Harvard Health Letter

Are your daily concerns a sign of an anxiety disorder?

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It's not normal to worry about something new every single day. If it interferes with your daily life, it's time to mention it to your doctor.

Telltale signs include needing more assurance than usual and restricting activities because of fears or concerns.

You may think it's natural to worry about loved ones or catching a plane on time. But when worrying becomes obsessive, it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. "Ruminating, or going over and over the same worry or decision, is a warning sign," says Dr. Ann Epstein, a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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