London - Don't worry - and it might happen. Worrying may be a key to survival; a first step in the body's defence strategy when faced with threats. ….
“Feelings like worry and anxiety may be unpleasant, but it seems they are part of our defensive repertoire and help keep us safe and it is only when they become exaggerated do they represent an illness,” says Dr Adam Perkins of King's College London. ….
…. In fact, mild-to-moderate anxiety has been shown to have tangible benefits. A study of patients having minor surgery showed that those with moderate anxiety did better post-operatively than those with high or low anxiety levels. One theory is that moderate anxiety about real threats helps people cope with those challenges. ….
It also emerged that there are people who worry less than normal. People with ADHD, for example, may have lower levels of anxiety and so too may psychopaths. Low levels are also found in risk-takers.
“People who worry and are also blessed with high IQ tend to be visionaries, planners, creators and inventors. People who do not worry much at all, but are also highly intelligent, tend to be the successful implementers in frontline, stressful situations. ….
While some worrying is necessary and protective, both too little and too much, it seems, can be hazardous.
Excessive worrying is not only potentially unhealthy, it has absolutely no value and purpose.