Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder looks different for every individual, with any combination of symptoms. Some underlying trends, though, is that individuals who experience GAD feel worried or nervous more frequently than other individuals, even when the reason for the anxiety is irrational, or there is little reason to worry about the anxious thoughts running through their minds. Additionally, steadfast feelings of anxiety can begin to interfere with daily life and keep individuals from living their lives to the fullest.
Symptoms of GAD can include, but are not limited to:
- Excessive worry about everyday things (beyond the scope of the problem one is worrying about);
- Difficulty taming worries/feelings of nervousness;
- Difficulty relaxing due to persistent worrying;
- Tremble, twitch, and/or startle easily;
- Irritability, or a feeling of "being on edge";
- Become tired easily or experience fatigue a lot;
- And more;
How can Generalized Anxiety Disorder be Treated?
Similar to other mental disorders, GAD is treated through a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
- Medications that are commonly used include antidepressants, such as SSRIs and SNRIs; and anti-anxiety medications, such as benzodiazepines. It is important to consult with a medical professional for this aspect of treatment.
- Common psychotherapeutic techniques include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy --- negative thought patterns are reworked and reframed
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy --- involves practicing mindfulness and goal-setting in order to reduce discomfort and anxiety
Here at Madrigal, we are committed to addressing depression-presenting symptoms in a holistic manner.
*This information was adapted from the National Institute of Mental Health. Click this link for more information.*