Therapeutic Word of the Day: Worry

“Worry is not planning, it is false action. Worry causes anxiety. Plan for your future, do not worry over it.”

Most people with an anxiety disorder worry all the time. They do this as an action to reduce their anxiety. They justify this by thinking if they worry about a problem, they are working toward solving it, reducing anxiety as a plan is in place. However, worrying is not planning. Worrying is thinking “what if” then working to solve each scenario that can be thought of.

By thinking “what if” over and over, anxiety is slightly reduced but not completely. Over time another “what if” scenario will appear, causing more worry. As we cannot see all possible situations, asking “what if” questions, in the end, is meaningless. There will always be more things to worry over.

Planning, by contrast, is making a plan based on available information and adjusting this plan as needed. Once the plan is in place, attention can be focused on something else. Worry is often an activity that never ends, demanding consistent attention. Worrying leads to anxiety disorders. If you are a worrier, as yourself how this is benefiting you, and ask yourself if there is another way.

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Nathan Driskell

Hello, my name is Nathan Driskell and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in the Houston / Cypress area specializing in the treatment of Internet Addiction & Asperger’s / Autism. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families.

You can reach me at my website or call me directly at 832-559-3520 if you have any questions. Thank You!
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