Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD is diagnosed when a person suffers excessive anxiety and worry that fuels apprehensive and negative expectations. The worry is often in many areas, situations or events. These “worries” result in a general sense of restlessness, feeling keyed up or on edge. Anxiety treatment in Philadelphia and Main Line can help you overcome those worried feelings.
The person may be suffering difficulty concentrating, can become easily fatigued, have muscle tension or sleep disturbance.
The “worry” is to be distinguished from a more useful range of anxiety if the symptoms of the anxiety interfere significantly with a person’s ability to function inter-personally, socially or with their occupation or other important areas of living.
In other words the individual’s reaction seems too extreme for the situation at hand and the person’s “overly anxious” less than functional reaction would be described as usual and frequent by loved ones.
GAD while different than OCD shares a fundamental component of a demand for “No Risk Living” or an intolerance of living with life as it exists. The worry can be varied and the individual can hold a few or multiple worries at a time and the person can move from one worry to the other. Worry occurs daily and can include essentially anything but often looks more reasonable because it is focused on work tasks, friends, health, children, success, etc.
We are all concerned to one degree or another about the items on the above list. The difference with GAD is the person’s difficulty in letting go of the push or demand to achieve “no risk.”
People without GAD can let go of non-productive worry or concern at some point because they don’t demand “no risk.” They might say boy wouldn’t it be nice to know that we have perfect control of knowing that our fears will never happen…but, if I have to be honest there is risk in living even though we do not like or want it.
While the individual with GAD would agree intellectually with this statement they would continue to emotionally reject the risk. They would demand that reality change. More accurately they would do rituals that cause significant distress (in the form of chronic long-term anxiety), have less a sense of intrapersonal control and chronic tension in order to believe that they have control.
A person suffering with GAD might say, about a spouse taking a trip-“I know nothing will happen to him but I’ll just stay awake until he arrives safely at his destination and calls me.” “I know I shouldn’t worry I just can’t help myself” “You know how I am.”
People suffering with GAD can lose time, energy and quality of life to their worry and can benefit from treatment in Philadelphia, Montgomery County, the Main Line and surrounding zip codes such as 19102, 19120, 19104, 19118, 19107, and 19114. The worrying takes up a great deal of time. Often starting in the morning when they awaken and last throughout the day each day. It may cause muscle tension, tiredness, lack of concentration, sweating, nausea, diarrhea and exaggerated startle response.
Many people suffering with GAD report that they have been anxious most of their lives. While the disorder can “turn on” early it tends to develop into what looks like an anxious temperament over time.
There are many ways in which an individual can suffer with extreme symptoms. The primary issue is related to intolerance of or refusal to live with risk. The individual has not accepted or has not developed an ability to live or cope with natural, normal risk in certain areas of living.
The range of anxiety disorders is wide but the symptoms are often similar. It may be wise to consult a professional if you suspect that you have an anxiety disorder and want to understand the best ways to manage.
Below are some ways in which anxiety disorders are seen: Substance or medication induced anxiety disorder, Social anxiety disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder and Panic disorder.
Remember a disorder just describes something that is not working well for you and needs attention, acceptance or adjustment. It does not, by any means, describe who you are. Contact us to receive anxiety treatment in Montgomery County, the Main Line, and the Greater Philadelphia Area.