Anxiety is learning gone awry

Anxiety is learning gone awry

Aug 3, 2021 01:35 PM
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Anxiety is learning gone awry. But it can be overcome by unlearning and relearning.
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Psychopathology, so stuff like depression or anxiety, a lot of it is actually the result of learning processes gone awry. So treatment in a lot of ways involves relearning things. If someone has an anxiety disorder, what anxiety really is is your brains fear center, the part of your brain that's responsible for sounding the alarm if there's something dangerous that's going to kill you , it gets confused. You accidentally teach it that certain things are life-threatening dangerous. When in reality, they may be uncomfortable or painful or scary, but they're not actually dangerous. So if you imagine your spouse is on a business trip and you imagine their plane crashing and you start feeling really anxious, That's because your brain thinks this hypothetical scenario of your spouse crossing an airplane is dangerous in reality, it's uncomfortable, but it's not actually dangerous to you.
And so getting over anxiety involves retraining or helping your mind relearn that, what it thinks is dangerous, is it actually dangerous to you? It's learning all the way.

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