Anxiety

Why does Anxiety Interfere with My Life So Much? Anxiety: Part 2/7

Why does Anxiety Interfere with My Life So Much? Anxiety: Part 2/7

Let's say you bought a fancy new car and installed a sophisticated alarm system to protect it from thieves. 
The alarm was quite an expense and you take great pride in it. The only problem is that it goes off when the neighborhood kids play too close to it. 
And when your cat climbs on the hood. And when there is a gust of wind. 
And for no apparent reason several times at night. You get the idea.

Anatomy and Physiology of Anxiety. Anxiety: Part 3/7

Anatomy and Physiology of Anxiety. Anxiety: Part 3/7

When we feel threatened, our attention is focused on the perceived threat. 
(Perceived is the key word - remember the overly sensitive car alarm? The threat can be real or nonexistent. As long as we perceive it as dangerous, we are on high alert). 
Our perception of the situation mostly depends on what we are saying to ourselves about it. Anxiety-related perceptions and thoughts revolve around the themes of danger (physical, mental, or social), threat, or vulnerability.

The Discovery of Oz the Terrible. Anxiety: Part 5/7

The Discovery of Oz the Terrible. Anxiety: Part 5/7

Remember The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book by Frank Baum? 
If you do, you must recall how everybody was scared of Wizard of Oz the terrible. 
The whole country lived in fear. But the powerful never-seen wizard turned out to be a humbug - an imposter. 
To reveal that, though, he had to be seen for who he was, - not for who he was trying to pretend to be. 
In a similar way, anxiety (and its close relative Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)) trick us into seeing danger in neutral, non-dangerous situations.