Generalized Anxiety Disorder





Experiencing anxiety from time to time is healthy and a normal part of life.  Everyone feels stressed out occasionally.  It pushes us to study for upcoming tests, to be responsible financially, and to take care of ourselves.  Excessive worry regarding normal day to day matters is not normal.

It’s normal to worry about your child’s safety when he or she goes off to summer camp for two weeks.  It’s normal to experience a sense of loss.  It’s probably not normal to spend every waking minute of the following week conjuring up all manner of horrible injuries and accidents that could occur during the trip.  It’s probably not normal to stay up all night worrying about your child’s safety.

People with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) experience excessive worry that is out of proportion to existing circumstances.  GAD causes worry unbefitting the situation.  People with GAD may feel anxious without being able to pinpoint the exact cause.  They may have trouble unwinding and relaxing.  They tend to worry excessively about matters ranging from financial to the health of loved ones.  If an event can cause stress, the result is greatly exaggerated in people suffering from GAD.

You may suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder if your normal day to day activities cause an unreasonable amount of stress.  You may experience such symptoms as fatigue, irritability, loss of concentration, restlessness, muscle tension, trouble sleeping, stomach aches, shortness of breath, headaches, diarrhea, and excessive sweating.  There is help available to help treat GAD.  If you suspect that you may suffer from the disorder, it is important that you seek treatment from a medical professional.

Medical Doctors don’t entirely understand what causes Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  It’s probably caused by a complex combination of triggers.  Statistically GAD tends to affect more women than men.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder often starts at an early age.  Researchers speculate that the disorder may begin due to a stressful event at an early age, a trauma, or illness.  Genetics may make certain individuals more susceptible to the disorder.  Medical researchers are currently looking at the connection between GAD and neurotransmitters in the brain.  Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring chemicals such as serotonin.  Levels of Serotonin in the brain show a connection to both aggression and depression.

Generally, those suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder will have experienced trouble managing anxiety for six months or more.  Only medical professionals can diagnose GAD.  If you suspect that you may suffer from GAD it’s important that you seek help from a medical professional immediately as there is treatment available. Failure to seek relief can lead to depression, insomnia, and various other problems.

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