Anxiety is a normal reaction to
stress. It helps one
deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important
speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations,
it has become a disabling disorder.
People with generalized anxiety
disorder (GAD) go through the day filled with
exaggerated worry and tension, even though there is little or nothing to provoke it. They
anticipate disaster and are overly concerned about health issues, money, family problems, or
difficulties at work. Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day produces
GAD is diagnosed when a person worries excessively about a variety of
everyday problems for at least 6 months. People with GAD can’t seem to get rid of their concerns,
even though they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants.
They can’t relax, startle easily, and have difficulty concentrating. Often they have trouble
falling asleep or staying asleep. Physical symptoms that often accompany the anxiety
include fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling,
twitching, irritability, sweating, nausea, lightheadedness, having to go to the bathroom
frequently, feeling out of breath, and hot flashes.
Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety
Excessive anxiety and worry occurring more days than not for at least
You find it difficult to control the worry.
The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the
following six symptoms:
restlessness or feeling
keyed up or on edge.
concentrating or mind going blank
If you are struggling with unmanagable anxiety, help is available now. Call