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What happens with excessive worrying?

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Worrying is feeling uneasy or being overly concerned about a situation or problem. Everyone has worries now and then. But if it happens a lot, your mind and body go into overdrive as you constantly focus on "what might happen." In the midst of excessive worrying, you may feel a lot of anxiety, and even panic. It can affect your appetite, lifestyle habits, relationships, sleep, and job performance. Some people turn to harmful lifestyle habits such as overeating, cigarette smoking, or using alcohol and drugs.

From: How Worrying Affects the Body WebMD Medical Reference

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 Joseph Goldberg on August 10, 2017

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 Joseph Goldberg on August 10, 2017

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