Kathi Whitten, LCSW - Individual, Couple & Family Psychotherapy

May 12, 2011

At times, everyone has experienced worry. Perhaps it was a concern for their own well-being or that of someone else.

But for some, worry becomes a chronic, instantaneous reaction to almost anything that is stressful in life. People may believe it is not a serious situation, and sometimes merely brush it off, saying, "It's just the way I am."

However, excessive worry can cause problems. For one thing, it causes physical changes related to anxiety in the body. For another, it can be a habit that prevents people from finding more skillful ways of dealing with the problems they are facing.

For those whose worry is a long-standing habitual reaction to stress or unexpected events, psychotherapy can be very helpful. New and more effective ways of dealing with apprehension and anxiety can lead to a more confident manner of meeting the  demands and unexpected stresses of daily life.