Are you constantly worrying?
The symptoms of GAD look as follows:
- GAD affects the way a person thinks, but anxiety causes several physical symptoms as well:
- Excessive anxiety and worry on most days about a number of events or activities for a period of at least 6 months
- Constant worrying that you struggle to control
- Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
- Being easily fatigued (you feel as if you have run the Comrades Marathon by the end of the day)
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
- An unrealistic view of problems
- The need to go to the bathroom frequently
- Being easily startled
What Causes GAD?
Brain chemistry: GAD has been associated with abnormal functioning of certain nerve cell pathways that connect particular brain regions involved in thinking and emotion. These nerve cell connections depend on chemicals called neurotransmitters that transmit information from one nerve cell to the next. The specific neurotransmitter involved in GAD is serotonin.
Environmental factors: Trauma and stressful events, such as abuse, the death of a loved one, divorce, changing jobs or schools, may contribute to GAD. GAD also may become worse during periods of stress. The use of and withdrawal from addictive substances, including alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, can also worsen anxiety.
So if you recognise yourself in the above symptoms, what do you do about it?
Before taking herbal remedies or supplements, talk to your doctor to make sure they're safe for you and won't interact with any medications you take.
In our next blog, we will look a bit more closely at lifestyle changes and preventative mechanisms to keep GAD from dictating your life.
- Generalized anxiety disorder - Mayo Clinic
- Learn More About General Anxiety Disorder
- Anxiety - Open Path Psychotherapy Collective - Open Path Psychotherapy Collective
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