The University of Sussex

Worried sick: the relationship between worrying and psychological and physical health status

Sophie Hodgson, Frank Tallis, Graham C.L. Davey

This paper describes a prospective study of the relationship between worrying and the reporting of both psychological and physical health symptoms. The results suggested there was a clear and specific link between worrying and psychological health status which was not simply reducable to a number of other anxiety- and depression-related phenomena (including somatic anxiety, negative cognitions, avoidance coping, daily hassles, negative life experiences and levels of depression). However, although there was a significant correlation between worrying and physical health status (as defined by a measure of symptoms of common infectious illnesses). this relationship appeared to be relatively indirect and was not independent of a variety of other factos associated with anxiety.

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