Generalized anxiety disorder or GAD, is a condition in which a person worries about small, everyday issues. For instance, a person with this condition might worry obsessively about what may happen, even if it doesn’t. They also worry about legitimate things but tend to blow it out of proportion. Examples of this are money, health, family and friends, work and even death. A person who has this condition will feel as if something horrible, such as a devastating car crash is going to happen.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Diagnosing general anxiety disorder isn’t easy because the symptoms of this condition are many. Plus, people who have this anxiety disorder usually have had it for a long time, so to pinpoint when it started can be difficult.
Symptoms include fatigue and fidgeting, headaches, nausea, muscle aches and tension, twitching, difficulty swallowing and trembling, sweating, sleeplessness, hot flashes and irritability.
If a person suffers with GAD, these symptoms might go on for years. Sometimes they might only suffer with mild tension and fatigue and the occasional fidgeting and then only experience more severe symptoms during times of high stress.
You Can Help Yourself
Many people who struggle with this disorder never do anything about it as they feel it is “in their nature”. For this reason, unless you are having severe symptoms, you might want to begin treating yourself with self-help programs, such as The Linden Method.
You can manage to live anxiety free, but it takes time and diligence. I didn’t say it would be easy…I know what it is like.
Make sure that you have proper nutrition (keep the foods that cause you anxiety out of your diet!) and exercise and get good sleep. You should consider changing any habits that you know cause you issues and if you need a little extra help, take natural anxiety supplements to help you ease your overall feelings of anxiety.
Write down all the things that make you worry on a daily basis, biggest worry first. Then, develop a plan for each worry to help eliminate it from your list of things to feel anxious about.
For instance, if you worry about money all the time, make a plan to build up your savings and offset your money worries. When you do this with everything that worries you, it can help you to feel better and more secure about your situation.
You should know that generalized anxiety disorder is common and while most people think there is no cure (I and many others believe there is), you can help yourself and begin living anxiety free for life when you take the right steps and know how to heal yourself.
Let me know how you try to deal with GAD in the comments below. I will try my best to help you if I can.