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Anxiety is the sense of threat we feel when danger is coming. Whether imminent or in the future, real or imagined, disturbing anxiety may result in anxiety or panic attacks or develop into an anxiety disorder. Anxiety attacks are panic attacks with milder symptoms and a lesser sense of being out of control. Uncertainty about the likelihood of harm and apprehension about the damaging potency of what we fear will intensify anxiety.
Anxiety is a Sticky Business: Mindfulness for Coping with Anxiety
Only the things we care a lot about cause disturbing anxiety. Most of us can easily turn our minds from thoughts of ceiling fans or paper clips, but intense anxiety, gripping worry, and panic are different. They impair our ability to take part in important relationships, impair us at work or school; or rattle our brains about finances or health. These anxious states of mind are “sticky” mental states that can grip us like Superglue, addle our wits, and defy our valiant efforts.
Sticky thinking is the culprit
Sometimes we indulge in just a moment or two of worry or feel a little down. But when we’re having problems with anxiety or depression, we might discover that negative thinking has gotten a grip on us. Then it can really make us uptight or bring us down.