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Resolving the Anxiety Dilemma: An Overview

Most anxiety problems, we’ve explored, are really avoidance problems.  The dilemma isn’t that we’re anxious.  It’s that we excessively avoid anxiety . . . and this avoidance keeps us anxious and disrupts our lives.


Fortunately, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) provides a way to overcome this issue.  It might take a month.  It might take a year.  But within a finite period of time, we can make a change that stops anxiety from causing major life disruption.  From a broad perspective, this change is represented by the letters GTNA:



Anxiety strengthens and gains power when we routinely go away from it.  Anxiety fades and loses its power when we go through it instead of away from it.  This change, on one level, is unified and global: a singular adjustment that we make in relationship to anxiety.


On another level, our GTNA change can be broken into parts.  Think of it as a CALM adjustment:

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Dylan M. Kollman, PhD