Fear vs Anxiety
Often the symptoms of fear and anxiety can get mixed up. Here are some examples to help you know the difference.
|Threat is present and identifiable||Yes||No|
|Evoked by specific cues||Yes||No|
|Connection to threat is reasonable||Yes||No|
|Usually episodic (specific onset and offset)||Yes||No|
|Overall quality of an emergency||Yes||No|
|Overall quality of sustained vigilance||No||Yes|
When a problem with anxiety develops it takes our perfectly natural evolutionary defence system and hijacks it so that we become generally anxious, socially anxious, phobic, obsessively compulsive, traumatised after an event (PTSD) or suffer from sudden panic attacks.
In the other sections we have information on each specific hijacking and how it can be helped.