Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the constant worry over events in everyday life, they over exaggerate the situation and take thing way out of proportion. People of all ages can contract this common disorder it is often brought on by life experiences, stress levels, and can even be inherited genetically. Scientist believe trauma and other stressful events such as death, abuse, divorce, moving, and even withdrawals can either worsen the disorder or even cause the disorder. However the exact cause of GAD is not known at this time.

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Symptoms and Characteristics of GAD A person with GAD has chronic worrying problems. There may be nothing in the day to provoke the worry's but someone with GAD will stress with no substantial cause. Their minds tend to lead them in the direction that nothing good can ever happen and always suspect a disaster. The anxiety from their stress causes physical symptoms as well.
Symptoms... Taken to the extreme..
  • Always worrying over the little things
  • Feeling on edge and restless
  • Constant fatigue
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  • Hard time concentrating and/or sleeping
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  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Twitching
  • Cannot relax
  • Easily jumped

Treatments for GAD There is no known cure for GAD there are treatments that can help control it. If the treatments are not taken advantage of the GED will get worse.
  • Anti- Anxiety and Antidepressant medication is available to help manage the disorder
  • Biofeedback- which is used to control muscle tension
  • Relaxation Techniques- such as yoga, and meditation can help reduce anxiety
  • Psychological treatment
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- Helps with figuring out the cause of anxiety and how to cope with it. Also it helps with controlling thoughts.
  • Support Groups- In some cases it helps to talk with others who are experiencing GAD

General Anxiety Disorder In Everyday Life

People with General Anxiety disorder are constantly over worrying, and tense through out their day. With no reason to be. They see the little problems and exaggerate them to be bigger issues then they really are. People with GED often realize that they are over concerned but cannot seem to control the anxiety they are feeling . Difficulty concentrating, the lack of sleep quality, and intense anxiety effect the performance and mood of people with GED. They often cannot perform simple tasks throughout the day, and have a hard time functioning. General Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed if these habits last for six plus months.
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GAD affects two times as many women as it does men for reasons unknown. This disorder can start at any point in the life cycle but most commonly begins as a young child to middle aged people. 3.1% of the population experience GAD.

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  • Anxiety- Distress of the mind of being tense that is caused by being afraid of danger.
  • Chronic- Occurring frequently/ Constant.
  • Stress- A force that produces strain on the body and/or mind.