The Celebrity Therapist

The Celebrity Therapist

Are You An Excessive Worrier?

Sherry Gaba LCSW, Psychotherapist, Life & Recovery Coach is featured Celebrity Rehab on VH1. Sherry is the author of “The Law of Sobriety” which uses the law of attraction to recover from any addiction. Please download your  free E books at  Contact Sherry for webinars, teleseminars, coaching packages and speaking engagements. Listen to Sherry on “A Moment of Change with Sherry Gaba”on CBS Radio


Some people have very obvious addiction and behaviors that are self-destructive. These people may choose to ignore these addictions until they become so problematic that they cannot be covered up or concealed. Addicts often go through recovery programs including addiction counseling, 12 Step programs or use a therapist to help get their life back on track.

However, there are lots of soft addictions or hidden habits that people have that can be sabotaging anyone’s life. These types of hidden addictions will result in being unable to be effective in your life, missing opportunities or failing to achieve goals. One of the most common of these hidden habits includes excessive worrying. If you are an excessive worrier you may frequently or constantly engage in the one or more of the following behaviors:


  1. Replaying every perceived mistake over and over in your mind.
  2. Looking for all the problems that can happen in any new activity, event or opportunity.
  3. Creating negative thoughts about positive issues despite the lack of any indication that problems are present.
  4. Failing to take any action because of the fear of what may happen.

Excessive worrying is not something that is easily be detected by those around you. It is not as obvious as a drug or alcohol addiction but it can be just as challenging to work through. Knowing that you worry constantly and make mountains out of mole hills is the first step in being able to change this behavior.

If you are an excessive worrier sometimes the ability to realistically and accurately look at the world around you is the main problem. A life coach can be a great asset in helping you to focus on the positive reality and avoid focusing in on the highly improbable issues you are creating. The really remarkable thing is that when you focus in on the positives you will find that those negatives just don’t occur; reinforcing your new worry free lifestyle.

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