COVID 19 has confronted our desire for (and delusions of) predictability and control. Nobody has been here before. What is normal? There certainly is more uncertainty than anybody finds comfortable. Building on the circle of influence we can confront the COVID 19 anxiety.
This century is characterized by high levels of anxiety (the normal automatic emotional response to perceived threat) and worry (a mental strategy to avoid danger). While anxiety and worry is normal, many people experience these in excess. Here follows a variety of common thought traps that prevent you from having a corrective learning experience about anxiety. Continue reading Worry theory: Overcoming common thought traps
While engaging in therapy for anxiety, you will be invited to face your fears. The trouble is, you may have various additional fears that make this process challenging. Here is a quick look at some common “what if” thoughts that maintain your experience of anxiety and a few suggestions on how to overcome them. Continue reading Is “What if” maintaining your panic?
Many (if not most) people are challenged by uncertainty and find that it causes anxiety. Persons affected by the Fees Must Fall movement could be experiencing periods of uncertainty (e.g. when will we go back to class, what if I get arrested during a peaceful protest). Here is what you should know about anxiety Continue reading Fees must fall: Anxious, so now what?
1 in 10 persons develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after exposure to a traumatic incident. Traumatic incidents refer to episodes of witnessing or experiencing violence that threaten a human life or human dignity. There has been much speculation about COVID-19 and the traumatic experience some may experience because of it. It is important to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms that indicate that additional support could be beneficial to you. Continue reading PTSD for beginners
I am sure every household has it: The cupboard where things get shoved into while you hold the rest of the contents back with another arm before you close the door with your foot. At any moment this cupboard could swing open and spill it contents on the floor – or worse, fall all over you. Avoidance of the linen or Tupperware cupboard, perhaps?
Sometimes our memories can be like this. Uncontrollable, they spill out whenever they feel like it. Painful. Perhaps even shameful. It’s easy to succumb to the temptation to avoid these feared memories, but is it helpful?
Perhaps you can relate to Tim Urban, the master procrastinator.
Avoidance and unhelpful beliefs are the two primary factors that maintain fear. Thus the effective treatment for anxiety requires that a) you confront those beliefs and b) face those fears. Exposure therapy is a technique which challenges both aspects.