Worry

Friday, October 15, 2010

We spend an awful lot of time worrying. And the time we waste on worry can never be reclaimed. Dr. Edward Hill discusses worry in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Worry is a normal response when you are unsure about things. It may help you feel more prepared in the short run. It may even help you feel some control over what could happen.

When worry becomes a habit that you cant control, it can make life miserable. Worries can get in the way of your daily life and disturb your sleep.

Some people worry about having a serious illness when their doctor is sure they do not. Some worry that symptoms of panic will make them pass out, lose control or have a heart attack.

People can worry about daily troubles, conflicts with others, safety of loved ones or almost anything. For some, worry is a way of life. Worries that make you feel guilty, feel bad about yourself, or feel hopeless may be signs of depression.

Treatment helps most people who worry too much. Sometimes medications can help. Sometimes counseling that helps change your beliefs and habits can help. Work closely with your doctor to find the treatment that is best for you.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.