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Problems with Avoidance


Spartan117
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9 years ago 0 Spartan117 49 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
I think one of the hardest parts about anxiety affecting my life, is how it's affected my ability (or inability) to travel. I'd been planning on going to New Zealand for years, it's a place I long to be but my mind won't let me go. The idea of being in New Zealand makes me so happy, but the reality of a 20-something hour long flight, and being half-way around the world from my home and family just invokes an instant panic attack. Even going an hour outside the city on camping trip is difficult, so I'll have to save my New Zealand adventure for when I am healed.
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9 years ago 0 loves trees 356 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo
I would say it has impacted my life in big and small ways. I have missed out on going to events because of panic that it won't go like I want it to. I have avoided making important decisions more carefully because of the anxiety felt while I try to problem solve.
Ashley -> Health Educator
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Members,

When we avoid things due to anxiety, we miss out. As you probably already know, escaping the situation you find yourself in when you have a panic attacks can lead to problems.

•    Problem 3: The more you avoid, the less you’re able to lead a full, happy and productive life. As a result of escaping and avoiding, you don’t get to do a lot of things other people get to enjoy such as, going out with friends, driving, going to a movie or going away of vacation.
•    Problem 4: When people aren’t able to enjoy life because of avoidance, they beat themselves up. People with panic or anxiety usually say escaping makes them feel better in the short-term but worse in the long-term. The end result is negative thoughts about themselves, the world and the future. This can lead to depression.

How has anxiety impacted your life?
 
Ashley, Health Educator



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