What do you know about Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is commonly known as GAD and it affects many millions of people in the United States and around the world.  More women than men have this anxiety disorder and the age group it affects is broad, ranging from childhood to middle age, so it really can affect anyone at any age.

GAD usually occurs with another problem which can include an addiction for example and so that has to be addressed first before treating the Generalized Anxiety Disorder and it is also often associated with other anxiety disorders like panic disorder.

GAD is a long term disorder and the symptoms that may present themselves could be a general fear but with no apparent reason and triggers could be being jumpy, hot flushes, irritable, nausea, headache, being on edge or unable to relax.

People who have mild Generalized Anxiety Disorder may be able to function on a day to day basis with little outward signs and just suppress their feelings.  Usually in these cases the sufferer is not diagnosed correctly until the disorder gets more severe and does affect their daily lives.

In advanced stages even thinking about going through another day can be enough to trigger anxiety feelings and bring on a panic attack. It is therefore important to get help from a professional.  Behavioral therapy and medication are usually recommended as treatment of this disorder.

If you are in the mild stage then you can get some relief from lowering your stress levels.  Meditation music is good for this and I use that myself.  Panic Away is another program that is worth looking at if you suffer from panic attacks as it has a great success rate.  Of course I am not advocating not getting professional help and I must stress that you should get proper diagnosis.

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3 comments to What do you know about Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Great post, with a lot of helpful information! Deep breathing exercises are excellent for anxiety and many people report positive results from meditation. Some other natural anxiety remedies to look into are St.John’s Wort, SAMe, L-Theanine, and Tryptophan. Just a few helpful suggestions to add to your list. Hope this helps!

  • I was just told I had anxiety. I found this out when I was rushed to hospital with my hand numb and curled lips and feet numb….I was told it was “only” an anxiety attack. I hadn’t ever had one. Now I can’t stop having them…I’m on lorazapam, but the decreased my dose to .5?? I can’t leave the house without them, otherwise I have to pull over pop a pill and breathe in a bag…. It’s really turned my life upside down. I feel like a bad parent now. Thank you for this website?

  • Paulineh

    I hope you are feeling a little better now Veronica and are on your way to controlling those panic attacks. I know exactly how horrible they are. All the best. Dont hesitate to email me if you think I can help in some way.