One member brought up a really good point in a recent post about
questioning one's anxiety...
Why me, why now? Why do I suffer while other people I know are seemingly unaffected...
...the type of questions we have all had!
I though I would repost the response here, as it may be something we all can benefit from.:)
Best to all!
My therapist told me that people who suffer anxiety have an above normal intelligence, tend to be creative and inquisitive, and basically lack the 'blinders/filters' that most people who don't worry about everything have! (due to analytical brains that never shut off!)
This helped me to realize that though I do have an issue that is difficult to deal with...
...I also have SO much going for me...so many things that I would NEVER trade in exchange for an anxiety free life. NEVER.
Eveyone has something that challenges them. There is not one person exempt from something they'd like to change, or some 'why me' kind of question.
So, you can choose to look at this from the positives, accept it as a part of all the wonderful things about you...in other words, see it as a challenge to manage...
or you can view it negatively, simply as a cross to bear.
We don't always have the power to immediately/fully change our situations...but we have EVERY power as to how we react to it!
A good way to work through negative/troublesome thoughts is through the use of worksheets. Do you do these with your therapist? We have some downloads in the Resources if you need some.:)
There is hope...keep posting, support is key!
"Courage is not the abscence of fear, it is feeling afraid and doing it anyway!"
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
Corrie Ten Boom
Panic Syndrome recovery due to CBT