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With Anxiety, You DO Have Control!

With Anxiety, You DO Have Control!

One of the biggest myths (tricks) of the Anxiety is that it makes you think you are out of control. Anxiety loves to make people feel that they are out of control. Believing this is one of the biggest problems for anxious people.  If they knew they had control, they would not be anxious.  For family members, friends, and mental health professionals, it is important that we deconstruct the belief that the anxious person is “out of control” and help him or her see what control they have, thus helping the anxiety decrease.

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The Biology of Fear

The Biology of Fear

Fear is a biological response. The fearful stimuli tells our amygdala to release adrenaline (our “fight or flight” hormone). The sole purpose of this is to give us energy to fight or flee. In other words, its purpose is to get us to act, once we act, the fear is pointless. And, usually goes away, since acting has us feeling empowered, not so out of control. Our focus becomes on our tasks at hand, and the worry get relegated to the background.

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Animal Therapy: Easing Anxiety With An Animal

Animal Therapy: Easing Anxiety With An Animal

In this video on animal therapy, you’ll see me and Appa! Appa is a good therapy dog. He is calm and loves to be cuddled.

Many people use animals to ease their anxiety. Fear and worries are washed away by connecting, loving, petting, breathing with animals. Countless people I know go to their loving pets when they feel anxious and receive the instant relief this unconditional love can provide. Anxiety can have us feeling so disconnected and lonely. Animals make us feel warm and belonging. Since they are always in the present moment. They provide a good model for us to be mindful!

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Is Anxiety Really About Having Control Issues?

Is Anxiety Really About Having Control Issues?

Anxiety makes us feel out of control, provoking anxious thoughts and feelings of inadequacy. Here are ways to manage those anxious thoughts.

Yes, control issues can cause anxiety, but it is much more complicated than that. Anxiety has us feel like we are “out of control.” This is one of its biggest tricks it has to stay in power over us. It is important for us to see how it makes us feel “out of control,” because once it is visible we can do something about it. 

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My Introduction to Anxiety at Age 5

My Introduction to Anxiety at Age 5

“Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.”

William Shakespeare, Julius Caeser

It was February 1977.  We tumbled out of our wooden paneled station wagon, returning home from Indian Princesses, a YMCA craft and activity program to enhance relationships between fathers and daughters.  

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About Jodi Lobozzo Aman, Author of the Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog

About Jodi Lobozzo Aman, Author of the Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog

Welcome to Anxiety Schmanxiety Blog!

Jodi is licensed clinical social worker and former anxiety sufferer. She is a counselor, mother, healer, lover, teacher, author and friend. She has been counseling children and adults since 1994, working with folks online and in her office.

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