Health worries trigger my anxiety

Flickr image by: Mohammad Afshar

 

In this week's podcast we're responding to a message we received about health anxiety:

"I find concerns about health are a big trigger for my anxiety. In fact, I often wonder if it is the other way round i.e. that in me, anxiety caused by stress, work and life in general, manifests as anxiety about health.

I can now usually predict if I am going to have a anxiety flare up by how often I’ve been worrying about getting cancer or some other debilitating illness, not least mental illnesses. A common worry for me is anxiety that my anxiety is actually a sign of bi-polar disorder, or that I’m having a break down.

Of course, this makes me even more anxious and feeds the dreaded vicious circle of symptoms. Once I’m calm again, I can think clearly and see the anxiety for what it is (i.e. anxiety and not something I need to be sectioned for) but in the midst of adrenalin-fuelled thought patterns, it can be hard to think straight."

 

Points covered in this podcast include:

- how anxiety can increase all our fears, especially those about thealth

- coping skills we use to keep calm when such fears arise

 

Recommended Resources:

EFT for Anxiety Relief

How to Calm Your Fragile Mind

 

 
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