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.