We do not want to suffer. For much of life this desire steers us away from danger.
If we have a mental disorder, (PTSD, depression, etc) avoiding brings more suffering.
I started out avoiding a few things to control my fight or flight firing. The adrenal stress response is preparing us for a lethal threat.
This state is filled with fear, anxiety and unrest.
It scares us because we seem to have no influence over it.
Mine fired when it wanted, my effort did nothing to stop it.
This behavior made things much worse. At bottom I spent six months in my dark garage, agoraphobic.
My fight or flight still fired ten plus times a day.
Escaping my mind was impossible.
My nervous system was upside down. Cortisol and adrenaline were at extreme levels, a day felt like a week.
Healing came when I faced my triggers…
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