What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is excessive anxiety about everyday issues that you face in your life. Essentially it is a constant state of worry that affects everything you do from relationships, to family, to your job. This type of generalized anxiety is difficult to control and have you worrying about everything and anything. Anxiety doesn’t just end with the worry unfortunately. It can also start to affect your overall health which can cause insomnia or constant fatigue, migraines, tension headaches, panic attacks, and loss of focus. While we all have anxiety once in a while, if you feel that it may be out of control then perhaps you have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Diagnosing GAD can be difficult at first, because some people are in denial. Although they know they worry too much, they may feel that their worry is with good cause. Perhaps they are having financial problems that make them worry about the little things like grocery shopping and paying bills. However, when this little worry affects everyday tasks or causes anxiety in other parts of your life, it is becoming out of control. It could be debilitating for people who do not get the treatment that they need. That is why you need to be honest with your doctor or psychologist in order to get the correct diagnosis of GAD.
There are many treatments for people that are going through generalized anxiety disorder. But before you start taking prescription medications that may just mask the disorder, it is important to get to the root of the problem. The symptoms will go away on their own when you find the answer to what is giving you anxiety. A way to do that is to take control of your life through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a special kind of therapy that deals with anxiety issues and finding out the real cause of the anxiety. The surface anxieties are usually just a mask for the real problem.
There is also the holistic or natural approach to finding help as well. This can be alternative therapy that would include therapeutic treatment by a psychologist, as well as the use of natural remedies that include specific herbs such as St. John’s Wort, Passiflora Incarnata, Scullcap, and Valerian. With the side effects of prescription drugs, you are more apt to be able to find the main cause of your anxiety and still feel better about yourself. Along with relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga, you can overcome your generalized anxiety disorder by reaching deep inside yourself to find out the cause.
A part of the natural treatment you can do for yourself is to also make lifestyle changes such as more exercise, eating healthier, and getting enough sleep. It is especially important that if you think you may have generalized anxiety disorder that you seek a treatment that will work naturally with both your body and your mind.