Fears about getting better

One of the more unusual occurrences during recovery from Panic Disorder is a fear of getting better.

This is very common and happens for a number of reasons

A person with Panic Disorder finds it hard to imagine what ‘getting better’ will actually feel like.

So when they think about being ‘better’ they think about the fact that they will be taking on more responsibilities and more will be expected of them.

And from the point of view of how they feel in this present moment that makes them feel anxious.

So the idea of ‘getting better’ causes ANTICIPATORY anxiety.

What they forget is that when they DO get better they won’t feel so anxious so doing more things won’t actually BE so frightening.

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