photo by Travelling Steve
I need to tell you one thing before I start reviewing this product – this is my opinion and experience. Some may have experienced help and relief from fear and panic using this method (I’m not going to say you didn’t), but it made me worse. I’ll also tell you why I don’t think you should buy from them.
Let’s get down to the review.
Right after Christmas my Mom saw on Dr. Carolyn Dean:
For anxiety I often recommend the Linden Method that you can access online.
Her words have a lot of weight in our house because we trust her to look into and have good reasons why she recommends it. (I’ll be sending her this review so she can double check, especially since she’s been recommending it more) But on this one I don’t agree with her.
Unfortunately I didn’t read the reviews on Amazon or I could have saved myself the hassle. So I ordered the digital program in a hurry because it was on sale and I didn’t want to miss that, plus it said it had a 1 year satisfaction guarantee. (The “special pricing” hasn’t changed from what they had called the “special price” in December – still $87.00.)
I got it was excited and threw myself into trying it. My anxiety symptoms had almost disappeared on the GAPS diet and I thought this would just finish them up. I’d been struggling a little again and just wanted them gone. I couldn’t wait for it to work and I fully believed what Charles was saying was the key.
I worked on each step, moving quickly through ones like “Talk to your doctor about stopping your medication” because I wasn’t on any medications.
But then I hit the final 5 pillars which include not talking with others about how you feel, seeking others for help, and keeping diverted. There are others, but I don’t want to cause a problem with copyright (though you can read them all in one of the reviews on Amazon).
They were hard but I gave them an honest try.
I started to wonder if it was working when one friend called me wondering if they had offended me during this time since I seemed so distant and not my usual self. Uh oh.
photo by programwitch
Before I tell you one thing you need to understand that I need the connection of talking with people about my problems. If I’m mad or sad (or am experiencing any strong emotion) I need to talk it out. Otherwise I feel sick and just can’t shake obsessing over it. It just doesn’t work for me – I know that now.
So I’d been obsessing on: all my fears, trying to fix my fears, and on distracting myself. I felt like nothing was working and I was just running around in circles.
Well, one night the stress of not talking got to me and I started hyperventilating. It’s a weird feeling isn’t it? My Mom told me not to feel guilty at needing to talk once and a while.
I tried not to feel guilty when I had to talk and I really tried not to say anything, but it wore on me and my digestion. I just started going backwards! After all I’ve come through that’s NOT what I wanted to happen.
Finally my Mom said I needed to stop. I agreed but wanted to give the Linden Method one more try. When you buy their package you also get 1 year of free Unlimited Qualified Support by email or phone. So I headed to their client email support. You only get 300 characters in which to write your problem and when I did I got first an auto responder reminding me to make sure I was doing the program. I checked and was.
It was horribly punctuated and obviously cut and pasted from a standard reply and it all boiled down to:
We can really assure you that when you implement the 9 pillars and all the fast track to recovery advice this in turn, gives your life a new daily structure and gives your mind new information to process which break the cycle that is triggering the problems permanently (directly copied from my email)
I’d had it. I’d been trying and I was worse then I’d been in over a year. I wrote a long email back to them with my frustrations and told them I wanted my money. This is what they told me I’d have to do to get it back – remember that this is a 100% money back guarantee -
Email of February the 29:
Hi there H……,
Many thanks for your email
We are very sorry that you are feeling that the method cannot help you
The specialist support does have some ‘standard ‘ e mails because we do get asked the same questions about certain things and it would make no sense to write the same information repeatedly
You are welcome to a refund as promised – this is our guarantee
Obviously much of your e mail pertains to your problems (why wouldn’t they pertain to my problems? that’s what I need help about*) and as you are quite sure you do not wish to continue with the method it would not make sense to try and offer further support (why not try and see if you can retain me as a customer) and help if you are not actually doing the method on any level (I had been and if they’d offered help I would have tried one more time)
If you ordered the downloaded version, please send your client membership card by insured/tracked delivery to the address below .
The Linden Method
In either case, please include a cover letter, detailing your your order details as follows:
- Full Name
- Email Address
- Receipt/Transaction number
- Purchase Date
Once we have received the material we will initiate the refund process. Proof of postage is NOT proof of delivery, therefore failure to insure the returned material could result in its loss and therefore negate the terms of the refund policy. The terms and conditions can be found on our website.
We hope this is all the information you need
The Linden Method
*Italics are mine, and here’s the terms and conditions.
Yes, I had to send it back to the UK as insured, registered mail which cost me a total of $15.15. And I couldn’t register it for anything more than $47.33. I sent it and waited. It says that once they receive it it can take 7-10 before you receive your money. I waited to ask about it until the tracking said it had reached Britain on the 4th of March. (It didn’t say it was delivered and I was afraid it was lost.)
The Linden Method hadn’t received it and asked for the tracking number I sent it and this is what they told me:
We have tried tracking this using the number but it just says it arrived in UK at sort facility on 4 March. It doesn’t actually says it’s been delivered here which makes me think it hasn’t been tracked in this country. Can you check with the USPS and see what they say because if you sent it registered mail and it has gone missing, then you will need to claim compensation from them.
After reading those Amazon reviews I felt like they were either lying or would prefer the Post Office to pay me. What I hadn’t told them was I called the US Post Office (they gave me wonderful assistance) and started an inquiry, into what happened to the letter, on the 23rd of March. They said they could see it was out for delivery on the 4th, but then nothing.
So I didn’t answer the above email from the Linden Method and low and behold on the 2nd of April they changed their tune and credited me with $87. I was so happy! It was over and I’d gotten my money back.
photo by Debbie C
So after all that I’ve been through with them I just wanted to warn you to give this a good look over before you buy it. Actually I want to scream at you “don’t buy it!”, but I’m trying to let you make the decision (oh, it’s hard).
Personally, I think GAPS works much better for anxiety.
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