When you become an anxious person one of the first things to go out the window is your ability to tame fearful thoughts. This, of course, makes total sense. When you become sensitized by anxiety you literally make contact with the dark side of your mind and come to be over-focused on death and derangement. In your mind these two things aren’t just likely outcomes of your ordeal, but imminent threats that need to be warded off.
However, what’s interesting is that if you want to get better you have to do the opposite of fight or escape. Instead, you have to crawl into your anxious mind and actually take a look at what’s going on in there. Granted, running away from your scary thoughts sounds easier, but the outcome of continued avoidance is not likely to provide you with any relief.
So what will?
I suppose there are many options. But to me what makes the most sense is treating your high anxiety like the trauma that it is. Sure, it might be trauma with a small t but still, don’t underestimate your level of suffering. There’s no way that you have dealt with as much as you have and come out the other side unscathed.
My theory is that when you first got struck by high anxiety your ability to cope with it was overwhelmed – causing fear, confusion, and the physical activation of the fight or flight response, which is a big deal. Lest we forget, the fight or flight response is designed to help living things confront life and death situations, literally. So although your first panic attack was not a direct threat to life, your brain sure as hell couldn’t tell the difference.
That’s why I think that participating in trauma focused therapies could be enormously helpful. They specifically tackle disturbing thoughts and memories, which is precisely what you should be doing if you’re serious about getting better. Once you learn to “reprogram” these distorted thought patterns you can begin the healing process.
This episode of The Anxiety Guru Show will teach you what two forms of therapy are the most effective at doing just that.
In this episode you’ll discover:
- One of the newest forms of therapy used to treat victims of trauma
- The differences between this new form of therapy and my all-time favorite therapy
- Who can provide this kind of service to you
- What steps you can take when you feel like you’ve just hit a wall and aren’t making progress
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