free (there are different prices on Amazon and their website, which sells it as an app for as little as $159) . The secret that Linden discovered after 24 years of battling anxiety is that it’s only in your head. Sorry for the spoiler. I wouldn’t waste my time and money on that.
Here’s a complaint presented to ASA, the UK’s independent regulator for advertising across all social media. Notice that all the statements contained in their advertising that the customer questioned were regarded as “misleading”. Linden (or whoever is employed to promote his method) is a masterful internet marketer who writes really good copy that sells, but the product itself is nothing I would recommend. If you are looking for a way to overcome your anxiety, try real CBT with a guidance of a mental health professional, together with meditation.
If you are prepared to spend this money on something to help you, then perhaps it’s better to meet with a psychotherapist, who will explore with you the causes of your anxiety, behavior patterns and find an individual solution. Many therapists offer a free consultation before you decide to commit to therapy, so it’s a good idea to meet with a couple of them and chose the one that seems most trustworthy to you.
Those who want to buy a self-help book on anxiety can choose from plethora cheaper and – in my opinion – better options, such as The Anxiety Toolkit: Strategies for Fine-Tuning Your Mind and Moving Past Your Stuck Points.
Have you tried the Linden Method yourself? What do you think about it? Feel free to share your thoughts, you don’t have to agree with me to get published, but please explain your reasons. Apparently, they sometimes sue people for not being able to publicly acknowledge the value of their wonderful method. Keep that in mind!