An Overview of Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD

Diagnosed With GAD

Many people suffer from some form of anxiety…and a large portion of these people have been diagnosed with GAD – generalized anxiety disorder.

Although not the most severe form of the illness, it does come with rather serious symptoms that if left untreated, can eventually cause irreparable damage to a person’s life.

The trademark of generalized anxiety disorders is that, unlike other forms of the illness, there is no specific event that causes the anxiety attacks in these cases.

Practically anything can become a trigger, from school exams and job interviews to even ordinary things such as driving or answering the telephone.

In most cases, if you suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, you perceive some kind of fear or danger and truly believe that these fears are real. Eventually, your body actually begins to manifest physical reactions to these fears.

Without proper and immediate treatment, this type of anxiety disorder can easily take over a person’s life. In time, he will do nothing except worry about his fears and what might happen. Usually, people who suffer from this kind of anxiety will be unable to perform even the simplest everyday task and eventually shut themselves off from the world.

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The exact symptoms of this illness may vary considerably with each individual, but the most common ones include consistent worrying, irrational fears and apprehension about bad things that may happen, irritability, insomnia, frequent headaches and jumpiness.

What Are Generalized Anxiety Disorder Causes?

To this day, the causes of generalized anxiety disorder have not yet been clearly defined. There are a number of hypotheses that have been put out there, such as hereditary factors, environmental factors and even physiological factors like brain chemistry.

Basically, anything that can cause anxiety can also cause generalized anxiety disorder. The only difference is that with normal anxiety, the symptoms go away for short periods of time, whereas with generalized anxiety, the symptoms are constant.

Despite this lack of clarity about the actual causes of the disorder, there are already many effective treatment methods that can be used to overcome the disorder. Most experts agree that therapy is the best method, sometimes coupled with the use of anti-anxiety medications. I personally prefer the natural options although I do understand that some people do not.

If you are someone that suffers with GAD, please make sure that you seek treatment as soon as possible so that the symptoms can be minimized and that you can control your life!

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About Jennifer Johnson

I suffered with social anxiety and stress for years. I discovered what my triggers were and learned to control them. Hopefully some of the natural anxiety relief techniques I have tried, will also be your solution.

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