Anticipatory anxiety is when a person experiences high anxiety by thinking about an event or situation in the future. Anticipatory anxiety is not a specific disorder in its own right, but rather a symptom found in other anxiety related conditions, such as generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).
Anticipatory Anxiety can last for months leading up to an event and can be extremely tiring to the sufferer. People with anticipatory anxiety specifically focus on what they think might happen, often with terrible predictions about an event. These negative predictions about the event will be different depending on the anxiety level of the person experiencing them and their effect will range from incapacitating to merely uncomfortable.
Anticipatory anxiety can also accompany phobias. Take visiting the dentist for example. If you have a phobia of going to the dentist then leading up to an appointment you could engage in lots of negative thinking or catastrophising about the experience. This is classed as anticipatory anxiety because you are becoming anxious about a future event that has not yet happened. As with most experiences linked with anticipatory anxiety the actual event is usually trouble free and none of the negative predictions come true.
Anticipatory anxiety, phobias and associated anxiety disorders are all curable.
By following The Panic Shutdown Method you can recover from your anxiety condition very quickly.