UNEASY FEELING: Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Anxiety disorders are more common today than ever before. Modern life provides ample reason to feel anxious. With the ever-changing economic and political landscapes and new technologies emerging constantly, nothing seems to be the same from one day to the next.  The truth is, with the rise of social media and the rapid spread of information about world events, there are all kinds of new reasons to feel uneasy or apprehensive.

This fact is proven by the numbers, 6.8 billion adults in the US are affected by Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) annually. The cause of GAD is unknown. What is known is that it can be more debilitating than typical anxiety.  Symptoms show themselves slowly and persist over time.

How do you know if you are just feeling ordinary stress and anxiousness or if it is something more? Below are a few of the key factors to consider as you decide whether your level of anxiety may require some help. Keep in mind that for a GAD diagnosis; symptoms will last for at least 6 months.
Signs that you may be experiencing Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Anxiety or worry that’s excessive and persistent
  • Difficulty controlling or stopping worry
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue –  becoming fatigued after little exertion
  • Extreme restlessness or irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty sleeping
If you think you may suffer from GAD, don’t feel overwhelmed, there is help available.  Anxiety disorders can often be treated with psychotherapy, medication or both. Get in touch with your behavioral health provider to discuss your symptoms.

About Behavioral Health Professionals, Inc.:

Established in 2002 and headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, BHPI is a Managed Behavioral Health Organization offering behavioral health services through a fully integrated network of world-class healthcare providers.  Our emphasis is on adding value for our customers by offering expert behavioral care management, medical coordination, chronic behavioral condition management. We are a fully accredited NCQA Managed Behavioral Health Organization (MBHO) & CARF Behavioral Health Business Network. BHPI offers collaborative solutions by building strong partnerships with health plans, health systems, community mental health organizations, and employer groups.   

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