Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry about different things including everyday life events. People with Generalized anxiety disorder may always assume disaster and are extremely worried about their future, money, health, family and some particular situations, depending on their own thought process. 

I got to know about GAD when I visited a psychiatrist and told him my symptoms of anxiety such as unknown stress, muscle tension, uncontrolled thoughts and what not! Though I was in the bubble that I’m suffering from OCD, he burst it by educating me about GAD. 

Since then, it has been a long journey and I am a new person with a much healthier mind state. I tried medications, self-therapy, family support, and some delta-8 gummies to help me manage my anxiety symptoms. You can visit this site to read more about gummies for anxiety. What makes me write this blog is those unaware people who might have no clue their condition is called GAD. Let’s learn about GAD, it’s symptoms and the treatments- 

Symptoms

GAD develops slowly and can affect the way a person thinks. They basically last for more than six months. Below are some of the very common symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder– 

  • Excessive worry about everyday things 
  • Unable to control worry and nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Aware of the feeling that they worry more than they actually should
  • Unrealistic view of situations and problems 
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Continuous negative thinking 
  • Trouble in sleeping
  • Irritated
  • Feel tired almost all the time
  • Have muscle tension
  • Problem in easy swallowing
  • Different kinds of pains such as stomach ache, body pain, etc. 

Cause of GAD

Now, many people must wonder what causes GAD? Well, though there is not a particular cause, scientists say that GAD might sometimes run in families. It is also said that several parts of the brain, and biological processes might play an important role in anxiety and fear. 

People also say that GAD generally develops from a traumatizing or shocked experience yet doctors aren’t very sure about this. A lot more study is required for the researchers to boldly claim anything yet. 

Treatment 

Can I cure my GAD? Is there any treatment? Well, fortunately, there is. If you think you have had some of the above symptoms in the past few months, then the first and foremost thing you should do, is visit a doctor. You should generally visit a psychiatrist or psychologist for the treatment of GAD. GAD is usually treated with psychotherapy and medications or a combination of both. 

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy generally means working with a therapist to reduce your symptoms of anxiety.  Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the gold standard of psychotherapy 1 and is quite useful for treating GAD. In CBT, a person is basically taught different ways of behaving, thinking and responding to certain situations that make him/her less anxious.  

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Medications

As per NIMH, doctors generally prescribe these below mentioned medications for the treatment of GAD-

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Other serotonergic medication
  • Benzodiazepines

Both psychotherapy and medications and take some time to give effects, so make sure you follow your treatment with full discipline and heart.