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What is Anxiety?

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Have you ever wondered what anxiety felt like?

Robin Marantz Henig, writing for The New York Times Magazine, has penned a great (but lengthy) piece about anxiety — that non-specific feeling of nervousness that, for some, can be completely debilitating.

Anxiety differs from social phobia or other …

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What is Anxiety?

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  1. John: I’m so glad to read your blog on this article, I’ve posted it on mine too. Pearson’s description of the irrational thoughts and feelings that accompany anxiety is perfect–I know I’ve been there, and some days still am.

    For all the years that I’ve been a therapist and treated anxious children and adults, and having worked on my own anxiety my entire adult life, I find that a combination of techniques generally works best. Certainly turning off irrational thoughts is important, but “thinking” about doing that seems nigh impossible when anxiety suddenly hits. But using tangible objects to stay present centered and floating through the disturbing feelings instead of fighting them works wonders. Of course these techniques take practice, but once they are internalized, one feels empowered instead of out of control.

    Thanks for your great site.

    Regards,
    Diane
    http://overcomingschoolanxiety.com

  2. This is the best article that I have read about Anxiety. You seem to find the best support for your articles/explanations – that link from the end was great! Other time you supported your article with a movie, describing other disorders or personality features. I wish you’d have time to comment and recommend a few books and some more movies for each type of disorder or personality.

  3. Anxiety seems to be a growing issue. In our clinc in Australia, we’re using hypnotherapy successfully. The hypnotherapist works with patients to change their perspective and live in what we can best call “the now”, the present moment instead of projecting their fears onto the future. We also teach then self-hypnosis so they can start to re-program their minds. Thanks for your article.

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