Worry and anxiety: Do you know the difference?

With today’s tumultuous and uncharted climate, a certain amount of worry and anxiety are normal. While we use these terms interchangeably, they are entirely different animals – and they have different implications for health and well-being.
If people aren’t a little bit worried right now, that’s a problem. Worry and anxiety fall on a spectrum. They’re different states, but they’re also interrelated.
Worry versus anxiety
Chances are good that you regularly experience some level of worry (or even anxiety). But what do these terms really mean? Both states are marked by a sense of concern, disquiet and possibly stress. But they’re not the same.
Here are five key differences between worry and anxiety:
Worry and anxiety are not all bad. In fact, they can motivate change. The key is using problem-solving skills to address what you’re worried about and reduce the risk of your fears being realized.
What to do if you’re worrying excessively
If you worry excessively, or if you’re struggling with anxiety, there are a number of things you can do on your own or with the help of a professional to quiet your reactions. A few things you can do at home:
Worry and anxiety shouldn’t be your default zone. If you’re struggling with constant fears and concerns, talk to your doctor. Most primary care providers can address generalized anxiety. Concerned about visiting the doctor? A number of mental health providers offer video visits or other types of virtual care.
To find a doctor or therapist at Henry Ford, visit henryford.com or call 1-800-HENRYFORD (436-7936).
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