General Anxiety Disorders
It is perfectly normal for you to have anxious feelings sometimes, especially when your daily life and your working environment is full of stress. Yet, it is not good if you have anxiety on an ongoing basis that gets in the way of your daily activities as well as your relationships and it makes it difficult to find enjoyment in life. Then it may be that you suffer from generalized anxiety disorder.
There is a possibility that one can begin development of generalized anxiety disorder either during childhood or later as an adult. This kind of disorder has just about the same symptoms as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder or other kinds of anxiety; however, they are not the same conditions.
It is often a life-long challenge to live with generalized anxiety disorder. In a lot of cases, it may occur in conjunction with other mood or anxiety disorders. Many times, this disorder will improve with medications, psychotherapy or a combination of both. One can also make lifestyle changes, learn how to use coping skills and learn how to use relaxation techniques to help general anxiety disorders.
The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder can vary in severity and combination. They may include the following:
- One constantly worries or obsesses about small or large concerns
- Being easily startled, trembling or feeling twitchy
- Diarrhea, sweating or nausea
- Feeling restless, on edge or keyed up
- Having a hard time concentrating or having your mind go “blank”
- Muscle tension or achy muscles
- Trouble sleeping
- Rapid heartbeat or experiencing shortness of breath
There may be times when you are not completely consumed by your worries, but you still have an anxious feeling for no apparent cause. For instance, you may feel intensely worried about your safety or even of your family. You may even have a feeling that something bad is just about ready to happen.
It has been found that generalized anxiety disorder will often begin at an early age, and the symptoms and signs may develop much slower than when seen in other anxiety disorders. Most people who suffer from this disorder cannot remember when they last felt at ease or relaxed.
If a person suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, he must realize that this is a chronic condition that will necessitate ongoing treatment. When you receive the proper treatment, your feelings of anxiety may not happen as often.
You will find that a person who has generalized anxiety disorder will occur with some of the other mental health conditions like substance abuse problems, other anxiety disorders along with mood disorders. It will commonly co-occur with major depression.
Symptoms Occurring in Children and Adults
Along with symptoms and some of the other symptoms mentioned above, children and adolescents may experience the following excessive worries:
- How they perform at school as well as other sporting events
- Nuclear war, earthquakes or other catastrophic events
- Being on time
A child who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder may also include the following:
- They may feel the need to really fit in but may feel overly anxious about it
- Lack confidence
- Strive for approval
- Be a perfectionist
- Redo a task because she feels it is not perfect the first time
- These children need very much reassurance concerning performance
When it is Time to see a Doctor
Even though some anxiety is perfectly normal, you should seek a physician’s help if:
- You feel as if you are worrying way too much; it seems to be interfering with your relationships, work and other parts of your life
- Either you or one of your friends has suicidal behaviors or thoughts – seek emergency treatment right away either at your local Emergency Room or crisis center
- You are feeling depressed, are having trouble with drugs or alcohol or you are having other mental health issues along with your anxiety problems
Your worries are probably not going to go away by themselves, and they may worsen over time. Try to get professional help before your generalized anxiety disorder becomes severe because then it may be much simpler to treat.
Just as with many mental health illnesses, it is not fully known what the cause is of generalized anxiety disorder. Naturally occurring chemicals in the brain, called neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin may play a part in the cause of generalized anxiety disorder. It is much more likely that other factors such as genetics, stress and the environment may also contribute to generalized anxiety disorder.
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