Intrusive or over-detached? You may have anxiety disorder

From over-nurturing to extreme detachment, these are some of the negative methods used by people to cope with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), says a psychologist.

Worrying comes naturally to all of us, but it can be so obsessive that it may sabotage our social relationships, says Case Western Reserve psychologist Amy Przeworski.

`All individuals worried to the same extent and extreme, but manifested those worries in different ways,` Przeworski said. Take the examples of two people with similar worries about someone`s health and safety.

One person may exhibit that worry through frequent intrusive expressions of concern for the other person. Think of the parent or spouse who calls every five minutes to get an update on what`s happening.

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Another person may exhibit the worry by criticising the behaviours that the person believes to be careless or reckless.

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