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The difference between fear and anxiety

Updated: Apr 23, 2022

Anxiety is widely-discussed issue in modern mental health. The NHS definition is "Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe."

Both fear and anxiety come from a desire to keep yourself safe. But the general rule is fear has a clear cause, anxiety is much vaguer. If you suddenly saw a lion enter your room now, you would feel fear and you would react to the fear, likely by scrambling to get out of the room as quickly as possible.

But if I were to tell you there is a lion around this area somewhere but not right here, then you would feel anxious, you would likely check over your shoulder, listen out carefully and jump at the slightest sound, ready to flee in fear if the lion appears.

Anxiety is a natural reaction to engaging with the unknown in the world around you, our job is not to erase your anxiety entirely but to reduce it and help you manage it.



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