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How do I know when it's my anxiety talking any not my rational thinking?

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Last Updated: 12/07/2020 at 9:02am
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Lisa Meighan, BSc Psychology (Honours)


Hello, I am Lisa and I work in a person-centred approach mixed with cognitive behavioural therapy. I believe we all have the potential to be the best we can be.

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April 13th, 2015 1:56pm
Your anxiety lacks reason. If you can explain to your self what is happening and what you are feeling, it's rational. if you can't it's anxiety.
April 30th, 2015 7:11pm
To me, anxiety is a monster and its favourite thing to do is to put things under a magnifying glass so they seem big. One of the ways it does this is by using all-or-nothing language. When thoughts are racing through my head, I take a step back (sometimes physically by going for a walk) and take a look at the language of my thoughts. If I catch "everyone" "nobody" "always" "never" "everything" "nothing", I red flag it for anxiety and act accordingly.
December 21st, 2015 8:13am
When you're not being your normal self. Notice from specific signs in your behaviour - trembling hands or something like that. Also, do you feel like yourself? Or is there a sense of nervousness down the stomach making you panic? Well, signs like those as well.
July 23rd, 2018 12:43am
You catch yourself in a loop of questions instead of answering any of them. Creating doubt where reality has already answered.
May 2nd, 2015 4:49pm
If it seems rushed and urgent, it's probably anxiety talking. If it feels like you can't sleep on it, and you need to make a decision RIGHT NOW, it's probably your anxiety. In reality, most things can wait til tomorrow. There's an idea that you don't gain any additional insight or information after you've worried about something for longer than 10 minutes. So if you've thought about it for longer than 10 minutes, you're probably just worrying and ruminating in a way that isn't actually helping you fix the problem. When that happens, try to put the topic on hold til after dinner, or til tomorrow, or til Monday. :)
October 26th, 2015 2:57am
Anxiety is when you allow your paniced thoughts to take over and you start to worry too much about your problem. Rational thinking is when you can take your time and think of a solution. If you feel that your rushing thoughts instead of calmly thinking, then that's when you can tell your anxiety is doing the thinking. In short, when you can't think straight, it's hard to think rationally.
December 7th, 2015 2:49am
Usually when your anxiety is talking you will think irrational things. You might become annoyed or upset over a situation due to the stress level you may feel you are under.
April 28th, 2015 11:14pm
Usually, I think you can tell when you're refusing any questions, any advice. Or when you say things without thinking them over, even a little bit When you don't realize what you're saying until after.
November 23rd, 2015 7:46pm
Rational thinking can be pretty objective, outweigh one choice over the others by reasoning. With anxiety however it is purely focussing on where your current state of mind is pushing you to.
June 21st, 2016 4:45pm
Sometimes when our anxiety is talking it's usually all negative things. Irrational things that sometimes might not even make sense, Sometimes we just need to take a step back and take a deep breath and remember where we are and what we're doing. :)
September 5th, 2016 6:58pm
Your rational tends to be thought out before saying it, Your thoughts are processed for a few seconds, hence you are thinking rationally. On the other hand, anxiety is when its a bunch of jumbled thoughts in your mind and you are unable to organize and process those thoughts.
December 7th, 2020 9:02am
Anxiety is caused by nervousness, fear , apprehension, and being worrysome . For some they seem vulnerable in a sense. If at a disproportionate level , it can lead to a medical disorder. Rational thinking is the ability to consider the relevant variables of a situation and to access, organize , and analyze relevant information (e.g., facts, opinions , judgments, and data) to arrive at a sound conclusion. Rationality is a state of being agreeable to reason and implies the conformity of one's beliefs with one's reasons to believe , and of one's actions with one's reasons for action.