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Bertie

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Hi I'm new here and trying to understand this sensitisation and how this works.
How do you stop adding fear as I feel anxious and my mind starts racing with thoughts then I'll have an anxiety attack. I feel like it's me doing good it to me but can't stop, the same as I'm analysing,can't take my mind off it how do I stop this or is this something I accept too then if I accept this too how will it end the sensitisation.

Also when I worry say about my children or paying bills the worry is extreme until the thoughts are whirling in my head, i feel like i have no control,is this part of anxiety?
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Catastrophing is a symptom of anxiety.. Knowing this and not responding to it with " oh no here's that thought again"! Is showing your brain there is no fear attached to the thought. Hence the reason they will slow down and eventually stop. Please know this is not something you can do one or two times this is something that takes a lot of practice and a lot of determination. The less you respond the less they will come.. keep in mind that these thoughts are only uncomfortable because your nervous system is sensitized. Try to be as comfortable as possible with being uncomfortable.
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Bertie

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This is how my anxiety started I woke up with the thoughts whirling in my head, so it all comes down to how I'm responding to them and not getting involved with them.
Sometimes I do get involved with the thoughts would I say bring them on in this case?
Is this catastrophising something I need to do something about or is it caused by sensitisation?
Sorry for the questions I'm still learning.
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Also how do you stop analysing and adding fear is this something that I have control over as in just stop?
Like now I feel anxious have all sorts of thoughts going on I'm saying so what and whatever to them is this the right approach?
I'm always wondering what's going to happen next as the thoughts are constantly changing as well as the sensations, also the level of fear changes with the so what approach it can lessen then I'll get a different thought or real life stress and the anxiety increases so I'm back to thinking about it constantly.
Can you see where I'm going wrong or is this the normal when learning acceptance?
When I get the anxiety increases in am constantly reassuring myself that it's just anxiety, just feelings, just thoughts is this usual too?
Bertie

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Can anyone help me with the above?
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Rather than assuring yourself "it's just anxiety" you need to understand what anxiety really is - it's worrying. So it's just worrying. Why are you worried? Because you fear something happening that you have no control over? Trying to control worrying is actually  more intense worrying. Not controlling and not analyzing is acceptance - which eventually leads to the lessening of worrying. Can you walk away from what you are worried about? Can you resolve what you are worried about? Exercise and eating healthy tend to make your body feel better and the mind tends to follow.
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Sorry to jump in here but that's really enlightening Jeff.

Would you say that every time you feel anxiety, it's because you are presently worrying on some level?

Also, when you say 'why are you worried? Because you fear something happening that you have no control over' are you implying worrying over the potential of worrying, which in turn creates the anxiety (worrying)?
Bertie

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That's the thing my worry seems to constantly change, I don't know how to resolve it. It's along the themes about the way i feel and the way i think and they say something is going to happen as in a symptoms I've not experienced yet etc
What is the best way to accept this, sorry I'm new to this.
Over the last couple of days my anxiety has increased and so I'm worrying more, I believe I am more sensitised.
How do I approach these worries do I so what them then run to them, as I understand all worry is is thoughts is this right?
Bertie

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So Jeff are you saying I am worrying because I'm worrying? So I accept that I am worrying as in first worry and by accepting I am not adding worry to the worry.
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