I talked about Anxiety in the monthly free healing session “Let’s Talk Trauma”.
Anxiety is an outward expression and any mindful tool is a band-aid solution unless you take responsibility and resolve the triggers.
Contrary to the popular understanding as to how Anxiety is a future-based worry, trauma-based anxiety when triggered, takes you closer to the past traumatic memory and your mind wants you to take control to avoid repetition of the past event.
“Its the projection of your past into the future”
Based on where you are in the stages of the impact of trauma, your response is based on that stage of impact.
It can be an irrational emotional response or a perceived threat to your assumed trauma identity.
Unless you choose to work through the 6 stages of recovery, any tool or therapy working on the symptom itself has little to no effect.
The same applies to Depression too though its directed differently from Anxiety.
While these two conditions may seem similar at first glance, they have distinct differences that are important to understand.
Anxiety is often an outward expression of a person who values the validation and representation of their world by others, constantly seeking external validation and reassurance.
On the other hand, depression is characterized by a withdrawal from the external world, with the affected person feeling a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. They may feel that no matter what others say or do, it won’t make a difference. They may feel overwhelmed, fatigued, and lose interest in activities they used to enjoy.
It’s essential to note that both anxiety and depression are valid experiences and not a reflection of an individual’s character.
It’s not uncommon for people to experience both conditions simultaneously, and one does not negate the other. A person with anxiety can also experience depression, and vice versa.
One way to differentiate between the two conditions is to observe how individuals cope with their emotions.
People with anxiety tend to overdo things in an attempt to control the future, while those with depression tend to withdraw and avoid taking action.
It’s important to understand that both approaches are coping mechanisms that individuals use to deal with their emotions, but they can also be limiting.
If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety or depression for many years, it’s time to start with the very first step to recovery.