Worry Does No Good
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.. is a disorder involving extreme levels of unstoppable worrying, for things that usually don’t come true.
GAD leads to lost energy and wastage of time, and in some cases, it actually manifests a negative outcome. It depletes our ability to think well and to concentrate, delaying any productive work or decision making.
Worrying is an all-in-all bad deal, but it is difficult to stop ourselves using sheer willpower.
Certain approaches can help:
Catastrophizing is when people think that the worst outcome will come true and will have consequences that would be unmanageable or unsurvivable. We think worry helps us solve problems and cope up with negative outcomes, but the assumption is inaccurate.
Repeated worry has no benefits while incurring significant wear and tear of the body/mind, increasing psychological stress, and creating misery.
All people experience negative or troubling thoughts from time to time. Worry helps us to anticipate and prepare for the challenges in life.
But for some, worry can be persistent and overwhelming. People who worry a lot can become depressed and shift to a negative outlook on life.
Severe chronic worriers are less accepting of their emotions, meaning they're intolerant of uncertainty and negative emotions.
Meanwhile, non-worriers tend to look at negative emotions as a sign that whatever is causing those emotions needs attention. They use emotions to make informed decisions.
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