I don't have anxiety but I've been told I do by therapists, What do I do?
Last Updated: 12/15/2020 at 12:57am
Tara Davis, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
I have worked successfully with a wide range of difficulties. Nothing is more important than developing a warm, compassionate relationship with someone you can trust
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I recommend that you chat with your therapist! Somehow your therapist got the idea that you do have anxiety; perhaps by what you've been talking about or things that you've been saying. Ask them! Why is it that they said that? It's okay to call your therapist out on it - that's what they are there for. Perhaps there might have been a miscommunication or perhaps they just need to explain it better.
Although some might be quacks, mostly if a therapist have come to the conclusion you have an anxiety disorder you probably do. It would be best to follow their advice and engage in treatment.
Trust your therapist, they may be seeing something that you do not recognize yourself. Having anxiety isn’t a bad thing persay - and if you do in fact have it - it may be a mild form and that’s why you don’t see it.
If you have been diagnosed with anxiety yet feel this is wrong, you can always ask for a second opinion. You could also explain to the therapist that you feel you do not have anxiety. However be mindful that often we can bury our heads in the sand and be in denial about having a problem. Often it takes an outside view to help us realise what is ongoing in our lives. So be mindful of this and open to other opinions. If nothing else the therapists will give you good coping mechanisms which you can use day to day despite having anxiety or not.
It sounds like you think your therapists are incorrect. Do you know the signs and symptoms of anxiety? Have you compared your behavior to those signs and symptoms? Did the therapists explain why they think you have anxiety? It is possible that you are unaware of your anxiety or that you are unconsciously or subconsciously denying it. At the end of the day, you know your body best, so if you are certain that you do not have anxiety, then perhaps your therapists are wrong. In the future, if you do notice you have signs of anxiety, you can always schedule an appointment with them.
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