Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms are characterized by a pattern of frequent, persistent worry and anxiety, about several different events or activities. The symptoms last at least 6 months.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common condition. It is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry, which is out of proportion to the impact of the event or circumstance that is the focus of the worry.

For example, while college students often worry about tests, one who constantly worries about failure despite getting consistently good grades, displays the pattern of worry typical of this disorder.

The person finds it difficult to control the worry. The cause of generalized anxiety disorder symptoms is not known, but biological and psychological factors play a role. Stressful life situations or maladaptive behavior, acquired through learning, may also contribute to GAD.

The disorder may start at any time in life, including childhood. Most patients with the disorder report that they have been anxious for as long as they can remember. GAD occurs somewhat more often in women than in men.

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms

Anxiety and worry are often associated with the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on the edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension ; shakiness, headaches
  • Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep; or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
  • Excessive sweating, palpitations, shortness of breath, and various gastrointestinal symptoms

A physical examination and a psychological evaluation should be completed in order to rule out other causes of anxiety.

Physical disorders that may mimic an anxiety state should be ruled out, as well as drug-induced symptoms. Various diagnostic tests may be done in this process.

Treatment of generalized anxiety disorder symptoms

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms may be long-standing and difficult to treat, but the majority of patients can expect substantial improvement with medications, behavioral therapy and/or most of all a healthier lifestyle.

Treatment may involve medication with a sedative (sleep-inducing) or calming effect. Other drugs, such as antihistamines, which have the favorable side effect of reducing anxiety, may be used. A common class of anti-anxiety medications, benzodiazepines, are used with caution because they can impair judgment and have a high potential for addiction. Caffeine and other stimulants that can make anxiety worse should be reduced or eliminated.

Two kinds of therapy have been effective in treating GAD: behavioral therapy uses relaxation training (a systematic relaxation of the major muscle groups in the body) and cognitive behavioral therapy helps patients identify cognitions, thoughts, that contribute to anxiety.

It is possible to take positive steps to protect your brain against a degenerative disease such as generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and at the same time feel a heightened sense of well being .... the healthy and natural way. Scientists have found that the cause of brain related conditions is due to chemical imbalances in the brain. These chemical imbalances can be caused simply by a deficiency of specific brain nutrients. Make sure your daily diet includes enough fruits and vegetables and supplement with nutrients that are designed to target and nourish your brain functions.

People with generalized anxiety disorder symptoms may eventually develop other psychiatric disorders, such as panic disorder or clinical depresson. In addition, substance abuse or dependence may become a problem, usually because the person tries to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to alleviate their anxiety.

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