Avoidance

Avoidance is a coping behaviour to avoid dealing or thinking about an uncomfortable or distressing situation. In the belief that not thinking about the situation will stop the distress. Which works in the short term. But the greater the avoidance of situations that might trigger panicky feelings. The stronger the long term association between ‘avoiding the problem’ and ‘feeling. Leading to placing a greater importance on avoiding the problem. The problem when it is the health situation that causes you stress is that it is im possible to avoid. So how do you deal with this

Dissociation allows the mind to store thoughts, memories, and emotions. in ‘closed’ compartments. To deal with at a later stage.

Examples of behaviours used to avoid or escape particular thoughts or feelings:
· dissociation,

· safety behaviors,

· anxious avoidance,

· rationalisation and

· escape (including self-medication).

Safety behaviors involved relying on something, or someone. To cope with the fear and anxiety of the situation.

Rationalisation is the practice of seeking a logical explanation or an ‘excuse’ To lessen the power the incident holds

Anxious avoidance is when a person avoids anxiety provoking situations by all means.

Escape or the desire to ‘fight or flight’. is closely related to avoidance.
Escape can involve “doing” or “not doing” something.

Running a situation over and over again in your mind. Also known as rumination. Is a form of avoidance coping. Rumination is often used to escape feelings of uncertainty.

To protect against the negative fallout of a scheduled health appointment or the Release of a Complaint investigation report. Some people may need to play out a non-verbal ‘script’ of how they will deal with the appointment. Or the contents of the Complaint report. This is called
Sensitization.

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