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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Distinguishing normal anxiety and symptoms of an anxiety disorder

Immediately after a brain injury it is normal and understandable to feel embarrassed about mistakes that would not have been made prior to the injury. Under such circumstances, It is normal to avoid situations that would expose weaknesses that did not exist prior to the injury. However, if those new behaviors persist and become habitual avoidance of routine aspects of life, the avoidance can become worse than the situations that trigger the avoidance. The following was clipped from the website of the International Association of Anxiety Disorders:

(“Understanding anxiety,” 2010)

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