Skip to content

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 10 year’s 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 10 year’s 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

 

Dr Andreas Comninos 

PhD Clinical Psychologist & Board Approved Supervisor

I am a warm and compassionate PhD Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience. My aims are to help you feel safe and respected while listening carefully for stuck patterns and unexpressed needs, and to help you resolve your struggles by teaching you new ways of responding to the challenges in your life.

My expertise is in tailoring the latest evidenced-based treatments to people’s specific needs, and in teaching practical skills to enable people to take actions that will enable them to live more meaningful lives. This includes helping people to clarify their values (i.e., what is most important?), helping people identify what is getting in the way (strong emotions, the mind, and unhelpful behaviors), and helping to people understand how psychology can help (i.e., what to do about it!).

I provide therapy in person at several locations and offer Telehealth consultations for people in remote areas. Depending on your requirements, we can also arrange for me to visit you. If you are eligible, Medicare rebates at the highest level apply with the appropriate paperwork.

For immediate self-help, I have written practical articles containing tools to help you with a wide-range of topics. This will introduce you to some of the ways that we might work together and are available here.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Dr Andreas Comninos

Clinical Psychologist & Board Approved Supervisor

B.Psych (Hons), PhD (Clin Psych), ACBS, MAPS

Dr Andreas Comninos

PhD Clinical Psychologist & Board Approved Supervisor
B.Psych (Hons), PhD (ClinPsych), ACBS, MAPS
Generalized Anxiety Disorder

About me.

I am a warm and compassionate PhD Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience. My aims are to help you feel safe and respected while listening carefully for stuck patterns and unexpressed needs, and to help you resolve your struggles by teaching you new ways of responding to the challenges in your life.

My expertise is in tailoring the latest evidenced-based treatments to people’s specific needs, and in teaching practical skills to enable people to take actions that will enable them to live more meaningful lives. This includes helping people to clarify their values (i.e., what is most important?), helping people identify what is getting in the way (strong emotions, the mind, and unhelpful behaviors), and helping to people understand how psychology can help (i.e., what to do about it!).

I provide therapy in person at several locations and offer Telehealth consultations for people in remote areas. Depending on your requirements, we can also arrange for me to visit you. If you are eligible, Medicare rebates at the highest level apply with the appropriate paperwork.

For immediate self-help, I have written practical articles containing tools to help you with a wide-range of topics. This will introduce you to some of the ways that we might work together and are available here.

Get in Touch.

    Mindfulness & 

    Clinical Psychology Solutions

     

    admin@mi-psych.com.au
    Po Box 1028, Newtown NSW 2042