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Fear

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My Therapist Says

Instead of focusing on worst-case outcomes that are already highly unlikely, why not consider the total opposite?

Illustration: Kate Dehler


Psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer explains how anxiety masquerades as helpful

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We have to reframe the very notion of risk, of fear. The more we minimize risk, the less there is to fear.

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I am at the house of God. But the angels are holding their breath.’

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There’s nothing like a new and poorly understood virus to bring out the hypochondriac in all of us

A young man holding his chest in pain while relaxing on a sofa at home.
A young man holding his chest in pain while relaxing on a sofa at home.
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My diagnosis helped me pinpoint my phobia — and overcome it

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Trust Issues

New kinds of eating disorders feed off our cultural obsession with healthy diets

Illustrations by Thoka Maer

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