GAD is an abbreviation for generalized anxiety disorder which is a chronic condition in which a person expresses excessive worry and unwarranted and exaggerated tension about everyday issues allowing them to completely overshadow any positive thing in one’s life. Persons who have generalized anxiety disorder have probably never learned to cope with problems the right way and have trouble relaxing in general. This disorder can be controlled by adopting these skills as well as with medications and psychotherapy.
Some of the symptoms for generalized anxiety disorder includes constant distress and obsession about any kind of problem, whether it is a significant one or not feeling tense and agitated all the time, troubles with concentration, muscle pain, insomnia or sweating and nausea.
Generalized anxiety disorder is as previously stated, connected to constant feelings of worry. They do not always get the best of the person, but the person is so used to being worried that they feel concerned even when there is no apparent reason to be concerned about. They just have the vague feeling about something bad which might happen, or they simply target an issue which has no indication of going wrong at that particular moment.
Generalized anxiety disorder often starts at a young age, but it progresses very slowly, and it is very likely to be combined with some other mental issues, like another kind of anxiety disorder, substance abuse problem or a mood disorder, such as major depression.
The majority of people with this disorder tends to simply ignore it or count on it to resolve by itself, however, that is not very probable. It is best to seek medical advice before any of the symptoms become too extreme because that way they will be much easier to deal with. Seeing a doctor is a necessity when one estimates that the worrying has started completely controlling a person’s life or if feelings of depression arise leading to problems with substance abuse or even suicidal thoughts.
The treatment consists of anti-anxiety medications or psychotherapy although some people mix the two for the most effective results. Psychotherapy is particularly beneficial since it does not just ease the symptoms of the condition, but it focuses on discovering the underlying causes of the overwhelming concern and choosing mechanisms to fight the negative attitudes towards life in general. Sometimes it takes a while to find the appropriate treatment for a person because every individual case is different and requires a unique point of view and treatment.