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Published on July 10, 2017

Worried About Worry?

Worried about worry

Everyone regularly experiences anxiety, from minor concerns such as getting the grocery shopping done on time to major stress such as the health or safety of oneself or a loved one. It is not surprising, then, that anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorders in the United States. However, the commonplace nature of worry in our society can make it difficult to distinguish between everyday anxiousness or a diagnosable anxiety disorder.

Some indications that you may be experiencing greater than typical levels of worry:

  1. You have trouble concentrating on the tasks at hand because you are constantly worrying about what might go wrong, future events and interactions, things on your to-do list, etc.
  1. Your worrying is disrupting your sleep. At night you lay in bed, exhausted, but your mind won’t let you rest.
  1. You avoid people and situations that make you nervous. You cancel plans with your friends and rarely go to new places due to fear of negative outcomes.

If any of this sounds like you, or if you have been noticing these characteristics in someone you care about, take the first step to recovery with a free, simple online anxiety screening. With the right resources, anxiety is a highly treatable condition.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dave Miers, PhD, is the counseling and program development manager for mental health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves as the past co-chair. Dr. Miers is a member of the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers helped develop the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, Neb. He also helped develop other LOSS teams in Nebraska and is active with LOSS team development on a national level.


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