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    How do I deal with my anxiety/depression

    I feel like I can't deal with stressful situations, I will then shut myself away from everything. I miss work and that then makes me more anxious as I don't want to lose my job. I get scared I could scare my husband away if I tell him, but all this fear makes me want to shut myself away more
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  • Jan Seeley

    Counselling Psychologist, Psychologist

    Jan Seeley is a Counselling Psychologist and a member of the Australian Psychological Society with a Master of Counselling (Psychology). For over 25 years she … View Profile

    Anxiety has both a cognitive (thinking) component and a physical one.  If we think anxiety provoking thoughts, the what ifs …. , then anxiety tends to increase and this can create a range of physical responses including muscle tension, rapid breathing, butterflies in the stomach.  Because of the discomfit that anxiety causes, you can start to avoid the situations that are seen as provoking that anxiety and this tends to make things worse in the long run.  While this is a natural response to such unpleasant feelings, it often serves to reduce people's resilience to situations they perceive as stressful.  There are a number of therapeutic approaches that can assist people in addressing excessive anxiety including Mindfulness based therapies and cognitive behavioral therapy.  As, Nadine  has suggested, it would be most useful to work through these issues with a qualified professional.

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