Typically with anxiety, you will have thoughts, feelings, and physical symptoms. In this short blog, I am focusing on the thoughts you might have with anxiety. These include difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts or having your mind jump from one thing to another, frightening fantasies, or daydreams, feeling that you are on the verge of losing control, fears of cracking up or going crazy, fears of fainting or passing out, fears of physical illnesses or heart attacks or dying, concerns about looking foolish or inadequate in front of others, fears of being alone. isolated, or abandoned, fears of criticism or disapproval, and fears that something bad is about to happen. Each of these thoughts can be scored from not at all to a lot in terms of frequency on a scale of 0 to 3. Obviously the higher the score the more anxious your thoughts are. (Burns, 1989)
In another blog I will talk about the physical symptoms that might accompany anxiety.
If you think you might be having anxious or stressful thoughts, I would be happy to discuss them with you. It is possible to change the way you think which in turn affects your behavior and can even influence your physical symptoms.