About Jon Mercer

jm2round.jpgJon Mercer, MA, is a personal development coach, author and entrepreneur who suffered for more than 20 years with serious anxiety and panic attack problems.

In Jon's own words "I had a difficult childhood and by the teen years had developed the beginning stages of social phobia and panic attacks. Of course, at that age I had no idea what was happening to me, which made the symptoms all the more confusing and painful. I also made the very common mistake of trying to hide my symptoms and feeling ashamed of them, something that I now know never helps."

After Studying Psychology and Philosophy, Jon moved to Europe, where he lived and worked for 10 years. In 1994, Jon's anxiety and panic attack issues took a turn for the worse, and he was put on anti-anxiety medication by his doctor and told to expect to be "on the meds" the rest of his life. This was the beginning of a 6 year 'addiction' to antidepressant medicines.

At the time, Dr's were "certain" that these medications (SSRI's) were NOT addictive. But he learned better when trying to get off them a few years later, encountering horrible withdrawal symptoms.

Eventually, with the support of his family and friends, Jon managed to get off the medications. Jon recalls, "this was my first real step toward recovery from panic and anxiety. In the years that followed, I studied anxiety-based problems and treatments of all types, amassing a huge library of information from a variety of sources and perspectives, trying to find the one "key" that would release me from these problems. I learned an enormous amount about the problem, both from personal experience and academic study, and finally discovered a combination of techniques and practical exercise that at first "controlled, and then eliminated the anxiety and panic problems I had dealt with for so long."

In the years that followed, Jon began working as a personal development coach, helping clients from all over the world overcome their anxiety and panic issues. The EasyCalm method is the culmination of Jon's experience coaching individuals one-on-one for so many years. Jon: "I'm really grateful for the many positive emails we get about the series. It's great to wake up to a new "success story"waiting in my inbox. Makes my whole day."
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