Welcome! Congrats on getting started on the program. Getting started is often the hardest part. You ask a great question. Fear and anxiety can show up differently for different people. Those with high functioning anxiety often don't even realize how anxious they are until they start paying attention to their sympyoms and behaviours. "Fleeing" or avoidance are common symptoms of anxiety. Try to think of it as a fight or flight response. You feel uncomfortable with anxiety aka fear and you want to leave the situation. Does that sound right to you?
What happens if you are unable to leave the situation? Can you think of a time when you were unable to leave a situation and you were ok?
I wanted to pop in and say hello and welcome! I have been a member of this site for many years but have spent most of my time in the Managing Drinking Community. I am not a professional. Any advice I give is based on reflections during my 7 years of sobriety.
Throughout my drinking days I suffered from anxiety. I assume it was a combination of the pre-drinking and post-drinking anxiety. So, with that being said, I share your thought that, “anxiety is like a huge wave of feeling overwhelmed.” That’s exactly how I felt before and after I drank. I’m not sure how a “level of panic based on fear” is related to anxiety.
Congratulations starting the program on this site and posting your questions. An Anxiety Community member and/or a Health Educator for the site will respond. Until then, feel free to reach out. I will be happy to help as much as I can. :)
Hi everyone! I am new here and just went through the material for module 1 on panic.
I guess I am having trouble connecting with some wording. For me - anxiety is like a huge wave of feeling overwhelmed. I can often feel it in my arms (tingling) and a tightness in my chest and shortness of breath. Module 1 as well as the work sheets refer to the level of panic based on fear; I’m not scared of the attack I just need to get away from the situation.
Not sure if that makes sense at all, was just hoping someone might have ideas on how to connect with the wording better, make it more relatable to myself in order to get the most out of the program and the homework.