Worry is a type of anticipatory anxiety (or apprehensive expectation). It generally relates to anxiety and fear about some imagined/expected future ominous or worst-case scenario event.

Worry is worse than useless; it is outright counter-productive. It is also an extremely common maladaptive thinking style, and it generates considerable personal misery.

Looking towards the future in a sensible way is useful and necessary. However, looking to the future in a way that irrationally triggers off one's natural, and frightening psychological defences is very unwise.

Through a combination of Cognitive Therapy and Psycho-Education, Ed Zahra has developed a unique, effective, and very easy to understand way of putting the future into a rational perspective. This attitudinal approach to worry has helped many people make the word 'worry' a totally redundant part of their vocabulary.

General information only; not specific personal advice. Do not make decision based solely on information on this website. See a health professional for advice about your specific problems. Symptom lists are based primarily on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition diagnostic criteria (by the American Psychiatric Association, 2013).