Excessive Worry

Excessive Worry Treatment

Excessive Worry: This can represent what is called Generalized Anxiety Disorder, characterized by disproportionate anxiety and apprehension, more often present than not, involving a number of life events and responsibilities.  Examples can be excessive worry about work, children, finances, health, etc…  A key part of this is that the person has difficulty controlling the worry.  Accompanying features can include restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge, being easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating or mind going blank, irritability, muscle tension, trouble falling asleep because of the worries or a restless sleep.  Symptoms of depression can often accompany Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  Some degree of worry about things can be a helpful characteristic and is often associated with being very conscientious; but when excessive, it can cause someone to never feel fully at ease or content.  Again, some degree of worry is healthy because it can motivate action, but excessive anxiety can make it harder to get things done, and cause the person to feel chronically unsettled.