Let’s Talk About Avoidance in Anxiety

Ok, let me count how many persons I’ve met today, on the suburbian parisian transportation, who practice cognitive avoidance … 1, the lady in the corner, listening to mp3, perhaps reading her telephone, … oups reading a phone? then 2, 3, 4 … ok, next step … exposure time, yes!!!! I have officially quit listening to mp3 during my trip to work, and walking in the nature…… ( I know, but I felt more confident, all alone, in my comfort zone ) it’s a kind of mindfulness, and I love saying hi (bonjour) …I am the one who say “aurevoir, bonne journée” to the bus driver, too….. perhaps you can spot me as a white fly. I am. and I like it. keep it up!!!!!

The Bipolar Writer Mental Health Blog

I wanted to share what I have learned in my ongoing work with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This blog post is about avoidance strategies that we use in the different levels of anxiety. I tend to use avoidance in my own struggles with social anxiety. I am learning at the moment how to recognize the subtle behavioral avoidance that I use in my life. What disorder is most associated with the subtle avoidance behavior, the cognitive avoidance, and the safety signals. I share this with those that can’t see a therapist (I am working through this with my therapist on this project) and it would help to do this with a therapist.


Why do we Use Avoidance?

Avoidance strategies are often used by many of us in situations that cause anxiety or depression. While avoidance has it uses it’s not very good for mental health in the long run. Two important…

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