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The Cycle of Anxiety

Triggering event

Longer term pain 

maintenance of anxiety

Safety behaviour e.g. avoidance

- short term gain

Anxiety can be fuelled by a vicious cycle of avoidance behaviour which maintains symptoms in the longer term. The avoidance behaviour may give some short term relief however it feeds into the maintenance of anxiety over the longer term.

Avoidance may take the form of physically avoiding someone or something such as going to a party or social event.  There may also be psychological avoidance such as not making a decision, procrastinating or constantly seeking reassurance from others.

Counselling can help you to identify and reduce use of safety behaviours and develop positive coping strategies which will have longer term benefits in the management of anxiety.

Your psychologist can help you to change the three symptoms of anxiety: behavioural, psychological and physiological.

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