Worrying Excessively: How You May Have GAD and How to Cope With It

If you worry excessively without any apparent reason then you may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (also abbreviated as GAD). Someone with GAD tends to worry about many aspects of their life, when there is really little to no reason to do so: they tend to anticipate the worst. People with GAD find it hard to relax, difficult to concentrate and get startled easily. This also leads to other physical symptoms such as fatigue, muscle tension and/or aches, headaches, trembling, irritability, sweating, twitching, nausea, lightheadedness, loss of breath, hot flashes and frequently going to the bathroom. However, it is important to note that these symptoms wax and wane and are not always exhibited together at the same time. In general, these symptoms start to appear slowly, as the onset of GAD is very slow. The risk of developing GAD starts in one’s late teens/young adult years, and doubles if one is female rather than male; however, no one is immune from developing it.

People with mild GAD can often function normally and carry out their daily tasks but for those with moderate to severe GAD, even carrying out the simplest tasks can become very difficult. Consequently, it is important to get help if you think you may have GAD. Luckily, there are many treatment options available including psychotherapy and/or medications. Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a type of psychotherapy that teaches you how to restructure your thoughts, behaviors and reactions so that you can have a different outlook of your situation; it is especially effective in treating GAD. In addition, medication can also help to balance the neurotransmitters in your system that are associated with emotion, fear and worry. People also find hypnosis and relaxation are effective methods to help you gain control over your anxiety.

If you believe that you are a loved one has or may have an anxiety disorder, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can help you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices respectively at (201)-368-3700 or (212)-722-1920 to set up an appointment. Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.

Sources: adaa.org, nimh.nih.gov

By: Shivani J. Patel


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