“Anticipatory anxiety” is the anxiety one experiences before starting a challenging activity. Most often, anticipatory anxiety is a lot higher than what you actually end up experiencing.
Why do we experience anticipatory anxiety? I think it’s because the panic response is over-zealous about doing its job: trying to locate any danger, in order to protect us. When it can’t find any danger in the present, it looks into the future. Sometimes, the only possible “danger” it can find is something you haven't done yet!
Each time you actually start the new activity – bringing the activity into the present – the anticipatory anxiety fades away.
As you continue to do your healing work, the anticipatory anxiety will gradually lessen.
Some people with severe anticipatory anxiety go into terrible mood swings, have a loss of appetite, and are extremely nauseous when anticipating social events.
Ways to treat : de-sensitivity training, or CBT have been known to work well but it usually takes hard work and something you have to keep doing when you feel you anxiety creeping back in.
I use the staying in the moment approach which most of you have heard me preach.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 12/12/2008 10:05:03 PM (GMT-7)
I get anticipatory anxiety all the time.
When I substitute teach and go into a new classroom, I feel a bit of panic. I do think that's a bit normal however.
I sometimes get driving anxiety before getting in the car. But this is getting better.
I definitely feel anxiety before a plane trip. But I do it anyway.
My mother is a toxic person and I haven't seen her for two years. But I've agreed to have breakfast with her tomorrow morning. Ick. I have anticipatory anxiety about that. A xanax is prob a good idea!
Hugs to all.
Good Morning Family.............it is the weekend, are you all out shopping or sleeping in today.
Anticipatory anxiety is not just the stuff of actors and musicians, it effects many people and many situations. In fact most of the anxiety felt is in anticipation of something. If you think about it a panic attack is often an anticipation of fainting, or dying, or going crazy. The funny thing is that research done on phobic people (in this case agoraphobics) has found that almost everyone over rates the fear and anxiety they are about to feel, by large percentages. So in fact almost all of the anxiety felt is never manifested.With the thought in your head that anticipatory anxiety doesn't do much and doesn't come to much, what else can be done to stop this menace?The cognitive behaviour therapy approach is good for dealing with catastrophic thoughts, and this alone can deal with the anticipation.Some medication such as beta blockers can be used to reduce the adrenalin and stop shaking and the physical symptoms of nervousness. I have seen physicians used the beta blockers before they have to give a big speech. We are not alone.SSRIs and Tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax do not really change how you think, although they may be useful to some extent.The best therapy is experiencing anticipation and realizing it doesn't come to anything, then it will decrease.
There is a wonderful helpful tool by Claire Weeks, Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear - Audiobook. It is available on Amazon.com.
If you check on Resources, books on the right, you will find Amazon.com site as you can order from HW and we get some sort of credit toward the upkeep of our site.
There are lots of other good choices in the Resource section.
I have had anticipatory anxiety for a long time and I still try to remember that I must stay in the moment.
When we are fully in the present moment our minds are focused on what we are doing and not frantically jumping from the past to the future.
Peace begins with a smile,
Share with us how you are handling the weekend anxiety 2nd degree to your work situation?
You asked me to share how I am handling my work anxiety this weekend. Well, not very good, I'm afraid. I do pray and I think about how many other times I thought something horrible was about to happen, it did not. I also think that I am a good person and I meant well so those are reasons for this particular issue to turn out well. (As I've said before I am a human resources officer and one of the ladies who works for me miscounseled one of our employees; who made life choices based on that counseling. This is not a good thing.)
Now I'm preparing to go to bed and read, one of my great escapes.
Well, I've been working up to this really bad anxiety about my work week. And it's not just at work, it continues even when I'm home. I will take my rescue medication this morning and hope for the best.
I know how difficult it is to stomp on the Anticipatory Anxiety. I am glad you have taken your rescue med.
You can do anything you set your mind to. I know you will get through each minute of today and remember to breathe. Stay calm and know that you are a strong person. A mistake has been made and you will deal with it the best you can.
I will be keeping you in my prayers so today you will remain peaceful and cope well.
I agree maybe you should find another surgeon for a second opinion and all you need is a work clearance from your physician saying you are able to do the job.
I am not sure how work can tell you to have surgery.
When you see a surgeon insist on getting the details on the types of anesthesia, and also you must sign a permit before surgery and if they have the wrong anesthesia you agreed to, do not sign the form.
Get that second opinion...................be your own best advocate and kick the idea that you are going to be poisoned to the curb.
I am still working on my anticipatory anxiety. I can actually say I'm not afraid to go to the doc anymore. . . I'm just scared of the cost :) lol I actually do have anticipatory anxiety about worst case scenarios if the bills don't get paid. The only good thing about it is a good credit score (which makes me feel good so it kind of balances things out :)
To deal with my bill phobia, I try to not stress on the bills because it always works out one way or another :) This is how I'm dealing with this problem.
Post Edited (Green Grove) : 12/19/2008 10:38:30 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 12/31/2008 9:56:30 AM (GMT-7)