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How Anxiety Causes Worries, and Vice Versa

Micah Abraham, BSc
How Anxiety Causes Worries, and Vice Versa

It’s healthy to worry. Worrying means you care. Worrying is what makes you aware of who and what is going on around you. Worry is what helps you react when you need to react, and worrying is what helps you value the things in life that mean something to you.

But there is “normal” worrying, and there is anxiety worrying. Those that struggle with anxiety may find themselves worrying all the time, often about irrational things, or more than is appropriate for the situation. Worries are both a sign and a symptom of anxiety, and one of the most common issues that those with anxiety want to cure.

Is Worrying Itself Just Anxiety?

Some use the terms “worry” and “anxiety” interchangeably. But not everyone with anxiety worries in the traditional sense. Some people have more physical anxiety (such as with panic attacks), and others have worries but no other anxiety symptoms. 

Differences Between Worrying and Anxiety

The primary differences between worrying and anxiety are the following:

Those with anxiety do worry. But the mere act of having worries does not itself mean that you have anxiety. There are is usually some additional issue, such as physical symptoms or worrying so severe that that it affects your job or personal life.

Worrying as a Symptom of Anxiety

For those with anxiety, It’s helpful to see worrying as its own separate symptom.

Although everyone with anxiety has some worries, such as worrying that they may have another panic attack, or feeling worried that they’ll be judged for their OCD thoughts, some people find that worrying IS one of their worst anxiety symptoms, because they find themselves worrying about different issues all the time.

Worries come in all shapes and sizes:

There are those that worry about their health, and those that find themselves overwhelmingly concerned about money, safety, change, grades, work, friends, and more.

Those that worry often are more likely to have what’s known as “Generalized Anxiety Disorder,” or “GAD.” Although there are many types of anxiety that can cause worries, and not everyone with generalized anxiety disorder will find themselves in a frequent state of worry, it is more common with GAD than with any other form of anxiety.

How to Stop Anxiety Worries

If you worry because of anxiety, but it is not necessarily a significant symptom compared to other issues you’re facing, it may help to focus more broadly on curing your anxiety in general. But if you are someone that worries often, and it is one of your most distressing symptoms, the following strategies can help you reduce it:

Of course, the best thing you can do is eliminate your anxiety in general. If you can get rid of your anxiety, many of the worries will go away with it, as constant worrying is a symptom of anxiety.

Free Yourself of Excessive Worry

Everyone has worries. It means you’re human and you care about things. But if constant worrying is a symptom of your anxiety, and you can’t seem to find any relief from the symptoms, the problem may be that you have anxiety. If that’s the case, the best way to reduce the frequency of your worries is to fight your anxiety.

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