What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER

WHAT IS IT?

It is characterized because the person who suffers from it has different concerns that are intense, persistent and disproportionate in comparison with the real danger, they tend to doubt in a more or less long period, they are not related to any particular event or situation.

Characteristics

From persistent and excessive anxiety and worry about activities or events, even common routine matters. The worry is disproportionate to the current situation, is difficult to control and affects the way you feel physically. It often happens along with other anxiety or depression disorders. This begins in childhood or adolescence.

WHAT IS AND WHAT IS NOT

Anxiety can help you cope, but not in addition to giving you an energy boost or helping you focus; However, when the discomfort produced is uncontrolled and neglected, it brings with it anxiety disorders where the fear is not temporary and can be overwhelming. 

SYMPTOM

It can start in childhood or adolescence and continue into adulthood. feeling of nervousness, agitation or tension. feeling of imminent danger, that panic or catastrophe. Increased heart rate. Fast breathing or hyperventilation. Tremors and sweating Feeling weak or tired Trouble concentrating and falling asleep. Trouble controlling worries. Need to avoid situations that generate anxiety.

 

MAY BE MANIFESTED AS 

  • Insomnia. 
  • Bad memory. 
  • Panic attacks. 
  • Constant worry. 
  • Lack of patience. 
  • Think everything. 
  • Headache and chest pain. 
  • Accelerated heart. 
  • Difficulty breathing.

Specific phobias are characterized by noble anxiety when the person is exposed to a specific object or situation, and a desire to avoid them. In some people, Phobias cause panic attacks.

 

TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS:

GENERALIZED ANXIETY: Excessive fear and worry, which manifests itself most days for a period of less than 6 months. 

SELECTIVE MUTISM: Consistent failure to speak in specific social contexts despite expressing e well in other situations.

AGOROPHOBIA: Fear of places and situations that may cause a feeling of panic, confinement, helplessness or shame. 

PANIC DISORDER: Sudden and repeated attacks of panic that last several minutes, and followed by excessive worry of having another attack. 

SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER: Excessive fear of social situations in which one may be judged, embarrassed, or humiliated. 

SEPARATION ANXIETY DISORDER: Excessive worry and fear of being separated from loved ones. SPECIFIC PHOBIA: Intense and persistent fear of a particular object or situation that is out of proportion to the real risk.

It interferes with daily activities, can occur at any age, has symptoms similar to those of panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other types of anxiety. Symptoms include constant worry, restlessness, and trouble concentrating. Treatment may include psychotherapy and medications such as antidepressants. Remember to consult a professional if you have any questions.

 

For more helpful information on dealing with anxiety and mental health in general, have a look at our other blogs!

 

Thanks for reading

 

Daniela Lemus Batista –

Registered Psychotherapist

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