Generalised Anxiety Disorder
What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
If you have Generalised Anxiety Disorder, you have an uneasy feeling about life in general and inability to relax. If you are suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, you are experiencing a constant state of worry because life, in general, is causing you anxiety. Generalised anxiety disorder involves persistent and excessive worry that interferes with daily activities. The worries are often associated with feelings of dread or unease, you are in a state of constant worry over everything and the feelings are long-lasting. There is no “off” switch.
Signs and Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder can present itself mentally and physically. If you think you are suffering from this condition, you might be experiencing some of the following signs and symptoms:
- Perpetual state of constant worry
- Muscle tightness or body aches
- Avoidance of stressful situations
- Fatiguing easily
- Trembles or shake
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Feeling jumpy, on edge, or restless
- Stomach upset – including nausea and diarrhoea
- No tolerance for uncertainty – needing to know what is going to happen and how it is going to happen
- Intrusive thoughts of things that cause you to worry – even when you try to stop thinking about them
- Inability to relax or enjoy quiet time
- Feeling tense, feeling on edge and persistent irritability
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing on things
- Heart palpitations – feeling like your heart is racing
- Sweating and dry mouth
- Cold chills or hot flashes
- Feeling like you have a lump in your throat
- Constant feelings of dread or apprehension
- Having difficulty breathing and/or feeling like you are choking
- Not being able to sleep at all or to sleep well because you are in a constant state of worry
- Feeling like you can’t control your emotions and constant worry – nothing you do helps you to relax
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