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The impact of worrying on intolerance of uncertainty

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Keywords: uncertainty, intolerance of uncertainty, worry

Previous research has found that approximately 77% of the population worries about three things on a daily basis. 2% of the population has been found to have excessive and uncontrollable worrying, to the extent that it harms their health. Excessive worrying is a primary feature of Generalised Anxiety Disorder.

The most frequent worry for the vast majority of people centres around interpersonal relationships.
Worry refers to a chain of thoughts and images which are negative and can feel relatively uncontrollable.

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