Stopping Fears from Creeping Back

 
 
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How can I stop my fears from creeping back?

From: Teen
To: Dr. Expert
Subject: Questions...
How can I stop my fears from creeping back?

Dr.Expert:

Don’t be discouraged if your fears start creeping back. This can happen from time to time, especially when you’re stressed out (for example, during final exams or after moving to a new home). This is totally normal. It just means you need to start planning some exposure exercises to knock your fears back down again.

Pull out your fear ladders and re-rate the items on the fear scale. Begin with the situation that causes you mild anxiety and start re-entering that situation or facing that thing. You can beat your anxiety again!

Remember, coping with anxiety is a lifelong process and it gets easier over time. You just have to review some of the tools you’ve learned on this site and start using them again.