By the time most of us reach adulthood we understand that worrying is simply a part of life. We all go through stressful times at one point or another and it is natural to be concerned about the outcome of those events. However, for many people, worrying becomes a chronic condition that affects their life on multiple levels. For these people, it is important to understand the characteristics of Chronic Worry Disorder and how they can seek relief from their concerns.
Chronic Worry Disorder is a symptom of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. This high level of concern develops in individuals who feel the need to be hyper-vigilant with regard to their lives and those of their friends and family. They often feel that if they worry enough about important issues or fears they can prevent those concerns from coming to fruition. The problem is that most of their worries revolve around issues that they have no control over; in other words, unproductive concerns.
The amount of worrying involved and that lack of control can lead to other psychiatric disorders, such as:
- Panic Disorder
Chronic Worry Disorder can also lead to physical concerns, such as:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
But how can you tell if your worry has become disproportionate and unreasonable? You should be concerned if you:
- Consistently worry about future failures, dangers, or other types of negative outcomes
- Repeatedly run through the same concerns over and over again in your mind
- Attempt to stop worrying by anxiously avoiding certain situations
- Become paralyzed with worry and are unable to focus on constructive solutions to your problems.
The good news is there are many effective treatments to help rid you of your chronic worrying. Some suggested treatments include psychotherapy and relaxation techniques. Oftentimes, your doctor may suggest specialized coping techniques and cognitive behavior therapy to help you learn ways to train your brain away from unproductive concern. In some cases, medication is used in conjunction with psychotherapy. With so many ways to treat this condition, there’s no reason to not seek help and take a step toward gaining your life back.
In Getting to Know Anxiety Drs. Rosen and Gross offer readers an overview of today’s challenging mental health issues and the most current treatment methods available, as well as practical strategies for mental and emotional self-care.