Frequent feelings of anxiety are challenging emotions to live with. These feelings can lead to significant impairment in one's quality of life and are one of the most common problems that lead a person to seek help.
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of anxiety understands anxiety as a problem of vulnerability and helplessness. An anxious person feels vulnerable to risk and helpless to do anything about it. As long as they continue to believe they are vulnerable to risk and helpless to do anything about it they will continue to feel anxious.
A person struggling with anxiety tends to have two themes in their patterns of thinking:
- An overestimation of the risk of something bad happening; and
- An underestimation of ability to cope with something bad happening
The combination of these two patterns of thought lead to an increase in the emotion of anxiety and possibly physiological sensations. Read more about the basic components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy