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Nature of Anxiety
anxiety as a paraside

Anxiety Symptoms as a Parasite

Every living thing wants to survive and reproduce. So does anxiety. Anxiety can be thought of as a parasite that finds an area of vulnerability and burrows in. Like every parasite, anxiety’s survival comes at the expense of the host. Typically, you’ll notice anxiety symptoms in connection with some area of insecurity, perhaps your health, your relationships, your finances, or your work.

Agoraphobia
agoraphobia symptoms

Agoraphobia Symptoms and Treatment

Agoraphobia represents a fear of situations where feelings of entrapment, helplessness, or embarrassment might arise. The person avoids such situations. Agoraphobia may develop secondary to panic disorder. The person may be completely housebound or travel outside the home only with their “safe person.”

What are the Symptoms of a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is a surge of intense, overwhelming anxiety. Symptoms come on suddenly and usually peak within ten minutes. With panic, the fight-or-flight system has been triggered, preparing the person for emergency action. The result is both intense anxiety and physiological arousal. Bodily symptoms include rapid heart rate, chest pain, choking, dizziness, sweating, nausea, and trembling. Psychological symptoms include fear of going crazy, fear of dying, and depersonalization or derealization.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Rumination: Nature and Therapy

With rumination, one central thought or string of thoughts repeats in your head over and over and over again. You are not simply a detached observer to this process. Instead, you are deeply involved with the thoughts that are repeating. The thoughts can reflect intense stress, and they may be accompanied by the belief that obsessing about your problems will eventually produce a solution.

Affirming Progress During Exposure

Exposure therapy is considered a standard of treatment for the anxiety disorders. Exposure is where the “rubber hits the road.” You can talk about your anxiety all day, but until you’re faced with the thing you fear, it’s just talk. But what happens when clients try to take on their anxiety and have to pull back or bail out? How do we frame that in order to support progress? The solution lies in affirming one’s own attempts. Exposure therapy is a graded process. The process of self-labeling (e.g., “I am a failure,” or “I will never recover”) is ultimately self-defeating.

Therapies
Postive what-if thoughts lead to joyful possibilities

The Positive What-if Thought

Positive what-if thoughts are the very opposite of catastrophic thoughts. What if people find something positive in me that they both like and respect? What if my boss sees my progress, my dedication, and loves my work? What if I grew as a person, not in spite of setbacks, but because of them? What if I decide to set aside my insecurities, so that they no longer limit me?

Techniques
Postive what-if thoughts lead to joyful possibilities

The Positive What-if Thought

Positive what-if thoughts are the very opposite of catastrophic thoughts. What if people find something positive in me that they both like and respect? What if my boss sees my progress, my dedication, and loves my work? What if I grew as a person, not in spite of setbacks, but because of them? What if I decide to set aside my insecurities, so that they no longer limit me?