Those of us with anxiety are incredible storytellers. It's not that we're lying or that we're not logical, strictly speaking, but that we misidentify the trigger--everything that comes after that misidentification is perfectly logical, but that initial story that trips us up, sets us off.
Whatever the stimuli is--a headache, a cryptic email from one's boss/partner, a new social situation--becomes colored and twisted by a very active, if sensitive, inner landscape. The headache becomes meningitis, the email a lay-off/break-up, the party 100% guaranteed to end in some disaster of social humiliation. The actions we take following those thoughts--symptom-checking on the internet, arriving at our boss's office/partner's lunch date in a right state of panic, spending the entire party in the corner (if we show up at all)--are a completely logical response to the thought that came before--IF that initial thought were grounded in reality.
Put it this way--we anxious people, we well-wired (if bent) little walking antennae, pick up the initial signal from the initial trigger and wrap it around ourselves so tightly, we cut off all sensation--breath, blood, nerves. At that point, who *wouldn't* panic? So that first story, that FIRST story. Can we catch it? Can we just *see* if there's a possibility of another plotline? Another explanation? Can we just entertain that, if only for a moment? And then a moment longer? And then just a smidge longer? And can we eventually decide that not every situation is a red alert?
And if so, can we finally sleep at night and wake in the morning without wondering what small thing will stop our heart this time?