Do you sometimes feel that you worry too much or too often?
Perhaps you feel unable to relax, you walk around with a slightly sick feeling in your stomach, or you are a bad sleeper?
These symptoms and other signs may be an indicator of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
While everyone will feel anxious from time to time, Generalised Anxiety Disorder is characterised by long periods of overstated worry, tension and the constant feeling that disaster is looming in work, relationships or your wellbeing. People experiencing Generalised Anxiety often find they have trouble pinpointing an actual cause or provocation for the overwhelming sense of worry they are feeling.
Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder
The most noticeable symptom of Generalised Anxiety Disorder is an inability to stop worrying. Different concerns always seem to be rising up so moments of true relaxation are few and far between. After months or even years of feeling worried and tense all the time, you are likely to find that your insomnia has become chronic, you are tired for a lot of your day, you may have become unmotivated or possibly even depressed. Your anxiety might be causing you to feel frustrated and angry, and it may be affecting how you behave in your relationships.
The diagnostic symptoms for Generalised Anxiety Disorder include:
- Having difficulty containing worried thoughts or feelings
- Feeling on edge or constantly restless
- Finding yourself becoming fatigued easily
- Being irritable
- Experiencing muscle tension
- Difficulty concentrating
- Disturbed sleep
If you have been experiencing these symptoms on most days for at least 6 months, you may have Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Other Types of Anxiety
As we have discussed, Generalised Anxiety refers to feelings of chronic worry and tension that is fairly constant and doesn’t derive from any obvious source. However, specific anxiety conditions may present independently, or along with, GAD. These include:
• Social Anxiety
This generally presents as an extreme phobia of speaking or socialising with other people.
• Panic Disorder & Panic Attacks
This refers to a sudden and intense experience of extreme anxiety, fear or panic, usually accompanied by physical symptoms including heart palpitations, sweats or light-headedness. People who experience a sudden panic attack will often confuse that first experience with a heart attack.
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD refers to the emotional fallout of experiencing a disturbing life experience, which can be felt immediately, or can appear weeks, months or even years after the experience itself. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, high levels of anxiety, depression, or taking extreme measures to avoid reminders of the original trauma.
• Acute Stress Disorder
Acute Stress is a form of PTSD and refers to the experience of reliving a life-threatening or terrifying situation. Symptoms may include flashbacks, emotional numbness, depersonalisation, or a lack of connectivity between the event and an appropriate emotional response.
Agoraphobia refers to the fear of having a panic attack if you leave the safety of your house or another enclosed ‘safe’ space.
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Anxiety, in any of its forms, can greatly hinder your ability to enjoy and succeed in life. If you feel that your symptoms may fit the description of any of these disorders, or you feel that your anxiety is starting to overwhelm you, we can help. Learn how to manage your anxiety and live a happier, more relaxed existence. Contact us today to make your first appointment.