The work of Robert Leahy is very helpful to understand how CBT works. This is taken from his rulebook on how to be an anxious person. You can see that this is not difficult – take all threats seriously and try to avoid them by all means, patients with AD are certainly good at it.
Living with Anxiety: How to move ahead
Living with Anxiety:
How to Move Ahead?
Jakov Shlik MD, PhD, FRCPC
Mood & Anxiety Program and OSI Clinic
Anxiety Disorders are Common
1 in 5 in lifetime; 1 in 10 in a given year
Fear is about survival
When you drop under that and experience
the fear without trying to change it, just
letting it be, then it becomes still. When
you open your heart to fear, rather than
trying to fight it or deny it or even
overcome it, then you find it is just energy.
The Two Faces of Anxiety
Illustration by Serge Bloch for TIME
It can paralyze you - or help you move faster.
The new worry epidemic
Experts now argue it can have devastating
effects on work, health and children
February 5, 2014
Anxiety Disorders and Functioning
and getting around
work & school
Anxiety occurs when perceived risk of threat
outweighs perceived resources for coping
Beck et al 1985