New Study Shows a Positive Side to Worrying

A new study by the University of California at Riverside shows there are many positive effects that can result from a person’s worry. The study showed that worry is associated with recovery from traumatic events, adaptive preparation and planning, and recovery from depression. People who report greater worry may perform better in work or school, seek more information in response to stressful events and engage in more successful problem solving. Researchers found that worry served as a cue or warning that a situation is serious and requires action. They also found that worry motivates people to take action and find ways to reduce their worry. Prior research has shown that worry can lead to preventive health behavior, for example, concern about skin cancer could be a predictor of sunscreen use. The study found that worry could benefit a person’s emotional state as well by serving as an emotional buffer in the case of bracing for the worst.