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The reasons why, once we start worrying, some of us just can't stop

06 February 2017

New review looks to hone in on the cognitive and emotional factors that lie behind prolonged bouts of worrying.

A small amount of worrying is just a part of life, but for some people worrying can reach pathological levels - once the worry has taken hold it cannot be shaken off and becomes distressing.

There are many factors that contribute to these problems, but a new review in Biological Psychology has tried to hone in on the cognitive and emotional factors that specifically contribute to prolonged bouts of worry.

The researchers explained that what can set pathological worriers off in the first place is being highly vigiliant to any source of danger or threat, whilst a deeply held belief that the worry is actually a good thing can prolong the bout.

Read more on our Research Digest blog.

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