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Why We Believe Worry Helps Us


Holding positive beliefs about worry ("It helps me problem solve, it makes me more contentious") can contribute to excessive worry and anxiety. Learn the most common positive beliefs about worry, and what you can do to lower your worry and anxiety.

Generalized Anxiety Spotlight10

Why We Believe Worry Helps Us

Saturday February 1, 2014

The link between worry and Generalized Anxiety Disorder is clear: excessive worry is one of the main features of GAD. But what about your beliefs about your worry? Can the way you feel about your worry affect your level of anxiety?

A new research study shows that holding positive beliefs about your worry--believing it helps you to function as a better person, or helps you to avoid negative things in life--contributes to maintaining your worry and anxiety. In fact, the results show that the more you buy into the positive beliefs about worry, the more severe your worry may be.

Read more about the Five Ways That We Believe Worry Helps Us, including five strategies to reduce your level of worry.


Kids and Anxiety

Tuesday May 17, 2011

Childhood should be filled with carefree days running around outside, playing dress-up, and goofing off with friends.  There are usually few, if any, real responsibilities, so most kids limit their worrying to ensuring that nothing important is left off of their holiday-time wish lists.

Unfortunately, for children with generalized anxiety disorder, their days are spent differently, as they battle overwhelming fears and stressors about school, their appearance, the future, friends, and anything else that might cross their mind. They're often up restless at night with worry and self-doubt taking over their thoughts, and during the day, they find it hard to concentrate.

While some anxiety at a young age is normal, it's important to learn the symptoms of GAD in kids to know when a child's level of stress is becoming unhealthy.

Study shows abnormalities in brains of anxiety-disorder patients

Wednesday February 17, 2010

A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found patients suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, have abnormalities in the way their brain unconsciously controls emotions.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18 percent of Americans have an anxiety disorder. GAD in particular is marked by extreme feelings of fear and uncertainty; people with the disorder live in a state of non-stop worry and often struggle getting through their daily lives.

"Patient's experience anxiety and worry and respond excessively to emotionally negative stimuli, but it's never been clear really why," said Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, acting assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and first author of the study.

Etkin recruited 17 people with GAD and 24 healthy participants and used functional magnetic resonance imaging and a behavioral marker to compare what happened when the two groups performed an emotion-based task. The task involved viewing images of happy or fearful faces, overlaid with the words "fear" or "happy," and using a button box to identify the expression of each face. Not all the words matched up -- some happy faces featured the word "fear," and vice versa -- which created an emotional conflict for participants.

Job Anxiety Making People Better Employees

Saturday February 28, 2009
With a lot of anxiety occurring around the job market and the economy, employees are apparently showing better work habits. This is a part of anxiety that many people do not think about: it can be motivational. For more on this, read the Top 5 Ways Anxiety Can Be Helpful.

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