I HAVE to chime in on this!!! I'm 52, so I've been around a couple of blocks! I USED to think I was "tough enough" and all that bullsh*t. I was slowly getting a little worse though, so it was hard for me to start seeing a CBT-Therapist! A good one will challenge you, and the many erroneous thoughts you have. Together with a year of Zoloft, and "rewiring" my screwed-up thought-patterns and worry-thoughts that many of us fallen into, I'm now a MUCH different person! I've been off Zoloft for a year now, and am overall "cured"!
CBT was tremendous for ME. I'm no longer scared of "thoughts" & "fears about thoughts". Once you learn WHY you think the way you do, most anxiety just withers away. It DOES take some thought-practice, and you will come to certain "realizations" in your recovery journey. I know this may sound corny, but it's TRUE for ME...you CAN become the Master of your own mind again!
It's hard to MENTALLY change...or admit that you need to. >>> I DID <<< though, & so can you.