Do you worry excessively about everything and anticipate a sense of impending disaster constantly? If you do, then you may have generalized anxiety disorder. This can be truly overwhelming. Fortunately, there are things you can do to ease this sense of anxiety.
What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common anxiety disorder where you feel very tense and anxious constantly. There may be a strong sense of nervousness and dread at all the things that could happen in life. In fact, this sense of dread can take over your life. In contrast to valid fears, GAD will create an overwhelming fear about everything. Because of this, you then worry about the slightest thing, even events that are unlikely to occur. In other words, your mind conjures up a fearful reality. This can be very frustrating for you and for those closest to you.
It becomes exhausting on both an emotional and physical level when symptoms of stress and anxiety occur for no real reason. Without treatment, it impacts sleep and it becomes difficult to control the constant fear and worry. The slightest thing can seemingly trigger concerns. You may find that you wake up in the morning feeling bleak and anxious for no real reason. This can quickly descend into an almost physical certainty of impending disaster. This may occur despite any actual problems. Sadly, it may seem impossible to turn off these repetitive anxious thoughts.
The Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The symptoms of GAD will be different for all. But as a result of this condition, you are likely to experience a multitude of reoccurring emotional and physical symptoms. The very nature of this condition means that it is also likely to affect your behavior too.
Emotional symptoms include:
- Constantly worrying
- Uncontrollable anxiety
- Intrusive thoughts
- Increasing anxiety about the future
- Feelings of dread
Physical symptoms include:
- A lack of focus
- An inability to cope with pressures
- Inability to relax or to be alone
- Insomnia or unable to stay asleep due to constant thoughts
- Feeling restless
- Physical manifestation – stomach pains, nausea or diarrhea