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Avoidance and Agoraphobia Come from Fear, Not Failure

Avoidance and Agoraphobia Come from Fear, Not Failure

Avoidance and agoraphobia come from fear, and they involve someone removing him/herself from a problematic situation. Neither avoidance nor agoraphobia is a sign of failure or weakness. They’re coping mechanisms. Why do people avoid anxiety-provoking or otherwise uncomfortable situations, and more, why do they develop agoraphobia? Some myths and stereotypes say that people living with agoraphobia are weak or lazy, failures at various things (Fear and Anxiety; The Meaning of Fear). Here’s why that’s wrong. 

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Anxiety and Racing Thoughts Slowed with This Meditation

Anxiety and Racing Thoughts Slowed with This Meditation

Anxiety brings with it a seemingly endless list of struggles and frustrations. A very common frustration, and one that for me is incredibly bothersome, is anxiety’s loud, unrelenting hyperactivity. The feeling of hyperactivity is sometimes related to anxiety’s racing thoughts.

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To Conquer Performance Anxiety, Get Excited

To Conquer Performance Anxiety, Get Excited

Everyone experiences anxiety and we all have different coping strategies. Among the most highly recommended self-help strategies for coping with anxiety, particularly performance anxiety before big meetings and public speaking, seems to be to simply remain calm. However, a recent study suggests that getting excited, the exact opposite of remaining calm, may be more effective at alleviating performance anxiety. The groundbreaking study aims to challenge conventional wisdom on coping with performance anxiety.

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Self-Medicating for Anxiety Myths and Facts

Self-Medicating for Anxiety Myths and Facts

When it comes to anxiety, it is important to separate the myths from the facts. There are plenty of anxiety myths we believe to help cope with our symptoms but many of us run into trouble when the myths we believe are simply not true. Perhaps one of the most common and dangerous anxiety myths is that self-medicating can help us get through an anxiety-provoking situation.

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Six Ways To Parent Children Through Anxiety

Six Ways To Parent Children Through Anxiety

At one time or another many of our children experience anxiety, worry, fear, and/or nervousness. As parents we lament our children’s suffering as it is our job to try to protect them. So when our children have anxiety-which is suffering-we panic.

This, of course, is the worst thing to do. We are teaching them that their fear is something to fear.

We must keep in mind that it is not fear that is the problem. Fear is biological and can be appropriate. (This fear can pass quickly.) When children experience anxiety, it is the fear of the fear that is the problem. In other words- it is the meaning we make around the fear that matter most to our mental state.

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Are You Afraid of The Dark?

Are You Afraid of The Dark?

I was afraid of the dark when I was little, and when I am a bit vulnerable, I still feel the same way. Light gives me the sense that there is hope. It connects me to reality when I feel out of control. Because I can see. And seeing is power.

Fear of the dark is a common fear

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Fear of Flying? Try This

Fear of Flying? Try This

I Was Afraid of Flying

The fear of flying is a common fear.  I had it in the worst way. For me, like many others, fear of flying especially increased after 9/11. I thought about being in a plane crash a lot.  A lot, a lot. Every time I heard a plane fly over, the video ran in my mind of myself sitting in an airplane after having just found out we were going to crash.

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YouTube Can Be Used For Exposure Therapy: Even With Emetophobia

YouTube Can Be Used For Exposure Therapy: Even With Emetophobia

Graduated exposure therapy, also known as systematic desensitization, is a process of slowly exposing someone to what they are afraid of so it become familiar and un-intimidating. First, a person is taught skills in calming themselves that they can use while they expose themselves to the feared stimuli.  With the dawn of the Internet (especially YouTube) people can use graduated exposure therapy in the comfort of their own homes (or in the therapy office).

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