Nature vs. Nurture: What Causes Abnormal Anxiety?

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I have to be honest with you, for a long time I didn't care what caused my anxiety. The only thing I really cared about was making it stop. This view, however, wasn't just short-sighted, it was flat-out dumb. In fact, there's good reason to ponder where your anxiety comes from. Mostly, it helps answer crucial questions like why this, why now and why me? The answer to these basic questions can provide critical insight and a massive dose of reassurance. You see, usually when people come down with anxiety, confusion quickly sets in. Clear

The 1 Strategy You Need to Lower Anxiety

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If you're struggling with anxiety right now there's a good chance that you feel overwhelmed. You might even feel like you're headed in the wrong direction and like things might get worse. But it doesn't have to be that way. What's crazy is that changing this mindset is relatively easy. All you have to do is rip a page out of your junior high algebra book and apply the concept of simplification. This is where you literally try to find the simplest form of a problem to make it easier to handle. The same concept can be applied to

Are You Really Going to Be Okay?

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You're probably not always confident about your ability to be okay. And I understand why. You are filled with doubt, negative anticipation, and fear, which isn't exactly a recipe for confidence, right? When you're calm you can tell yourself a hundred logical reasons why you are going to be okay, and in the moment things feel manageable. But the minute that anxiety knocks at your door, you freeze and wonder if this is the end - the day that your worst nightmare comes to life. This happens for several reasons, chief among them is the

9 Ways to Stay Motivated During the Recovery Process

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Are you sick and tired of feeling anxious and unmotivated at the same time? Millions of anxious people just like you experience terrible symptoms every day but struggle to do something about it. What if I told you that there was a better way? Well, there is, and today I'm going to tell you how it's done. First, let me back up a bit - when I was at the height of my anxiety I convinced myself that feeling other emotions was bad. Sure, I got anxious, but I couldn't control that. So, to maintain what little control I did have, I

This Simple Change Will Double Your Chances of Recovery

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My earliest memory of abnormal anxiety centers on my first panic attack. I remember everything about that night, including how confused I was afterward. I imagine that you must have felt something similar when this all started for you as well, right? You ended up confused, mentally paralyzed, and worst of all, stuck in a useless, unproductive cycle of worry and reassurance seeking. This, of course, is a problem if you ever intend to get better. You need direction; a firm expectation of full recovery. Not everyone would agree with

You Are Not Alone

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Everybody feels alone sometimes. But you face loneliness on a higher level because of over-thinking. You analyze and re-analyze every anxiety-riddled thought, symptom and experience which keeps you in perpetual contemplation. The problem is that as you muse away the day you create real distance between you and the world. That's why whenever you take the time to look up from your disaster fantasies, you might notice that you feel, or are, alone. But understand that the anxious thoughts you cultivate are responsible for

How to Lower Stress and Anxiety Without Taking Drugs

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Let me guess. You want to get better without taking drugs? Yes, of course you do. I did too. It sounds pretty good, right? No side-effects, no one questioning your toughness or stability; it would be perfect. What's crazy is that it isn't some wild dream. You probably agree, yes? That's why you're busy trying to imbue this dream with life. You eat right, you exercise, you meditate; it's all perfectly reasonable. And that's exactly why you feel so frustrated. No matter what you do, you're not making any progress. Even those of you that

A Personal Challenge From Paul Dooley

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I don't like New Year's resolutions because they don't work. The reality is that you can start to change on any given day. So I'm not going to ask you to set a goal with an arbitrary timeline. Instead, I want you to reflect on a few things. For starters, what are you going to do differently this year to lower your anxiety? I want you to take a step back and really think about that. After you and I stop stuffing our faces with cookies and pie (or is that just me?) this holiday season it's time to get serious about your

Why It’s Bad to Focus All Your Attention on Anxiety

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If I asked you to tell me what anxiety is I'm sure you'd do a fine job. After all, you know your stuff. You could probably tell me a lot about what your anxiety feels like, what fear feels like, even what terror feels like. I'm confident that you could give me all the intricate details. In fact, I'm sure you and I could easily get lost in the details of your latest complaint, but what would be the point? I know why you do it. You're on the lookout for danger. You're anticipating, calculating, always watching. To be fair, I