Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Worry Wart Removal


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Your friends jokingly call you a worry wart. You’re often up late at night worrying yourself into oblivion. The bills, your marriage, your kids, your job, your dog, your pet rock. (No, I hope the pet rock thing is stretching it, otherwise you need help pronto!) What if this happens, or that happens, or that other awful thing happens? You toss and turn and wake up frequently during the night in a frantic state of worry.


If you could buy a worry wart removal system, you would. I would tell you to not despair, but I know you wouldn’t be able to. Chances are, you have Generalized Anxiety Disorder. And yes, there is a method of worry wart removal. Of course medications are available, and my preference is to have clients use them (if prescribed by a physician) until we can get to the roots of the problem. Then, hopefully, you will be able to taper it off (only with your physician’s recommendation).


For some reason, you acquired this hypervigilance at some point in your life. It probably helped you to survive in the family you grew up in. Perhaps you grew up in a family where someone shamed or humiliated you, so you turned into a worry wart. Then you tried to anticipate what you should do to get the person to stop hassling you. After a while, you developed a chronic worry problem. It served its purpose for you at one time, but how is it working for you today? Maybe you’re ready to give it up. You can do it. If you’re ready to do some deep work and remove your worry warts, you can. Think of what it would be like to have a relaxed attitude about life, to do your best and let the rest go.





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