What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
A disorder that typically occurs with other mood or anxiety afflictions, Generalized Anxiety Disorder subjects an individual to ongoing anxiety that is excessive and unrelenting. A little worry and concern throughout the day or week is normal for most people. With Generalized Anxiety Disorder, however, “normal” anxiety crosses the line to the point that your concern:
- Focuses on the worst-case scenario in most situations
- Occurs almost every day for six months or more
- Is uncontrollable, or
- Significantly disrupts your social life, work, or extra-curricular activities
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To fully understand Generalized Anxiety Disorder, consider this example:
During a party a person overhears someone say that the job market in their town has gone down. The average person would hear this and possibly experience some mild concern. Someone suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder, on the other hand, might not sleep the entire night for fear they will lose their job.
Physical Symptoms of Anxiety
- Constant worrying or obsessing about small or large concerns
- Feeling keyed up or on edge
- Difficulty concentrating
- Fear of losing control or being rejected
- Being easily startled
Psychological Symptoms of Anxiety
- Trouble sleeping
- Muscle Tension
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heartbeat
These signs regularly develop more slowly than symptoms of other disorders; virtually “sneaking up” on a person until they suddenly can’t recall the last time they felt relaxed or at ease. This condition, which can develop in childhood or adulthood, usually requires ongoing treatment. An individual who suffers from this disorder will always be susceptible to becoming anxious, especially when life becomes stressful.
When To Seek Treatment For Anxiety
- It begins to interfere with your life
- You feel depressed
- You have trouble with drinking or drugs
- You have suicidal thoughts, or
- You have other mental health concerns
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatments
Psychotherapists will frequently assist their patients with cognitive behavior therapy, which teaches a person to focus on specific skills that identify negative thoughts and behaviors, then replaces them with positive ones. They can also help the individual learn lifestyle changes, coping skills, and relaxation techniques that can help reduce stress and give the patient more control over their life.
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