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Anxiety

Fear, anxiety, stage fright, social phobia, stress - and how to manage.

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So you’ve decided to get an early start and be productive. You grab a cup of coffee... sit down in front of the computer facing the stark emptiness of your blank screen.... Nothing comes to mind. Your eyes conveniently notices the flashing email icon in the corner of your screen, suddenly drawn like a magnet, you decided to check your email. Many of us have experienced this form of procrastination. Where we give into the rationalization that once these convenient distractions are completed and put to rest, we can create. When in reality, this is an indication of our own internal resistance to facing the act of producing something.

Are there regular times in the week when you feel distressed and preoccupied by anxious feelings about work, school or other significant responsibilities? One client describes difficulty falling asleep on Sunday night, another woke every morning filled with a feeling of dread and anxiety. His mind spun with relentless fantasies about making poor decisions at work or about being fired from his job. Another woman found herself feeling exhausted every morning, even though she had had a good night’s sleep... Underneath their anxiety and fear there was a great deal of powerful rage.

Depression and anxiety are sometimes hard to tell apart. While they may seem like completely different conditions, chronic depression can hide anxiety, while people who suffer from general feelings of anxiety may actually be experiencing a symptom of depression. Further, when people begin treatment for depression, the new focus on underlying issues sometimes causes anxiety symptoms, such as frequent heart palpitations, agitation and feelings of nervousness.

'Fear of success' is a future-looking idea: it is about your relationship to the success that might come your way one day. ‘Anxiety of success’ is a now-looking idea: it is about your relationship to the success you are currently experiencing...‘Fear of success’ can be dealt with cognitively: you notice how your thoughts are weakening your resolve and you replace those self-sabotaging thoughts with thoughts that serve you. The anxiety that arises from actual success, on the other hand, must be dealt with behaviorally. You must do something with the new offers coming in, the fan mail, the interview requests, the invitations to excess and distraction.

How many times have you set your self a goal to achieve something you've never achieved before; you've been highly motivated and really excited at first but in short time, you find you give up or quit? There is a small almond shaped organ in your brain called the Amygdala, which must share some of the blame. The Amygdala is a small almond shaped set of nuclei that sits in the brain. Its job is to send out certain chemicals to the body when needed, that cause you to feel fear, anxiety, doubt and even depression. You may be wondering why on earth Mother Nature would equip us with such an organ; let me explain.

A research news article reports, “The amygdala is known to be involved in social anxiety, posttraumatic stress, and obsessions and compulsions, and is now being linked with separation anxiety and general anxiety.”

The Evolution of Anxiety

The amygdala is old. Real old. It's part of what is often called the "reptilian brain" - and one of the main jobs of the amygdala is assessing danger and keeping us safe.

The best way to overcome a fear of flying is to approach treatment from a systematic approach that covers not only the safety of flying itself, but that teaches you how to modify your reaction on board...

While anxiety is often viewed as a negative reaction, it has been determined that there are certain types of anxiety that are actually considered to be productive. One of the types of anxiety that is considered to be positive in one form or another is existential anxiety. Individuals that experience this form of anxiety often have a heightened awareness that they have personal freedoms. They know and understand that each decision that they make has both responsibilities as well as consequences. Therapists that discover that their patients have this condition often determine it to be positive to self-growth.

Sometimes it is just nice to know that we are not alone with this condition. Even celebrities suffer from anxiety. Late nights, bad dietary habits, money and work stress, long days and jet lag take their toll on anyone, regardless of age. Anxiety sufferers are getting younger and younger, the condition can strike anyone at any time. This is a list of famous people who are reported to have suffered from anxiety:

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