Chronic worrying isn’t just a mental health issue; it can lead to other health problems, such as heart attacks, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems and more. About one in four people worry enough to meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder that may require treatment.
Chronic worrying causes Anxiety disorders appear to be the result of a combination of biological factors–they run in families–and personal circumstances, such as life experiences.
Chronic worrying symptoms People worry about job security, their children, health, relationships and events occurring around the world, such as wars or disasters. Chronic worriers think about their concerns constantly and may even be aware that their worries are extreme and out of proportion. Eventually the worries can start to interfere with daily life, work and relationships. If you do have GAD, you may also experience insomnia, headaches and other physical symptoms.
Chronic worrying diagnosis/tests If you try to deal with your worries, but they don’t improve or subside, or you start having panic attacks, talk to your doctor. She may conduct a physical exam to make sure your symptoms aren’t related to another health condition and/or refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.
Chronic worrying treatment Treatment for chronic worrying/GAD varies but may include:
• Medications Your doctor may prescribe anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs to reduce your anxiety.
• Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) This form of psyschotherapy helps people change their anxious thoughts into more rational ones.
Chronic worrying prevention These strategies may help you keep your worrying under control:
• Get real Make sure you’re not worrying about something when you don’t have all of the facts.
• Talk it out Sharing your anxieties with a friend or your partner can help.
• Act now If you’re worried about money or health, for example, start saving or paying bills or make an appointment to see your doctor if you have concerns.