Kitt I am slightly surprised at your answer. I can't say for sure one way or the other because I'm not a specialist. I guess maybe I just expected something different.
I have so many examples where places and or people would cause me anxiety, but something told me the more I avoid it the greater the fear would become.
Here is one example:
I left my town on my motorcycle with six other bikes headed to Daytona for biketober fest, which is about a 2 hour ride. We stopped for breakfast about 30 minutes into the ride. I felt nervous and couldn't eat much at all. As I watched everyone having a good time and excited, I sat there struggling if I even wanted to go any farther.
I think it makes it even a little worse on a motorcycle because you can't make a mistake and you must be focused. As bad as I felt from the anxiety (physical and mental) I some how knew that if I didn't do this, it would only get harder next time.
As we headed back out I felt anxiety for maybe 20 miles and it began to ease. To my surprise I began to feel really good that I was doing this and didn't give into fear.
I had a great rest of the day and ride home. That one trip was enough to build my confidence that each time I have felt that way since I have continued with my plans and it has only caused it to happen less and less and when I feel nervous for whatever reason...it's usually short lived and the reward of carrying through feels really great.
I guess maybe everyone is different, but for me it's facing fears like these that have given my life back and allowed me to start living a much more normal life. I truly feel like had I gave in it would have caused my anxiety to get worse instead of making a recovery....just my 2 cents worth.
Stop fighting your symptoms, tensing against how you feel, trying to push your symptoms away. Don't spend everyday going round in circles trying to figure it all out. This just adds more stress and anxiety to how you feel.
It is your desperation to rid yourself of how you feel that keeps your anxiety alive.
The less you fear your symptoms, the less they mean.