If everyday life stresses you out completely, if every day challenges of your life seem like an insurmountable obstacle to you, and if you have constant worry about all the little things in your life you could be suffering from what is known as generalized anxiety disorder, also known as (GAD).
GAD is typified by extreme and irrational worry over the everyday things in life. What’s more is that this worry is uncontrollable and is completely out of kilter to the actual source of the worry.
In 2007, the National Institute of Mental Health reported that about 6.8 million adults in the U.S. suffer from this anxiety disorder.
As you obsess over worries that most others can take in stride, you also may have some physical symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, headaches, restlessness, muscle aches, sweating, insomnia and a host of other indicators. To be diagnosed with GAD the symptoms must have persisted consistently for at least six months.
As for the treatment once diagnosed, an array of medications such as SSRI’s and Benzodiazepines can be very effective in a long term treatment of GAD. Aside from the medications, a particular form of psychotherapy known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) could be as effective as the medications.
If you believe you suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), I urge you strongly to seek treatment from a licensed health care provider. This treatment should preferably be from a psychiatrist or psychologist. With the proper treatment, over time you’ll see your life improve considerably.
Copyright 2010 Dr. Arshia Alec Shizadi