I have a lot of concern for things because I can't afford not to. I'm also very observant to things in or out of place. But it stops there. I'm sure there are very many things that I'm concerned with and some of them are an unconscious reaction. I don't know why people take a common concern and make it a worry instead. I do feel it has a connection to anxiety and panic because of the replaying round and round as happens with anxiety and to some extent panic.
If so then CBT should be able to short circuit it the same way it does with unwanted thoughts. Concern is a survival skill so it has priority above all other thoughts. But concern is short lived as it should be, in fact for me, it is often so short it is barely noticeable. The biggest problem with worry is that not only does it use time that could be used for pleasant activities but it covers other concerns. So things get missed and the person then thinks they have a memory problem. And because things get missed there is a memory problem. It is hard to remember things you missed. And this leads to confusion and more worry.
So I would say if there is an answer it would be to find a way to take this worry and turn it into concern instead.
I also think that if a person could change this that they would get a big part of their life back.
There seems to be a bigger connection to fear and phobias with worry than with concern. See if there was a connection to fear with concern then it would likely replay and turn into worry. Maybe this is what happens. Maybe I have concern rather than worry because I have solutions so there is no need for fear.
Interesting how so many mental issues have a common connection to thinking positive and changing thought patterns.
You know that I have little influence from the media because I don't watch TV or listen to negative information, be it from people or the media. Negative certainly does breed negative and worry breeds more worry.
The strange thing and this can be dangerous is that some people can lose concern because of worry becoming so fixated on one thing they miss things happening around them. This of course causes fear and Agoraphobia.
So there would be a very big load lifted if worry could be stopped.
Now of course there are things like core beliefs, habit and need that can be stumbling blocks to curing this too.
You can't change something unless you really want to.
Leading by example can work if the person being led is open to to taking that example and making it theirs.
I'm actually aware that I have better understanding and more determination than the average person and that I can stick with something even if it seems to be going no where. Therefore I have patience and understanding for those that take a long time. One has to remember, me included that I have been working at this a very long time and had some very good help which I realize is not available to many.
Worry can interfere with health and I think this is a bigger problem than suspected. Anyway it is a vicious circle and all I can really say is that I am so glad I don't worry.
I have a follow up appointment on thursday and it isn't really even a concern other thanI have to remember to go.
No I don't think you are off base. You make some very good points and it doesn't hurt to be reminded that I have already done what I try to explain so am not quite in the same boat as someone newly experiencing it.