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Why does running away only help anxiety temporarily?

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Running away from what you fear only reduces the anxiety temporarily, as you need to be exposed to your feared situation/object in order to eradicate your anxiety. By not confronting your feared stimulus, you only make your anxiety worse and this avoidance just maintains your belief that the feared stimulus will harm you or that you can't cope. However, if you expose yourself to your feared stimulus without help, then you risk making your anxiety and avoidant behaviors even worse. That's why you need help from experts, such as those who contibute to AnxietyBoss.com.

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answered Aug 12, 2016 by drcarlo (295,840 points)