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What is generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

Everybody has had bouts of anxiety at least once in their life; this is quite a normal human reaction, and part of everyday life. Nevertheless, if you become anxious on a regular basis, or indeed have panic attacks, you may have what is called generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Generalised anxiety disorder is normally when feeling anxious is a normal state of affairs. This often starts in early teens and progresses into late adulthood. Generalised anxiety disorder can develop slowly and often, your GP would not diagnose this, or indeed have the training to do so, in fact, most GPs have minimum mental health training so it’s possible that your GP could miss a diagnosis.

Below are some of the symptoms you may be having which could point you towards having an anxiety disorder.

  • Being overanxious about everyday occurrences such as going to the outside the house or meeting people that you already know.
  • Having worrying thoughts continuously, which will not go away?
  • Unable to unwind, interrupted sleep, not being able to switch off.
  • Unable to concentrate being distracted by intrusive thoughts.
  • Having an upset stomach or feeling sick or repeated visits to the toilet.

How does generalised anxiety develop?

Modern research has no real explanation of what causes generalised anxiety disorder. There is some research that suggests the type of family environment you grew up in have some bearing on your susceptibility to generalised anxiety disorder but this is unclear. Nevertheless, one thing that all research is consistent on that is linked with the fight flight or freeze mechanism in your brain this is part of survival instinct in a part of the brain called the amygdala. Some research has suggested that an oversensitivity of this part of the brain could be the cause of generalised anxiety disorder.

I started going to counselling when I had a panic attack at work. I thought I was having a heart attack. I started getting worried about having another panic attack, that’s when I started going to counselling. I realised hadn’t worked through some issues I had from the past. I now know that when I feel anxious it will pass

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