Fear is a natural part of the human condition. That fight or flight instinct that kicks in when we sense danger is sometimes vital for keeping us safe from harm. But sometimes this response can become mixed up in the brain when we have been confronted by an exceptionally stressful period in our lives or a traumatic event. The fear response then kicks in every time we feel threatened by feelings we connect to this. This is often referred to as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and some sufferers also go on to develop panic disorder. Think of these two conditions as rather like a faulty smoke alarm; meant to go off to alert you to the danger of fire, but regularly blasting out a warning signal when you overcook the toast! That’s because anxiety is triggered by a misfiring of the danger responses and the more these triggers go off the more we tend to recoil away from things that can cause us to feel exposed and vulnerable.