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fear that sensations and physiological reactions associated with anxiety will have harmful consequences. An individual with high natural levels of this is more likely to respond fearfully to anxiety sensations than an individual with low anxiety sensitivity. Research indicates that high levels of anxiety sensitivity may reflect an endogenous risk factor for the development of panic attacks and panic disorder.

ANXIETY SENSITIVITY: "A person with high anxiety sensitivity is more likely to feel fearful of his or her own physiological reactions that a person with low anxiety sensitivity. "

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