I don’t think I have traumatic memories, though I often believe that my anxiety started with my father’s death when I was 12. My dreams, so far as I can tell, are vivid, graphic and in colour. Unfortunately, I never remember anything very coherent from them. The little scraps I do remember are often irrational and hard to translate into words.

when people with anxiety visualize, we visualize all the infinite worst-case scenarios as well, which is very overwhelming.

Excellent point, and thank you for spelling this out. The idea of visualization is so strange to me that I sometimes seem to use the term without remembering that it’s a real thing and that people actually think that way. In my case, the anxiety seems to come not from imagining the infinite worse case scenarios but from not being able to picture what might be lurking out there where I can’t see it. So, while I might not have anything to rescript, I think I’ve overlooked the possibility that for many people the visual images may be just so overwhelming as to make rescripting impossible.

Writer of (mainly short) fiction, criticism/discussion and other stuff; I discovered in my late 50s that I’m aphantasic https://www.artkavanagh.ie

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