Another set of cognitive-behavioral exercises involves prompting patients to tolerate graduated exposure to the very cues or triggers associated with their anxiety or anxiety attacks. You are probably familiar with stories others about military veterans experiencing severe anxiety reactions upon hearing unexpected firework explosions. Many people with severe anxiety have reactions when standing in crowded spaces, or sitting in the driver seat of a car some days or weeks after they have been in an automobile accident. Having anxiety reactions when seated on an airplane is also a fairly common problem I confront with patients seeking help for anxiety in primary care settings. Anxiety triggers are a universal complaint by people with PTSD.
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