911…Virginia Tech Massacre…Plane crashing…
So how do we combat fear in a society where unexpected, uncontrollable events occur.
- Broadening our focus and looking at what we can control. Anxiety by its very nature tells us to expect the worst-case scenario and causes our attention to be narrowly focused on details that support that outcome rather than looking at the broader picture.
- Reflect on the meaning of the particular fear and its possible relationship to other things going on in your life.
- Seek out a therapist who can help us understand and deal with out fear. No one should have to live with constant fear. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a very effective means of dealing with the anxieties that interfere with your daily living.
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Author: Evelyn Wenzel, MSW, LCSW, CAP