WORRY And COGNITIVE PROCESSING: Worry, unlike anxiety, improves memory skills in elderly, Stanford study finds.. By Hank Curci, MS MATH Stanford




Worrying actually helps alleviate the negative effects on memory and cognitive processing caused by depression and anxiety in older adults, according to a new study published recently in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. 



This runs counter to the commonly held idea that worrying exacerbates cognitive difficulties and is solely ‘bad,’” the study said.

The results of the study surprised researchers who now surmise that worry, particularly obsessive worrying, could be considered as a separate emotional trait from anxiety and depression when determining best treatment options for those with mental health disorders.

“These results flew in the face of what we thought was going to happen,” said Sherry Beaudreau, PhD, lead author of the study conducted by Stanford and VA Palo Alto Health Care investigators.


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