Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Everyone worries from time to time. But if you find yourself worrying on most days for at least six months, you may have a condition known as generalized anxiety disorder. People with this disorder often worry excessively about everyday issues, such as their:

  • Health
  • Family
  • Work
  • Money

What Are the Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

The hallmark symptom of generalized anxiety disorder is constant, uncontrollable worrying. Many people with this condition know that their concerns are unfounded but can’t stop worrying about them regardless, often to the point where the worries begin interfering with their relationships and daily routine. Some individuals report feeling anxious for no apparent reason, as if they sense that something bad is about to happen, but they can’t put their finger on what it is.

If you have generalized anxiety disorder, you may also experience:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lightheadedness
  • Hot flashes and sweating
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension and aches
  • Trembling and twitching
  • Nausea and diarrhea
  • Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness 
  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Being easily startled

How Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treated?

There are many options for managing anxiety, and a trained provider can recommend the approach that’s best suited to your specific needs. For example, treatment for generalized anxiety disorder may involve:

  • Taking medication
  • Attending counseling sessions
  • Learning coping skills
  • Using relaxation techniques
  • Making certain lifestyle changes (e.g., quitting smoking)

Your Top Choice for Anxiety Disorder Treatment

If you think you might have generalized anxiety disorder or another type of anxiety, we can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at a date and time that’s convenient for you.

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