Is there a solution to worrying besides "don't worry"? Certainly, the usual platitudes abound: Lighten up. You can't control the world. Everything happens for a reason. They seldom help -- so we set out to find out what does. We identified six types of worriers and asked experts including a Buddhist psychotherapist and a social-science researcher to show us how each type can get a handle on their hand-wringing. Chances are you'll see yourself in more than one of the following worry profiles -- and that's okay (we did, too). The goal isn't to pull the plug on all of your worries, but to better understand where they come from and start seeing -- and changing -- the effects they have on the way you live.
Psychotherapist and yoga expert Stephen Cope, author of "The Wisdom of Yoga: A Seeker's Guide to Extraordinary Living"; Dr. Robert Leahy, cognitive psychologist and author of "The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You."
Text by Terri Trespicio; illustrations by Laura Levine