How Fear Traps You into Being Someone You Are Not

The fear response is triggered when facing danger. The “danger” could be not measuring up to a desired or imposed standard, not getting done what you set out to do, not fulfilling expectations (your own or someone else’s), being seen as less than perfect or failing at something. There is also the “danger” of not fitting in and being noticeably different from the norm. All these fears and anxieties stem from questioning your ability to cope with life’s challenges and people’s responses to your actions. External messages from the media and authorities are also powerful triggers of anxiety and fear. Believing the world to be a dangerous place creates a pervading sense of powerlessness that undermines your personal power and inner strength in many different ways. Fear manipulates you into forgetting how strong and competent you really are. Fear negates your resilience. Feelings of helplessness trick you into believing that you do not have what it takes to tolerate hardship and bounce back from adversity. Fear narrows your focus to mainly notice problems, damage, hurt or harm. Fear impairs realistic thinking so the scale and likelihood of potential danger is often overestimated. Unless you live in a war zone, a dangerous neighborhood, an abusive relationship or have just experienced a significant natural disaster, most commonly assumed dangers are less prevalent or disastrous than imagined. Avoidance is one of the responses to fear....
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Anxiety and Panic Habits Happiness Mindfulness Minding the Media Personality Self-Esteem Self-Help Avoidance Empowerment Fear Helplessness Inner Strength Negativity Bias Perfectionism Powerlessness Resilience risk-taking Source Type: blogs

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Authors: Hoffart A Abstract We tested a theory-derived network of within-person causal relations between experiential states in schema therapy of Cluster C personality problems. The sample consisted of 35 patients with panic disorder and/or agoraphobia and DSM-IV Cluster C personality traits or disorders who participated in an inpatient programme. In a 6-week schema therapy phase, the patients had nine or 10 individual sessions and completed measures of experiential states (anger, sadness, depression, anxiety, optimism, and schema belief) before and after each session. The impact of these six states on each other a...
Source: Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Clin Psychol Psychother Source Type: research
Do the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Sjögren's syndrome outcome measures correlate with impaired quality of life, fatigue, anxiety and depression in primary Sjögren's syndrome? Arch Med Sci. 2018 Jun;14(4):830-837 Authors: Omma A, Tecer D, Kucuksahin O, Sandikci SC, Yildiz F, Erten S Abstract Introduction: The aim of the study was to investigate whether there is a relationship between the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) outcome measures and quality of life (QoL), fatigue, anxiety and depression in patients with pSS and to define determinants which could affect quality ...
Source: Archives of Medical Science - Category: General Medicine Tags: Arch Med Sci Source Type: research
A growing number of studies based on community and clinical samples have reported that patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) experience a high level of co-occurring anxiety symptoms and/or at least one anxiety disorder. For example, in a European community-based study Braam et al., (2014) reported that up to 86.2% of participants with late life depression endorsed at least three distinct anxiety symptoms (Braam et al., 2014). Fava et al. reported 45.1% ∼ 53.2% of patients with MDD had significant anxiety, recording scores of 7 or above on the Anxiety/Somatization factor of the 17-Item Hamilton Rating Scale for ...
Source: Psychiatry Research - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
Distress and dysfunction in sleep and sex are both very common, and have been found to be separately related to anxiety, depression, and stress. Even so, and despite evidence linking obstructive sleep apnea and erectile disfunction, the connections between sleep and sex are largely understudied.
Source: Journal of Psychosomatic Research - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Source Type: research
Anxiety disorders are common in childhood and adolescence (Costello et al., 2003). They have an early median age of onset compared to other forms of psychopathology, such as depression (Kessler et al., 2005), and often persist through adolescence (Costello et al., 2003). Further, elevated anxiety symptoms during childhood are associated with increased risk for later anxiety and depressive disorders (Keenan et al., 2009). The transition from childhood to adolescence seems to be a particularly vulnerable period for the development of anxiety symptoms and disorders.
Source: Psychoneuroendocrinology - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Depression Source Type: blogs
ConclusionDisturbances in EEG-based brain network indices might reflect altered emotional processing in MDD. These source-level network indices might provide useful biomarkers to understand regional brain pathology in MDD.
Source: NeuroImage: Clinical - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 July 2018Source: Epilepsy &BehaviorAuthor(s): María Crespo, David Agustín León-Navarro, Mairena MartínAbstractFebrile seizures (FS) represent one of the most frequent convulsive disorders in children which can be classified into simple and prolonged depending on the duration. Although simple FS are generally considered as benign, there is controversy about the outcome of prolonged FS. Here, we have used an animal model of prolonged FS to investigate persistent neurochemical and behavioral alterations in adult rats. Hyperthermic seizures were induced in 1...
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: NeuroReport - Category: Neurology Tags: Clinical Neuroscience Source Type: research
This study describes the peer bullying experiences of young people with CF, and examines associations between school bullying and the psychological well-being of these young people. A sequential mixed-methods approach was used to collect data from 26 young people with CF (10-16 years of age). These data were compared with large samples of healthy children. Following an online survey, 11 young people, through online focus groups, expanded on the survey findings, describing their experiences within the school environment. Young people with CF reported lower involvement in bullying victimization and perpetration relative to t...
Source: The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Am J Orthopsychiatry Source Type: research
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