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What is GAD?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by apprehension or excessive anxiety about everyday life issues. This anxiety is usually very difficult to control or stop and people with this type of anxiety disorder often find themselves being in a constant state of worry.
While much of the anxiety concerns the way the individual thinks and feels, anxiety is also expressed with physical symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, muscle tension, or fatigue. Other symptoms include sleep disturbance, tension headaches, panic attacks and difficulty concentrating.
While we all become anxious from time to time, when this kind of extreme anxiety begins to interfere with daily life and disrupts progress in everyday tasks, it becomes debilitating and needs to be addressed.
Help for GAD
Various treatment options are available for overcoming generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and should be researched to find one that best suits a particular diagnosis. Treatment should seek to address the root cause of the anxiety, rather than simply seek to alleviate its symptoms.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other relaxation techniques have proven most beneficial in treating GAD symptoms. Many medical practitioners are often quick to prescribe high schedule drugs such as various anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications as the primary treatment option. However these often have multiple troubling side-effects or the risk of addiction and should be taken with caution after all other options have been explored.
Alternative or Complementary Medicine has shown that anxiety in general responds best to a combination of treatment modalities. A more holistic approach would include appropriate therapeutic treatment by a registered psychologist, as well as the use of natural remedies, relaxation techniques and other treatment methods such as hypnotherapy or acupuncture as a method for overcoming generalized anxiety disorder symptoms.
Lifestyle Changes, such as regular exercise, sufficient sleep and a well balanced diet are all beneficial as part of a holistic treatment program to aid with overcoming generalized anxiety disorder symptoms. Learning about GAD symptoms by reading books and keeping up to date with the latest information also helps to empower the individual and can increase confidence and self help efforts.