Anxiety Is Physical. Anxiety Disorders Are Cognitive.

Anxiety is physical. Anxiety disorders are cognitive.

Anxiety is a physical and physiological thing.  We feel it in our bodies.

Anxiety DISORDERS are cognitive, not physical.  A disorder is defined when the physical sensations are mistakenly treated as real danger, and lifestyle is modified to avoid those sensations and feelings.  This is a learning/cognitive issue.  This is why cognitive and behavioral approaches to anxiety disorders are the most effective treatments we have and why simply trying to knock down symptoms doesn’t really work.

Understanding this concept and incorporating it into your approach to anxiety is an important step toward improvement. Suggestions are given on how to change your focus and how to start identifying the reactions to anxiety that are the true problem.

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