If you find yourself feeling anxious about everyday things, you may be suffering from a condition called generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD. Unlike someone suffering from a phobia, GAD sufferers find themselves feeling anxious about a variety of everyday events, as opposed to one isolated thing. The condition is not logical and even if you know better, you may find yourself thinking of the worst possible outcome in everyday situations.
Suffering from GAD often results in problems sleeping, with up to 90% of sufferers finding themselves unable to switch off due to constant worrying. GAD sufferers also tend to have anxiety regarding their health, worrying that every ailment is something serious such as cancer.
The condition often goes undiagnosed and is both distressing and exhausting for the sufferer. Many people with GAD find themselves unable to speak to a doctor for fear of being told to ‘pull yourself together’. The condition is regularly misdiagnosed too, as it is often presented with another unrelated symptom.
The diagnosis of GAD is made if you have suffered from excessive anxiety over a period of six months or more, and have at least three of the following symptoms:
- problems sleeping
- muscle tension
- problems concentrating
Once diagnosed, GAD can be managed through various treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy and meditation. The key to recovery lies in challenging the negative thought patterns that trigger and prolong symptoms.
To find out more about anxiety and how a hypnotherapist could help, see our anxiety page.
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