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What are the health risks of worrying?

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It's hard for you mentally and physically. If you're anxious, you could have short-term symptoms like dry mouth, headaches, and muscle tension. Over time, it could be linked to things like digestive problems and even heart disease. If worry overwhelms you, get help. Start with your doctor or a counselor.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Anxiety Disorders” and "Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)."

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Brief Overview of Anxiety Disorders.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 12, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Anxiety Disorders” and "Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)."

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Brief Overview of Anxiety Disorders.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 12, 2020

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