Worrying is a healthy and normal part of being a human. Worrying becomes a problem when it consumes most of your thoughts or interferes with your daily living. If you are suffering from excessive worry, you're not alone. It is important to contact a mental health professional if you believe your worrying is affecting your day-to-day life.
What causes people to worry?
Many things can cause people to worry. Sometimes it can be from current stressors such as work, school, or relationships. Excessive worry may also be the result of past traumatic situations.
Worrying can be a symptom of many mental health conditions. Such conditions may include:
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
When does worrying become anxiety?
Worrying can be normal, but when does a normal amount of worry turn into anxiety? Anxiety happens when worrying thoughts become intense, excessive, and persistent. You may worry about many different things and everyday situations, or you may find yourself ruminating on specific thoughts. If you find that your thoughts are filled with worry to the point where it is interrupting your life, you may have a form of anxiety.
What are the side effects of worrying?
Worrying can cause both psychological and physical side effects. In addition to anxiety, excessive worry can also cause:
- Fast heartbeat
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle aches and tension
- Shortness of breath
- Excess sweating
- Trembling or twitching
- Digestive upset
- Suppressed immune system
Excessive worry can lead to an increased risk of chronic health conditions, such as digestive issues and a weakened immune system. Worrying can also lead to depression or other mental health concerns such as OCD.
What are the most successful ways to end worrying?
Upsetting thoughts can be managed in several ways. Working with a therapist or other mental health professional can help you discover what methods work best for you. One common practice for managing anxious thoughts is practicing mindfulness. Mindful meditation can be a great way to focus your thoughts and be present in the moment. Counseling can also be beneficial to those suffering from worrying, providing a safe space to discuss anxious feelings and thoughts.
How we can help
BCB Therapy is a leading provider of mental health services in central Oregon. If you or a loved one are struggling with worrying, our providers can help. We offer telehealth therapy services, allowing you to stay in the comfort of your own home while receiving mental health treatment. We offer counseling, telemedicine, and EMDR treatment options. If you're ready to get help, contact us right away to schedule an appointment.