What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Toxic Worrying?
Signs and symptoms of toxic worrying can include sleep issues, weight gain, wrinkles, digestive issues and muscular tension. In this video, clinical psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, explains some of the symptoms that accompany toxic worrying.
So toxic worrying comes out in physical symptoms a lot
of times. For some people, it's the inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep. For some people, it's weight gain.
Yes, that's right. If you're gaining five pounds or more a month, it could absolutely be toxic worry, because what happens is your body lays down fat cells when it's stressed.
Worry causes your body to be stressed. And let's face it, when you're worried, you probably don't reach for a fresh garden salad.
You tend to eat more. So weight gain is a sign of toxic worry too. Wrinkles, excessive wrinkles or when your skin breaks out
a lot, that could be a sign of toxic worry. The worry is a stress in our body and stress adversely affects pretty much every organ system,
including your skin. GI disturbances can be a sign of toxic worry. When you're worried, it causes stress
in your gastrointestinal tract, it can lead to things like constipation, diarrhea, stomach cramping, all kinds of that stuff. Not very fun.
And then, finally, tension. Muscular tension, because when you worry, you perceive a threat that's going to be happening
to you or someone else. It causes your muscles to be tense. It can also come out in irritability and anger towards your loved ones.
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