CHAPTER3

Why Me?

In This Chapter

  • Who gets anxiety disorders?
  • The biology of fear
  • Ways we learn to be afraid
  • How thoughts influence anxiety
  • What triggers your anxiety?

Monica’s parents describe her as a happy, sensitive, and eager-to-please child. Sure, in fifth grade, she went through a brief period of what she calls “nervous stuttering” and nail biting, but these subsided as she adjusted to a new school and her parents’ separation. High school was fine, even though Monica always felt anxious at parties and was terrified in her speech class. However, she had many good friends. And although she suffered for hours before a speech, she always ...

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