Sunday, October 25, 2009

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How to End Worry

by Judy Ford

“Anxiety is not fear, exactly, because fear is focused on something right in front of you, a real and objective danger,” writes Robin Marantz Henig in her "New York Times Magazine" article, "Understanding the Anxious Mind."

“If you're anxious, you find it difficult to talk yourself out of this foreboding; you become trapped in an endless loop of what-ifs," according to the article. In other words, you fear what may not even happen.

Jerome Kagan, a psychology professor at Harvard, has been conducting longitudinal studies of temperament since 1989, and has found that anxiety does have a neurological fingerprint that is not easy to overcome. It seems that if you were an anxious baby you will retain those tendencies through adolescence and into adulthood. It is possible to tackle the demons of anxiety, however, with cognitive behavior therapy. By stopping the endless loop of worry--and replacing thoughts with actions--you can learn to do what non-anxious people do automatically.

If worries are getting in the way of enjoying your loved ones and life--here is a practical way to end the worry cycle. These 13 action steps, which I've created and use with couples and families in counselingâ€"are appropriate for all agesâ€"from 6 to 106.

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