Sudden Onset of Anxiety: Warning Signs of Anxiety?

People are sometimes curious about whether the time of day has anything to do with their anxiety or panic attacks.  Other people wonder whether certain events in their life serve as a trigger for their panic attacks.

Well…often in life when things are about to happen there are warning signs. You may have heard this phrase used in other contexts but not with anxiety and panic attacks.

If you think about your own life, however, you might have experienced some anxiety after a negative situation, for example a disagreement with someone such as a colleague Often, though, it’s not necessarily one single negative event but rather the accumulation of such events that make you feel really anxious.

When such an accumulation of events leads to severe anxiety, we, at, think that these prior events could have been considered warning signs. However, every time you have this feeling does not signal a warning sign. But you do need to listen to your emotions and consider whether they represent warning signs. Then when you decide you have encountered a valid warning sign, you can address it and then move on without taking the stress with you into your next activity.

How do you do this?

A great way is to address your emotions is through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). If you are seeing a professional, ask them to help you work on doing CBT.

Alternatively, you can gain information on CBT through many free credible sources of information online and even through your public library.

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