A common occurrence for someone who has an anxiety disorder is to struggle with irrational fear. Our minds often prepare us for the worst case scenario by envisioning it, and while this tactic may have been useful before the modernization of society when we needed this fear to survive, now it’s often unnecessary and obtrusive. Irrational fear caused by an anxiety disorder can not only disrupt your day, when these fears are persistent, they can considerably decrease your quality of life.
Steps to Overcoming Fear
Living with fear and anxiety as driving forces in your life is no way to live at all. They can hinder our ability to socialize with others, pursue achievements at work, and create all different types of scenarios in our minds that can affect how we conduct our lives. Sometimes seeking professional help is the only way to overcome our irrational fears and manage anxiety disorders.
If you feel that your fear and anxiety are intrusive and lowering your quality of life, Dr. Cassidy Blair from Blair Wellness Group in Beverly Hills can provide you with treatment, counseling, and other treatments that are designed to help address your fear and anxiety and improve your quality of life. Read on to learn more about how to manage your fears and anxiety, and if you’d like to discover how Dr. Cassidy Blair can help you, schedule a consultation today.
Identify Your Irrational Fears
The first step to conquering your fears is identifying them. Next time you’re in a situation where an irritation fear arises, make a mental note of it, or even say it out loud. Recognize that the fear exists and that you are going to do something about it.
Take a Moment to Breathe
Once you identify that you are experiencing an irrational fear, take a few deep breaths. Find your center and bring yourself back to the present. Try practicing breathing exercises at home so that when you do experience an irrational fear, you can take a moment and utilize an already familiar breathing technique.
Investigate Your Thoughts
Once you’ve taken a few deep breaths, and hopefully calmed your nerves, or at least some of the physical symptoms of your fear, it’s time to take a deeper look into your thoughts. What are you scared of? What triggered this fear? Does this episode have anything in common with the other times that you’ve experienced an irrational fear? The more you understand about your fears and thoughts, the better you can manage your anxiety.
Look at the Evidence
Next, look at the evidence. It often helps to write down your fears and then create two lists: one with evidence supporting your fear and one that provides evidence that your fears are irrational. While you may have a few items in the supporting column, chances are, you’ll have a lot more evidence proving that your fear is irrational.
Face Your Fears
This next step can be incredibly difficult, and depending on the situation as well as your individual anxiety disorder, you may or may not be able to do this alone. Knowing and understanding that your fears are irrational is the first step to facing them, but actually confronting them can be incredibly challenging. If you are able, face your fears head on. You’ll likely see that they were unfounded. However, if you are having difficulty overcoming your fear, treatment can often help.
Work With a Licensed Psychologist
For individuals who have an anxiety disorder, experiencing irrational fears can be common, but that doesn’t mean the impact it has on your life should be minimized. No one should have to live with constant fear that keeps them from living their life to the fullest.
At Blair Wellness Group, we offer a wide range of anxiety treatments that can help you overcome your fear and anxiety. With more than 15 years of experience of providing Beverly Hills with anxiety counseling and treatment, Dr. Cassidy Blair can create a personalized treatment plan, consisting of a combination of treatments, to help you feel better, faster. When you work with Blair Wellness Group, you can rest assured that you’ll be working with a team who is dedicated to providing you with the support you need to meet your goals.
It’s estimated that one in five adults suffer from some form of anxiety. While everyone experiences anxiety from time to time and it’s considered normal for many, when anxiety gets in the way of your everyday life is when it becomes a problem. When an individual struggles with irrational fears and anxiety, it can have a significantly negative affect on their life.
Anxiety comes in many different forms and can look different for everyone. The following is a list of the types of anxiety disorders that can cause irrational fears.
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Anxiety treatments and Treatment
At Blair Wellness Group, we commonly use a combination of anxiety treatments to help our patients. Dr. Cassidy Blair understands that not everybody has the time to commit to years of treatment, that’s why she gets to know her patients on a personal level and creates an individualized treatment plan consisting of the anxiety treatments that are most likely to help the fastest. At Blair Wellness Group, we commonly use the anxiety treatments listed below to help our patients manage their fears and anxiety so they can enjoy a higher quality of life.
- Cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT)
- Crisis intervention treatment
- Interpersonal treatment
- Dialectical behavior treatment
- Psychodynamic treatment
- Gestalt treatment
Conquer Your Fear and Anxiety With Blair Wellness Group
If you struggle with anxiety and irrational fear, it’s time to seek help from Blair Wellness Group in Beverly Hills. We offer anxiety treatments and treatments that are designed to help you overcome fear and manage your anxiety so that you can live a happier and more fulfilling life. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.