What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder? from the NIHM
“I always thought I was just a worrier. I’d feel keyed up and unable to relax. At times it would come and go, and at times it would be constant. It could go on for days. I’d worry about what I was going to fix for a dinner party, or what would be a great present for somebody. I just couldn’t let something go.”
“I’d have terrible sleeping problems. There were times I’d wake up wired in the middle of the night. I had trouble concentrating, even reading the newspaper or a novel. Sometimes I’d feel a little lightheaded. My heart would race or pound. And that would make me worry more. I was always imagining things were worse than they really were. When I got a stomachache, I’d think it was an ulcer.”
“I was worried all the time about everything. It didn’t matter that there were no signs of problems, I just got upset. I was having trouble falling asleep at night, and I couldn’t keep my mind focused at work. I felt angry at my family all the time.”
All of us worry about things like health, money, or family problems. But people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are extremely worried about these and many other things, even when there is little or no reason to worry about them. They are very anxious about just getting through the day. They think things will always go badly. At times, worrying keeps people with GAD from doing everyday tasks.
This video will go over 6 of the most common GAD symptoms that you should be looking out for when trying to determine whether you (or someone else) may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder.
And whilst this GAD symptom list doesn’t cover absolutely every possible symptom that can result out of GAD it does cover some of the most common and frequent ones.
This generalized anxiety disorder symptoms list includes:
– Excessive and worrying. Easily one of the most common symptoms of GAD is simply worrying about everything and everything and often totally unnecessary.
– Tiredness and difficulty sleeping. Often GAD sufferers will worry so much that they lose sleep and find themselves constantly tired and sleep deprived.
– Headaches. Another common GAD symptom in both men and women is he the headache which can only disappear when the person is relaxed and the re-appear again whenever they become anxious.
– Troubles Concentrating. Many people with generalized anxiety disorder have big problems concentrating on the task at hand finding themselves unable to properly focus and always distracted.
– Constant Bathroom Trips. For some people with GAD the stress will cause them urinate frequently. This could however also be the result of other issues.
– Irritability. The last common symptom of GAD irritability and many suffered find themselves getting easily irritated at even the most minor of things.
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Summer Beretsky enjoys writing about her experiences with anxiety, panic, and Paxil. She had her first panic attack as an undergrad at Lycoming College and plenty more while she worked toward her M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware.She wears many hats. Summer authors a mental health blog, Panic About Anxiety, and also contributes pieces on anxiety, panic, and other delights to Psychcentral.com’s World of Psychology blog. She has also contributed to the LA Times’ Health section. Currently, she splits her non-blogging time between Williamsport’s major institutes of higher learning. Summer teaches a marketing course at Pennsylvania College of Technology and advises The Lycourier, the student newspaper of Lycoming College. She is also an associate online faculty member at Ashford University.Summer recently married her husband, Jason, who she met back in ’88 when they both attended the same pre-school. She owns a talking parrot, hates the word “crisp”, and wishes it were possible to drink the scent of coffee. In her talk she describes her difficulty with anxiety and how she has overcome it.
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