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Why Be Upset?

English: An anxious person

English: An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anxiety is a common problem.  It is separate from fear which is more realistic.  Combat generates fear.  The post-traumatic stress that comes after the scene of combat is left generates anxiety.  Fear lasts as long as the threat of danger lasts.  Anxiety can go on forever.  It can be generated in anticipation of a stress-or and can last long after actual fear is gone.  Fear can be helpful and can aid the person’s response to a real threat.  The “fight or flight response” can be elicited and used to successfully deal with the frightening situation.

Anxiety can very in its onset.  Sometimes it is strongest early in the morning right after a person gets up or it can build throughout the day and be strongest at the end of the day.   If you are aware of the pattern of your anxiety response, you can more successfully deal with it.  The most important thing is to not over react when your anxiety is strong.  Distraction can be helpful especially when you know that if you can get your mind off what is bothering you, you will probably feel better later in the day.  If you have the opposite problem where anxiety is strongest just before you go to bed, you can use the strategy of telling yourself that once you get to sleep you will feel better in the morning


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