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Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: The 4-Step Plan to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want by Tamar Chansky

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Chapter 8

THE ANXIETY DISORDERS: WHEN YOU NEED MORE HELP

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

—KAHLIL GIBRAN

WHEN DOES SOMEONE CROSS OVER FROM WORRY TO AN ANXIETY DISORDER?

What is “normal” worry? If you spend meetings stressed-out, are at a loss for words at a party, or feel a sudden rush of heat when you have to introduce yourself—does that mean you must reserve a place for weekly visits on the therapist’s couch? The short answer is no. All of us have these experiences of anxiety some of the time. However, when worries become more than occasional in response to a stressful situation, and if they confront you at every turn, that’s the first red flag of an anxiety disorder.

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