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There is a difference between fear and anxiety. The definition of fear reads: an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. For example, a child often fears going to the doctor because of the association with shots and pain. The definition of anxiety reads: an overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it. For example, a child already fearing a visit to the doctor now is terribly worried about how he/she will react to simply being in the doctor’s office, let alone reacting to the possibility of vaccinations. The layers continue to mount until a full blown attack of anxiety renders said child into an emotional volcano. As a parent of a child who suffers from generalized anxiety, I have been on the receiving end of the volcano. It’s not fun That’s why Totem Tamers was born, hoping to find a way of preventing the volcano from erupting. People who suffer from anxiety wish they didn’t, and even though there is no cure-all, there are ways of coping and a totem in hand is one of them!

Stay well!