Anxiety vs Worry

Anxiety and worry- we use these words interchangeably but they are not the same thing.  The dictionary defines anxiety as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome” and worry as “a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.” Similar, but not the same.

Let’s look at differences between anxiety and worry:

 

Anxiety

  • Causes paralysis
  • Vague concerns
  • Severe emotional response
  • The source is vague, generic ‘unknowns’
  • Often can’t be expressed in words
  • It controls you
  • Manifests in the body physically
  • Can last and linger for days
  • Completely inhibits the ability to function normally in personal and professional settings
Worry

  • Wants us to fix the problem
  • Specific concerns
  • Mild emotional response
  • The source is specific, realistic concerns
  • Can be communicated verbally
  • You control it
  • Manifests in the mind
  • Relatively temporary
  • Does not completely inhibit the ability to function normally in personal and professional settings

 

When I work with people who tell me they have anxiety, one of the first things I do is determine if they are experiencing anxiety, worry or both because the way to treat them are different. Anxiety is considered the ‘common cold’ of mental health issues, because it is so common. As a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Provider  (CCATP), I have additional training on evidence-based techniques that will help you manage anxiety.

Anxiety is highly treatable! If you are struggling with anxiety and/or worry, contact me to schedule an appointment. Let’s get started on you controlling anxiety instead of it controlling you.

 

Love yourself! You deserve it!
Tina Gray-Siebers, MS, LPC, CCATP