Generalized Anxiety Disorder

While many people may worry about day-to-day problems, people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) worry excessively, every day. It may be nervousness over money, family, work, health, or any number of smaller issues. GAD rarely occurs by itself, and will often accompany other issues such as depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders. Unlike panic disorder, those with GAD may not avoid the situations that cause them anxiety, but can have difficulty with the simplest of tasks if their anxiety about it is at a high point.

Signs of Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

  • Constant restlessness
  • Easily startled
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Lightheadedness
  • Hot flashes
  • Shortness of breath

What is the treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has shown to be highly effective when treating generalized anxiety disorder, in changing the reactions to daily life that is causing strain. A common direction in therapy is showing that the thought processes that result in anxiety are unrealistic and, in a slow progression, identify the root of their anxiety and overcome it. Medication for generalized anxiety disorder can also be used in conjunction with therapy. Antidepressants are usually the first line of medication when treating generalized anxiety disorder.