Generalized Anxiety Disorder GAD
Generalized anxiety disorder is often times misdiagnosed as everyone feels anxious once in a while, especially when life becomes stressful due to job demands and family problems.
But if you have anxiety that lasts for more than a few days and it interferes with your daily activities and family relationships you may have generalized anxiety disorder.
Or you may have another disorder as generalized anxiety disorder has similar symptoms to obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder and other phobias.
Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be a prolonged challenge and in some instances, it happens at the same time as other anxiety and mood disorders.
In many patients, generalized anxiety disorder gets better over time with medications and psychotherapy. The therapist usually recommends lifestyle changes such as learning coping skills, deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.
The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder vary in combination and acuteness. They can include:
Endless worrying or obsession over every day small problems
Feeling wound up or on edge
Shaking or being easily startled by someone suddenly speaking
Fatigue caused by tense muscles and irregular breathing
Trouble sleeping at night even though your very tired
There may be short periods of time when your worries don’t consume you, but you may still feel anxious even when there is no apparent reason for the anxiety.
For example, you may feel worried about your safety or that of your family’s safety, or you may have a feeling that something bad is about to happen.
As I mentioned earlier, generalized anxiety disorder can affect children, and often begins at an early age. The signs and symptoms may develop more slowly in children than in adults as children are still growing and maturing and it’s hard to pinpoint whether the behavior is due to childhood issues or to the disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder is a long-lasting condition that requires ongoing treatment, usually with weekly visits to a therapist. With proper treatment you may not feel anxious all of the times but you’re always susceptible to becoming anxious, especially when life’s problems become a little too much to handle.
Generalized anxiety disorder usually happens at the same time as other mental health conditions, such as drug abuse problems and mood disorders and it commonly carries with it major depression.
While some anxiety is normal and occurs in all adults, you should see your doctor if you feel like you’re worrying too much and it’s not allowing you to work properly or to concentrate on normal tasks.
Your worries are unlikely to go away on their own, and they may become worse over time. So it’s a good idea to seek professional help before your generalized anxiety disorder becomes severe as it may be easier to diagnose and treat in the early stages.