You would be considered to be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder if you are constantly in a state of anxiety, but with no panic attacks and with no specific cause (phobia). Sometimes this can just disappear but if you find it persists for more than four months then you should seek treatment.
This affects about 8% of the population. You will worry about many things because you are no longer using an effective strategy to deal with them. Little things can easily upset you and you may feel as if you are going to break down in floods of tears at any point. You may make unnecessary mistakes and be extra clumsy. Problems will appear greater than they really are. This internal inbalance can create a lot of needless stress and tension.
This is very easily remedied, mostly with an effective problem solving technique, some hypnosis to deal with cluttered, circular thinking and deep relaxation techniques. The idea is to create more order and calm in your life.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
- Sleep disorder
- Muscular tension
- Poor concentration
- Fatigue, tire easily
- Restlessness/ sleep problems
- Heart palpitations
- Gastrointestinal problems
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment
- Anti stress techniques
- Problem solving techniques
- Sleep therapy
- Deliberate changes in daily habits and lifestyle.
- Distraction – arithmetic, anchored memory
- Exposure or Flooding – recreating the symptoms to familiarize yourself with them.
- Hypnotherapy – cognitive behaviour techniques