What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder?
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is chronic and exaggerated worry that seems to happen for no reason and occurs more often than not for at least six months. It is also more than just normal day to day levels of anxiety. It often involves excessive worries about health, money, work, family and the future.
These fears can often shift in their focus, sometimes without any sense of resolution of the original fear. A person experiencing GAD will often describe a sense of “always being worried about something,” and will typically identify this feeling as extremely upsetting and distinctly uncontrollable.
People who experience GAD will often jump to the worst possible conclusion about situations where there may be multiple possible explanations (e.g. believing that an unreturned phone call means that something terrible has happened, as opposed to the other person just being busy).
Even in situations where a worry has been resolved by external events (e.g. anxiety about being made redundant but instead getting a promotion), the sense of relief is often short lived and is replaced by another new worry which may or may not be related to the first worry (e.g., “I may not be good enough to have gotten that promotion. Now that I have, I could make a huge mistake in work and the results would be terrible!”).
Common Symptoms include:
Feeling agitated or restless
Headaches and/or muscle tension
Difficulty falling asleep or sleep that isn’t restful
Difficulty controlling worrisome thoughts
There are a number of approaches which have been found to be effective in reducing and indeed eliminating GAD, with each of our clinicians being skilled in the treatment of this common mental health difficulty. We have a range of mental health professionals working within our system who can help. Please read our team bios or contact our admin team to discuss your needs and the best match for you.
As with most things that involve feelings of upset which impact our ability to live our lives in the way that feels most healthy, the best approach is to seek out help sooner rather than later. No matter how long you’ve been experiencing these symptoms, it is never too late to start taking your life back from chronic anxiety. If any of the above sounds familiar, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to set up an appointment.