In CBT, we often treat anxiety with exposure therapy. When something makes us anxious, we generally try avoiding it. In the short term, if we can avoid something, we may be able to avoid feeling anxious about it. But in the long term, avoidance increases anxiety. With exposure therapy, we learn to gradually expose ourselves to the sources of our anxiety. And when we do this, our anxiety starts to decrease.
Anxiety and Exposure Therapy
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