Anxiety: Using positive thinking

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Anxiety: Using positive thinking
Wed, 08-11-2010 - 1:39pm

Anxiety is having too much fear and worry. Some people have what's called generalized anxiety disorder. They feel worried and stressed about many things. Often they worry about even small things. Some people also may have panic attacks. A panic attack is a sudden feeling of extreme anxiety.

People who have social anxiety disorder worry that they will do or say the wrong thing and embarrass themselves around others.

Anxiety can cause physical symptoms like a fast heartbeat and sweaty hands. It can make you limit your activities and can make it hard to enjoy your life.

Positive thinking can help you prevent or control anxiety.
Key points

* Negative thoughts can increase your worry or fear.
* Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of therapy that can help you replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
* Changing your thinking will take some time. You need to practice healthy thinking every day. After a while, positive thinking will come naturally to you.
* Positive thinking may not be enough to help some people who have worry and anxiety. Call your doctor or therapist if you think you need more help. Read more @: http://www.ivillage.com/anxiety-using-positive-thinking/introduction/91549