Are You Suffering With A Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

It’s not always easy to know if your levels of anxiety are above what are considered to be normal. As most people get anxious from time to time, you may not consider yourself as having a problem that you should seek help for. The following information should help you to get a better understanding of generalized anxiety disorder, and whether it might be something that you should seek help for:

What is ‘generalized anxiety disorder’, or GAD?

When your worries and fears take over your mind and prevent you from functioning in everyday life, then you may have something a little more serious than anxiety alone. A common disorder, GAD causes the sufferer to worry incessantly, and be in a state of hyper nervousness and tension, most of the time.

While this is often confused with a phobia, the anxiety is GAD is unconnected to a specific thing and gives the individual an intense and general feeling of dread that taints everything they do. Making it hard for the sufferer to relax and unwind, they are continually worn out and often find themselves unable to cope with the demands of life.

Someone suffering with GAD will have identical worries to the average person, but the intensity of their anxiety is heightened, exaggerated and often relentless. The emotional symptoms of GAD may not be the same for every individual, but some of them include constant worrying, uncontrollable anxiety, thoughts about anxiety inducing things that you can’t shake, an inability to tolerate uncertainty and/or an intense and pervasive feeling of apprehension or dread. 

There may also be some behavioral symptoms of GAD which can include an inability to relax or unwind, difficulty concentrating or focusing on things, procrastinating due to feeling overwhelmed and/or avoiding situations that induce anxiety.

Physical symptoms of GAD may also be present and can range from feeling tense, edgy or restless all the time to insomnia and/or stomach problems such as nausea.

If you know someone who is in a constant state of anxiety, then you’ll doubtless know that there is precious little you can say or do to help relieve their fears, and if you’re the one who feels like this, then you may feel uncertain as to whether anyone can help you. However, you don’t need to feel helpless anymore. While it is true to say that you may not be able to help your friend or family member with their uncontrollable anxiety, a professional counselor can, and if you’re the one suffering from GAD, talking to a professional counselor could be the first step towards not only learning how to manage your fears and worries, but discovering how to take back control of your life.

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