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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) & Worry: GAD is an anxiety disorder characterised by excessive and persistent worry across a range of domains. Excessive worry means worrying even when there is nothing wrong, or in a manner that is disproportionate to actual risk. This typically involves spending a high percentage of waking hours worrying about something. The worry may be accompanied by reassurance-seeking from others.

In other words, GAD is characterised by worries that can be difficult to ‘switch off’. For example, someone with Generalised Anxiety Disorder might worry excessively about performance at work (or school), something bad happening to loved ones, not being able to meet financial commitments, or health issues. Worries are usually future-oriented and are about events that are relatively unlikely to occur. Although people with GAD can usually recognise that their worries may be irrational, when anxiety takes over, it makes it seem as though future catastrophes are likely, if not certain.

 

People with GAD may experience:

  • Excessive worry about multiple issues that are interfering with daily life
  • Edginess or restlessness
  • Tiring easily; feeling more fatigued than usual
  • Impaired concentration or feeling as though the mind goes blank
  • Irritability (which may or may not be observable to others)
  • Increased muscle tension, aches or soreness
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless and unsatisfying sleep
  • Excessive sweating or problems with stomach upset such as nausea or diarrhoea

 

Unfortunately, people with GAD believe that ‘worrying is what keeps bad things from happening’. As I discuss in detail in this self help-article, when people literally believe everything that their mind’s think (thoughts, imagery, predictions), they can get pushed around by whatever worries they are having. This triggers the brain’s threat and drive systems which gives a sense of ‘legitimacy’ to their worrying and so the GAD continues. Thus, GAD does not typically resolve on its own. And, because the worries of sufferers of GAD seem rational, it is usually not until a person is so overwhelmed by how stuck their lives have become that they seek treatment.

However, effective treatments for GAD exist and include: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT); Acceptance & Commitment therapy (ACT), Exposure Therapy (ERP); and Schema Therapy. To read more about these therapies, click here

I can help you understand, manage, and overcome your worries so you can get your freedom back. I am a PhD Clinical Psychologist trained in Mindfulness based & Compassion Focused therapies with over 15 years’ experience.

To book in a session with me:

CONTACT ME

I will typically respond to you within 12-24 hrs.

Other Anxiety Disorders are listed below:

 

 

Resources

Read more about Anxiety here

Learn about thinking biases here

What is Mindfulness?

Calm yourself with this powerful breathing technique

Learn about your Brain’s 3 Emotion Regulation Systems

Understanding the Physiology of Self-Criticism

Access further free self-help resources here

I can help you understand, manage, and overcome your worries so you can get your freedom back. I am a PhD Clinical Psychologist trained in Mindfulness based & Compassion Focused therapies with over 15 years’ experience.

To book in a session with me:

CONTACT ME

I will typically respond to you within 12-24 hrs.

Other Anxiety Disorders are listed below:

 

 

Resources

Read more about Anxiety here

Learn about thinking biases here

What is Mindfulness?

Calm yourself with this powerful breathing technique

Learn about your Brain’s 3 Emotion Regulation Systems

Understanding the Physiology of Self-Criticism

Access further free self-help resources here

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