Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is excessive tension and worry about everyday life events. People with GAD often seem unable to relax or fall asleep and may experience light-headedness, shortness of breath, nausea, trembling, muscle tension, headaches, irritability, or sweating.
"The main feature of GAD is excessive worry about a number of things, such as family, finances and work. A key aspect underpinning worry is the intolerance of uncertainty. For instance, not knowing whether or not I can pay my bills at the end of the month is very difficult for GAD sufferers to tolerate and this intolerance tends to lead to worrisome thoughts and actions. Treating GAD from a psychological perspective involves targeting worried thoughts and increasing tolerance levels. This is usually done through cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, relaxation strategies and carefully designed emotion exposures" says Psychologist Tyrone Edgar.
If you think you suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder, you are always anticipating disaster or often worry excessively about health, money, family, or work - get helpful expert advice on Facebook Friday FREE online Q&A on 18th November at 1pm & 7pm. It’s a great opportunity to chat to experts such as Psychologist Tyrone Edgar from the CBT Group in Sandton from 1pm – 2pm and in the evening from 7pm – 8pm with Psychologist Mara Zanella from Facilitate Health & Wellness in North Riding.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms:
- Persistent worrying or obsession about small or large concerns
- Worries that are persistent and interfere with their normal day-to-day functioning
- Feeling on edge or irritable and not being able to concentrate
- Feeling tired but having difficulty sleeping
- Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
- Distress about making decisions for fear of making the wrong decision
- Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind "goes blank"
- Inability to relax, restlessness, and feeling keyed up or on edge
- Difficulty handling uncertainty or indecisiveness
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