Generalized Anxiety Disorder

 

Symptoms:

 

     If you have excessive anxiety and worry occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities and you find it difficult to control the worry, you might consider talking with a mental health professional to determine if you have an anxiety disorder.

 

The anxiety and worry are associated with three of the following six symptoms:

 

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless unsatisfying sleep)

 

The anxiety, worry, or physical symptoms that cause significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. Anxiety is often a component found within many other issues as well. Most commonly, anxiety and depression seem to go hand in hand. If you feel anxious, you might notice that sometimes you also feel depressed. 

 

Treatment:

 

     Since all anxiety disorders can have medical cause or component, it is important for individuals to be thoroughly medically checked out before consulting psychological or psychiatric care. Individual therapy is usually the recommended treatment and should be oriented toward combating the individual's low-level, ever-present anxiety. Education about relaxation and simple relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, are excellent places to begin therapy. Reducing stress and increasing overall coping skills may also be beneficial in helping you. Medication could be prescribed if the anxiety symptoms are serious and interfering with normal daily functioning. At the St. Louis Wellness Center, providers can assist people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in a number of ways. Please contact us should you like to talk to someone about your concerns. 


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