Generalised Anxiety Disorder

People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder worry a lot about a wide range of things over long periods of time. You might find it difficult to function at home or work because of your worries. People with Generalised Anxiety Disorder worry about the same kinds of things as everyone else, except they worry more often and for a longer time.

The main things people worry about are health, finances, family, work, relationships. People who have GAD sometimes even worry about worrying, they might worry so much that they worry that it might be harmful to them.

Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder can lead to symptoms in your body, your feelings, your thinking and your behaviour.

Effects on your thinking

  • Worrying too much about different things
  • Difficulty controlling worry

Effects on your body

  • Difficulty relaxing
  • Feeling tense or wound up
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Getting easily tired
  • Difficulty sleeping

Effects on your feelings

  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Feeling hopeless or sad
  • Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen

Effects on your behaviour

  • Trying to control your worries in lots of different ways that may not be helpful
  • Avoiding things that make you worried

Talk to us about therapy for Generalised Anxiety Disorder if you are registered with a GP in City and Hackney

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Cause of Generalised Anxiety Disorder

The causes of GAD are complex and vary from person to person. Some people might be more likely to experience anxiety because of their genetic or physiological make-up or because they experienced a lot of stress or uncertainty in their lives. It often starts around adolescence and affects both men and women. The early stages of our lives, between 10 and 20, can be times of uncertainty and changes in our independence and the responsibilities we might have.

Sometimes late on in life we might experience a significant change such as a relationship breakdown, children leaving home, bereavement, accident or illness, redundancy or retirement that can make the world feel very uncertain again. Excessive worry can be experienced at any point in a person’s life but it is often linked to increased uncertainty.

Treatment for Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Some people who worry a lot may feel that it is just part of them and that it will never go away. However even if you think you have always been a worrier you can still learn to understand it better so that it doesn’t interfere with your life so much. Therapy can help you keep your worries in proportion. The most effective treatment for Generalised Anxiety Disorder is a psychological therapy called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

CBT can help you change the thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations and behaviours that may be keeping your worry going. CBT can help you identify different types of worry, your beliefs about worry and deal with problem that you may be experiencing in your life more effectively. Over time you can start to feel more in control of your worries and your life.

Need Urgent Help?

If you need urgent help and are worried that you can’t keep yourself safe, City and Hackney has a 24-hour Crisis helpline on 0800 073 0006 or you can get help at your local Accident and Emergency department.