Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a condition which can cause people to become extremely anxious about various situations and issues instead of one particular event. This is characterised by constant, uncontrollable worrying. Those who suffer from GAD often feel anxious most days, with difficulty recalling the last time they felt relaxed or tranquil. As one anxious thought dissipates, another soon takes its place, concerning a different problem. The symptoms of GAD can be both physical and psychological, which include: restlessness, feeling 'on edge', difficulty concentrating, a sense of dread, fast and irregular heartbeat, difficulty sleeping, headaches, excessive sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness, and irritability. However, this is not a complete list of symptoms, as anxiety can present itself in many different ways. The most distinguishing feature of GAD is the experience of relentless and persistent worries that can be overwhelming.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, it's important to seek professional help. Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) involves a combination of medication and therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Depending on your needs, medication may be prescribed on a short-term or long-term basis.