LAKE MARY, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Blaming yourself when things go wrong might be more dangerous than you think.
A study shows that people who are hard on themselves may be more likely to develop obsessive compulsive disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder.
Researchers from the University of Hiroshima tested the theory, which linked feelings of personal responsibility and the likelihood of both mental disorders.
They discovered that people who scored higher in inflated responsibility were more likely to exhibit obsessive behaviors, such as excessive hand-washing.
The study found that those with OCD were tortured by negative thinking, while those with anxiety worry about everything.
Experts say simply questioning your fretting may help you snap out of it.
So, the next time you point the finger at yourself, try giving yourself a break for the sake of your health.