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anxiety as a paraside

Anxiety Symptoms as a Parasite

Every living thing wants to survive and reproduce. So does anxiety. Anxiety can be thought of as a parasite that finds an area of vulnerability and burrows in. Like every parasite, anxiety’s survival comes at the expense of the host. Typically, you'll notice anxiety symptoms in connection with some area of insecurity, perhaps your health, your relationships, your finances, or your work.

What are the Symptoms of a Panic Attack?

A panic attack is a surge of intense, overwhelming anxiety. Symptoms come on suddenly and usually peak within ten minutes. With panic, the fight-or-flight system has been triggered, preparing the person for emergency action. The result is both intense anxiety and physiological arousal. Bodily symptoms include rapid heart rate, chest pain, choking, dizziness, sweating, nausea, and trembling. Psychological symptoms include fear of going crazy, fear of dying, and depersonalization or derealization.

Ask Panic to Make it More

I often suggest that clients ask their anxiety to make it more, If that seems absurd, it's because it is. Anxiety is not a thing and cannot be asked, it’s just your own construct. Asking anxiety to do anything is as silly as asking pink to suddenly turn blue. Keep externalizing your anxiety as a thing, and you'll keep regarding it as your enemy. Anxiety is just a construct, and as such, it has only the power that you give to it. Anxious thoughts are just thoughts, and thoughts cannot harm you.