In everyday life it is normal to have occasional anxiety. This type of temporary and occasional worry may be associated with a new challenge at work, making an important decision, or before taking an exam. There are, however, some anxiety disorders that go beyond a worry or anxiety. Generalized anxiety disorder is a disorder in which an individual will “display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety-related symptoms”.
Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Individuals struggling with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) can experience anxiety that won’t go away, can get worse over time, and can have these feelings interfere and disrupt daily Activities. Symptoms of GAD can come on gradually and continue through an individual’s life (Black, Borenstein). Symptoms of this disorder can present itself in many different ways ranging from mental – inability to focus on tasks, or physical – headaches and/or muscle tension. Some of the main symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder that a person may have, which include but are not limited to, are listed below:
– Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
– Muscle tension
– Difficulty concentrating or having your mind go blank
– Difficulty controlling the worry
Treatment For GAD
There are many different treatment options available to individuals who are struggling with GAD. This disorder can be treated through a variety of therapy or medication techniques that are determined based on each individual’s needs and severity of the disorder.
If you or a loved one believes he/she/they may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder it is important to contact our office in order to be evaluated by one of our mental health specialists at Life Change Associates so the correct diagnosis and most effective treatment plan can be determined.
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