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Learn about the DSM V criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder by watching the video below.
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms consist of a pervasive and overwhelming sense of anxiety about everything!
In order to meet the diagnostic criteria, the worry needs to:have lasted 6 months, and it needs to be difficult to control. People who have generalized anxiety disorder worry about anything and everything all the time. Often times you can see these traits in the family.
What is worry exactly? And how is it different from anxiety? Worry is actually the thinking component of anxiety. Anxiety is made of of thoughts emotions and physical sensations and behaviors. Worry are the specific thoughts that go along with anxiety. Such as I can't do this. Something bad is going to happen. Everyone will laugh at me. I will fail. The plane will crash. What if I cant pay my bills?
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It is also important to know that almost everyone who has generalized anxiety disorder ( GAD) has a secondary diagnosis of and anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, or medical condition.
If you have GAD you may have other undiagnosed problems that you need help with click here for more facts about GAD.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms consist of behavioral, physical and mental ( mind) manifestations.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms that are physical
Physical dysregulation or arousal is a core symptoms of generalized anxiety. So many of us our disconnected from our bodies that we are unaware that we are having these symptoms until they actually cause us medical problems. This is why so often there is a correlation between stress and illness.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms include feeling physically tired and exhausted, feeling restless and agitated or keyed up. People who have generalized anxiety at times state they feel exhausted by their worrying but they can’t stop. Sufferers will also often have a tremendous amount of muscle tension. Tension and agitation keeps anxious people from resting and relaxing and may cause or exacerbate sleep problems. This is a vicious cycle between the mind and body. This constant physical discomfort paired with sleeplessness can in turn cause irritability and mood fluctuation.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms that involve Behavior and Thoughts
People who have generalized anxiety will often have difficulty concentrating. Of course they do, because they are too busy worrying to actually pay attention to the moment! This in turn serves to deprive people who suffer from anxiety from enjoying their present life, because of unceasing worry about the future. This constant focus on the future is another trait common to those who suffer from this condition. Think about it. If you are constantly thinking and worrying about the future, your mind can never be calm, focused and present!
"Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.” –Thich Nhat Hanh
People with general anxiety will avoid things that cause them worry, and will also worry rather than effectively solving their problems. It’s a challenge to let go of worry. We are often taught that worry is what helps us to prevent laziness, tragedy. We may believe it shows we care, or promotes success and achievement. But guess what? It’s just the opposite. Worry prevents us from giving our all! It disables us. It impairs us. People who have chronic anxiety are less effective at performing their roles and duties.
People with generalized anxiety disorder also view the world as and situations with more distrust and fear, and often have a more pessimistic outlook on life. Therapy for generalized anxiety focuses on all of these issues! Click here for more information about treatment.
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