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The difference between Anxiety and Fear Anxiety and fear are not the same Andreas

2 March, 2011



Anxiety is different to fear, in that it is about something in the future that hasn’t even happened yet, or it could even be just a general feeling of worry. Fears however, occur in the present, and are often about clearly defined events or situations happening now or about to occur.

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, and is frequently about an imminent event or something in the future with an uncertain outcome. However anxiety is a natural part of all our lives, and on occasions, can actually be quite a useful emotion. An illustration of this being useful could be when feeling really nervous about a forthcoming interview and using the time constructively by thinking through what will be needed for a successful outcome and then maybe rehearsing our responses with a friend several times until we felt more confident.

Almost all psychological disorders have feelings of anxiety as the the trigger for them. Frequently the anxiety can be buried in the subconscious mind and so not obvious where they came from but nevertheless being expressed through an unrelated object or event.

It is possible that excessive anxiety and fear can become so intense that the sufferer can be seriously restricted and unable to cope with normal events of the day. When people are suffering from a General Anxiety Disorder they may become anxious without there even appearing to be any actual reason for it, or it could be about a real situation, but totally out of proportion to how most people might react.

If your anxiety is preventing you from living your life as you know you should be living it, then therapy can restore your life by helping you to find the confidence you need to cope much better.

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