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Generalised anxiety disorder or GAD

Generalised anxiety disorder or GAD

Generalised anxiety disorder or GAD

Generalised anxiety disorder or GAD

Eleos Counselling has been helping clients living in the Crawley and East Grinstead area, West Sussex with general anxiety disorder ( GAD) for many years.

Generalised anxiety disorder: A brief history

Generalised anxiety disorder or GAD, is actually not a new concept, in fact, it’s possibly been around as long as man has been on this planet. It is part of our fear response, which is located in the part of the brain called the limbic system.Anxiety-Disorder-293x300

Although anxious thoughts have plagued man, since he first stepped foot on this planet the diagnosis of anxiety disorder is relatively new. Anxiety is a bodily reaction which can be described as nervousness from being faced with the fear, which, in turn, activates the fight/ flight or freeze mechanism within the brain. Fundamentally, anxiety is when the fight /flight or freeze mechanism is malfunctioning.

The first people to recognise anxiety was the Greeks, they were to call this “hysteria”; as it was thought, at the time that only women suffered from this condition. Taken from the root word for female reproductive organs, it was first believed by the Greeks that hysteria was caused by a malfunction of the uterus.

Freud was to explore this hysteria more fully, in his studies into sexual repression, finding that hysteria was mostly based on female sexual suppression.

The American Civil War was to uncover, what we now know is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Traumatised soldiers would suffer counselling for anxiety, Crawley and East Grinstead, West Sussex_05from what is called an “irritable heart” it is noteworthy to mention that one of the symptoms associated with anxiety disorder is panic attacks which often include palpitations of the heart, further symptoms are, a difficulty getting a breathing when one suffers from an attack. Doctors often treated this with opium, which addictive effects were not actually known at that point. In the 1800s anxiety was diagnosed as “weakness of the nerves” doctors would treat this with alcohol or bromide salts.

What is anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorder is often called chronic worrying; people with this problem often say that they are anxious about everything. Frequently one the symptoms of anxiety disorder “catastrophising”; this is where anxious people will often jump to the worst possible conclusion, regarding a situation.

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) becomes increasingly difficult for the sufferer to come to terms with, and indeed live with. Often the symptoms are exacerbated by the lack of sleep, which in turn can often impact employment and this in effect then adds to the sufferer’s problems.

How do I know that I have generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

If you have an affirmative answer to the question below, and there’s a good possibility you have generalised anxiety disorder.

  • Do you have a constant fear or dread and has this lasted over six months?
  • Do you have a problem with sleeplessness will have difficulty going to sleep?
  • Do you feel tense and nervous for a good part the day?
  • Do you feel irritable with others for no particular reason?

Eleos Counselling would strongly advise people seek information and guidance not only from their GP but also from other mental health forums.


I started going to counselling when I started waking up, late at night, in a cold sweat. My partner told me that I needed counselling, she knew I wouldn’t take pills. Just talking about what made me anxious helped, and with Tony’s help I got to the underlying issues. The glamour came to counselling.

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How can Eleos Counselling help?

During a recent survey the online forum UK mental health estimated that 9% of the UK population have a mental health problem, some of which is GAD(General Anxiety Disorder) .

Seeking professional help from the therapist can be the first step in your recovery from general anxiety disorder, Eleos Counselling has had many years helping clients overcome general anxiety disorder in the Crawley and East Grinstead area, if you would like to make an appointment you can phone on any of the numbers above, or go to the book now button below which will take you to an online booking page we can book an assessment.

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