Anxious worrying is one of several personality styles identified as a risk factor to developing a depressive disorder. The other personality styles, which have been described in previous articles are:
– Social avoidant
– Personal reserve
– Sensitivity to rejection.
Not all of them are considered to be risk factors for depression.
People with high levels of anxious worrying in their personality style are more likely to have a parent who suffers from anxiety, more likely to have demonstrated traits of behavioural inhibition and school refusal as a youngster, more likely to have DSM-IV Cluster C personality traits (such as rejection sensitivity, irritability and self-criticism) and score highly on measures of neuroticism, trait anxiety and worrying. In comparison to other presentations of non-melancholic depression, they are more likely to have developed the depressive disorder at an earlier age and suffer more frequent … Read More