Symptoms of GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) – Importance of Receiving Counseling

Posted by admin on March 16, 2017

All humans experience stress, fear, worry, and anxiety at various times in life.  Those periodic experiences are simply part of the human experience.  People might experience symptoms of anxiety for a variety of reasons and many can pinpoint what the source of that anxiety is – a traumatic experience, interacting with a certain person, performing a certain job, anticipating a certain life event, etc.  But, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms of anxiety on a regular basis, you may be suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD.  Generalized Anxiety Disorder is much more and very different from the typical anxiety we all experience at some point in life.  GAD symptoms manifest without a specific cause or provocation and symptoms are often heightened or extreme – so much so that they interfere with everyday life.

Symptoms of anxiety go far beyond “worry.”  Recognizing the symptoms and seeking help can put you on the road to managing and even completely eliminating your Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  The American Psychological Association explains what sets GAD apart from worry, “Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent worry or anxious feelings. People with this disorder worry about a number of concerns, such as health problems or finances, and may have a general sense that something bad is going to happen.”  There are typically two main treatments for GAD – psychotherapy and medication.  There are many different approaches to psychotherapy and many different kinds of medication (anti-anxiety medications and anti-depressant medications) to address each unique individual’s needs.  What works for one may not work for someone else so occasionally it may involve some trial and error to determine the best way to treat your GAD.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT is a very effective way to treat GAD because it will teach you the skills you need to resume normal activities that you may have otherwise avoided because of anxiety symptoms.  As normal life resumes and you have the skills you need to manage symptoms of anxiety, GAD symptoms begin to go away.  If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, it is important to seek the help of a professional counselor, such as Diebold Behavioral Counseling, so that you can receive the therapy and/or medication you need to get back to enjoying life free of anxiety.

  • Muscle tension
  • Excessive worry
  • Inability to relax
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia or other sleep problems
  • Exhaustion
  • Headaches
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Feeling out of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Hot flashes
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Frequent stomach upset
  • Rapid heartbeat
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