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How do you get over a fear of anxiety itself?

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I don't have any specific triggers, but I worry about being nervous and not being calm, which induces anxiety.
asked Mar 21, 2017 in General by Gregory

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What you are describing is anticipatory anxiety, where you are worried and fearful about being anxious. This fear of anxiety itself then tends to make the anxiety worse, as you fear the anxiety, and you fear the bad things associated with it, such as physical symptoms of anxiety (chest pain, butterflies in the stomach, trembling, lump in the throat, etc.). In addition, you may be fearful of the social consequences of your fear of anxiety, such as avoiding situations or people that make you anxious. The best way to get over the fear of anxiety itself is to break the negative cycle of anxiety. You have to identify what makes you anxious, and you have to stop the maladaptive behaviors (such as avoidance) which only serves to continue your anxiety symptoms.
answered Mar 31, 2017 by drcarlo (295,840 points)