Anxiety: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety: Generalized Anxiety DisorderBy: Jessica Ortega

It is normal to experience anxiety from time to time, especially with all the stress that may influence our daily lives. Some of the things we worry about are our health, family, work and finances. If the anxiety is extreme and unfounded, you may be experiencing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This disorder often starts as a child, however, onset can be adulthood as well. Some of the physical symptoms that accompany GAD are fatigue, irritability, muscle tension/aches, trembling, feeling twitchy, sweating, and headaches. As a result, GAD disturbs sleep and impairs your energy and ability to perform daily tasks quickly and efficiently. People will commonly visit their doctor many times before being diagnosed because of their worry concerning their health and the symptoms that may arise from the disorder.

What steps can you take to help yourself?

  • Reflect on what is triggering your anxiety:
    • Major life changes
    • Stressful events
    • Traumatic experiences
  • Talk to your doctor about symptoms and pains you feel for no reason
    • Medicine and therapy can help you cope and make changes towards a worry-free life

If you or anyone you know is struggling with generalized anxiety disorder, or other types of anxiety, the psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists at Arista Counseling and Psychiatric Services can help. Contact the Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices at (201)368-3700. Visit for more information.


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