If you know about anxiety disorders, I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘generalized anxiety disorder,’ also known as GAD. It’s the most severe anxiety disorder that has sadly become quite common these days.
If you’re not aware of the details, you don’t have to worry. In this article today, I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about generalized anxiety disorder. So, let’s get this started:
Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Though the symptoms of any disorder are not the same for everyone, there are always a few that are frequently experienced by people. The common symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder are:
- Persistent feelings of fear and worry
- Unexplained body aches and stomach dysregularities
- Irritability and difficulty concentrating
- Trembling, shaking, and sweating
- Palpitations and a feeling of going black
- Sleep-related disturbances and sometimes insomnia
Diagnostic Criteria of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), generalized anxiety disorder affects more than 6.5 million adults in the US every year. However, what you need to understand is that it isn’t diagnosed merely on account of anxiety.
Three of the above-mentioned symptoms along with uncontrollable worry and fear should be present for six months or more in order to get diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. Also, the symptoms of depression may co-occur in-between, but it won’t change the official diagnosis.
Treatment Options for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The treatment of generalized anxiety disorder varies as per the severity of the symptoms. However, one thing is clear that you cannot get rid of the disorder unless you make some lifestyle changes. Yes, when treating generalized anxiety disorder, medical treatment and natural remedies go hand in hand. The following are the treatment options for it:
- Anti-anxiety medications are prescribed to control the excessive feelings of worry and fear as well as to relax the nerves.
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are also prescribed when the symptoms are severe and depression is present.
- Herbs and plants, including chamomile, ashwagandha, and sec edibles are also beneficial as they naturally relax your mind and body, eliminating anxiety.
- In case of insomnia, your physician may also recommend a tranquilizer or you can take valerian root, which is a natural sedative.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a psychotherapeutic treatment option, is another must as it can alter the way you look at things.
- Exercise and meditation can also make a difference as they lower the production of cortisol, which is a stress hormone in your body.
The Final Word…
Before winding it up, I want you to know that generalized anxiety disorder is completely curable. It may bring a few rough days for you but it won’t be something that you cannot handle. Just be sure to stay positive through it all as positivity is the key to recovery. Rest assured, with prompt treatment, you’ll start feeling better in a week or so. I wish you all the best, my friends. Have a wonderful day ahead!