Anxiety and fear aren’t exactly the same thing. Phobia and fear are quite different. Knowing the difference can help all of us name the need beneath our reactions. That’s a great way to restore peace and recovery.
Tanya J. Peterson, recently wrote an excellent article, Fear vs. Phobia: When Our Warning Center Goes Haywire, for the Healthy Place blog (March 25, 2021). Peterson is the author of numerous anxiety self-help books, including The Morning Magic 5-Minute Journal, The Mindful Path Through Anxiety, 101 Ways to Help Stop Anxiety, and The 5-Minute Anxiety Relief journal. (If you suffer with anxiety, she is a particularly helpful author.)
Peterson walks through the nature of anxiety (and phobias born out of anxiety) and the nature of healthful fear. She shows how they can be related – and how they are very different. Find great coping tips as well as a video on how to make sure anxiety doesn’t keep you from living your life.