Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized anxiety is the most common form of anxiety.  It means exactly what it sounds like it means – it doesn’t only happen in one or two situations.  People with generalized anxiety feel tense, anxious or on edge, or they worry more often than not.  Symptoms can include any combination of:

  • Persistent worry
  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • A tendency to obsess
  • Difficulty concentrating or having your mind “go blank”
  • Shortness or breath
  • Rapid or pounding heartbeat
  • Muscle Tension
  • Trembling or being easily startled
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sweating, nausea, diarrhea or Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Therapy generally consists of changing the way you interpret what goes on around you; learning skills to alleviate your worry, such as putting a pen and paper next to your bed so that you can write down “to dos” that you think of just as you go to bed; learning to breathe effectively, and changing your lifestyle to alleviate stress.