Generalized Anxiety Disorder

What Does Generalized Anxiety Disorder Feel Like?

Anxiety That Interferes with Daily Activity

Feeling anxious or stressed from time to time is normal, especially if you have a demanding job or are juggling many factors demands in your life. However, when the anxiety feels difficult to control and interferes with daily activities, it may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

GAD differs from other anxiety disorders in its scope; while others may focus on a particular event or set of symptoms, GAD is characterized by an ongoing and non-specific stream of worry that affects all areas of life. There may not be a single or definitive trigger or source.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder can look like:

  • Difficulty relaxing or letting go of a stressful situation
  • Feeling like your mind is stuck on “worry mode”
  • Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they aren’t
  • Overthinking plans and solutions, anticipating the worst-possible outcomes
  • Difficulty handling uncertainty
  • Indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decision

Physical Signs and Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Physical signs and symptoms may include:

What are the Causes of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Symptoms may develop during childhood or as an adult. Although there is no one cause for GAD, there is evidence that stress, biological factors, family background, and challenging life experiences play a role.

Treatment of GAD

We work with our clients to help them understand how their experiences and their thoughts contribute to their anxiety. From there we work to build out strategies that help to reduce anxiety. Improvements can sometimes be made in a few sessions and most patients are able to eliminate or reduce symptoms after a few months of sessions.

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