Generalized Anxiety Disorder And The Vicious Cycle Of Worrying About Worry

 

Everyone has stress in their life. We all have deadlines for work, bosses to answer to, bills to pay and maybe even have kids to look after. Naturally, life isn’t perfect and sometimes things don’t go as planned (like having car trouble on the way to an appointment). When things like these happen, it is normal to feel stressed and experience anxiety. Sometimes anxiety is necessary and the things that occur in your body at these times can actually help improve your performance (head on over to my blog on panic disorder for more information about this [How to not panic when you’re panicking]).

But what if you were constantly switched on like this and you couldn’t turn it off? Constantly worrying about something to the point where it gives you chills, makes you sick or makes it hard to sleep or concentrate….. exhausting right?

This is what generalized anxiety disorder (or GAD) feels like.

What is generalized anxiety disorder?

Social Anxiety When It Is More Than Just Pre-Party Jitters

The butterflies in the stomach, clammy hands and thumping heart…

We’ve all been there — be it an interview for a new job, giving a speech or going on a date. Everyone has had a time when they felt nervous. A time when they worried, “what if I’m just not good enough?” This is okay… a certain amount of anxiety is natural and healthy.

What if it was more than just”some few nerves”  though?

What if ordering your coffee in the morning made you just as nervous as delivering a valedictorian speech to 100 people? Even after rehearsing your order three times, you were still so scared you would mess it up that you walked out of the cafe without even ordering.

What if the thought of meeting friends out for dinner made you so anxious that you felt physically sick and decided to stay home — and now they hardly ever invite you out because this happens every time?…

When It’s A Bit More Than Everyday Stress: How To Know When To See A Professional

 

Life goes up and down. We all go through some really stressful times like job losses or relationship breakdowns, and some really upsetting events like losing a loved one. How do we know when it’s too much, though? When will we know if we need help? There are obvious signs like we are so sad and miserable, and don’t want to be here anymore, but is there some way we can recognize when we’re heading down that path and ask for help before we get to that point?…

How To Not Panic When You’re Panicking: A Guide To Panic Disorder And How To Manage It

 

Suddenly your lunch is churning. A few minutes ago you felt fine, but now your stomach is a washing machine and you are scouring the exits for the nearest washroom. You feel a hot flush rise from your neck as your underarms are soaked in sweat. You look down and your hands are trembling. Your chest starts constricting and it feels like you can’t get enough oxygen in. “No… no… not again” you think. You look around, no one seems to notice the war going on inside you. They all look so calm, all put together and in control. “Not like me,” you think. You begin taking deeper and deeper breaths, trying to get the oxygen in and this just makes you dizzier. Someone notices you and says something like “Stop panicking…..Calm down”, but you couldn’t catch all of it, all you know is that you’re choking and it’s terrifying.…

When Your Child Just Can’t Stop Worrying: Generalized Anxiety Disorder In Children

You know the feeling…. anxiety…. we’ve all had it. The jittery nerves and sweaty palms you might get just before doing something challenging or new. Most of the time, we pluck up our courage and do these things anyway because we know that it will all be fine once we finish. What if we didn’t finish though? What if we were constantly in this horrible state of anxiety? On top of that, what if we didn’t understand what anxiety was? All that we knew was that we feel horrible all the time. Wouldn’t that be awful?…

Phobias And How To Conquer Them

Are you afraid of heights? Maybe small spaces? Or spiders? Perhaps, you are afraid of snakes or maybe even open water… When you come up against these types of things, it’s normal to feel frightened, anxious, jumpy, shaky, sweaty or even a little sick. You might even go as far as to refer to these fears as a “phobia”. Generally, though, they aren’t true phobias. The level of fear we experience towards such things (spiders, heights etc) is appropriate given the situation at the time. Most of the time, we are even able to push through this fear if we have to, whereas someone with a specific phobia can’t.…

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Reliving Your Worst Moment Every Day

Imagine going through something absolutely horrible like a disastrous car accident or being a witness to a natural disaster where people lost their lives. Often, such events test our fundamental belief – we are NOT that safe in this world. Due to this, it is quite normal to react with intense emotions like fear, disgust, anger, and sadness. It could also take some time to overcome these feelings. Normally, we are lucky that the human brain is quite resilient and with the support of people around us, we can generally overcome these feelings after a few weeks. For some people though, the event is so upsetting that they struggle to let go of it and are forced to relive the intense emotions it caused almost every day. This type of difficulty is known as post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) which simply means experiencing prolonged stress and anxiety after a traumatic event.…

Experiencing Panic Attacks – What To Do?

Everyone experiences panic or distress every now and then. Some people are more distressed to speak in public. Some people are afraid of the dark. Some people experience panic attacks before job interviews. We all have specific reasons which can trigger the panic within us. It may be hard to understand or comprehend by ourselves so seeking out a therapist can be a good first move.…

Anxiety And Obsessive Compulsive Disorder On Kids

Did you know that mental disorders are more common than other illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease? In fact, according to World Health Organization (WHO), 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental disorders (1 in 4 people) but almost two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder do not look for professional help. Mental disorders affect both males and females but illnesses like eating disorders tend to affect females more. Other disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more common in children.

How To Help A Loved One With Anxiety And Depression

It is heartbreaking to see a loved one wither each day because of anxiety and depression. This disorder kills them and yet, they don’t know that it does – how it slowly destroys the once happy person within. It could be your child, spouse, sibling, parent, close relative or friend. Anxiety and depression can overcome anyone at any time without warning, to the point of sinking into vicious habits.

As someone who has to deal with a loved one who has anxiety and depression, it is very difficult. At times, you may feel like giving up because the anxious or depressed individual is way beyond consoling. You lift your arms up and say “I quit. I don’t think I can help you.” But that’s not true. There are so many ways that you can help your loved one feel better and assist him in coping with his disorder, whether by yourself or, in dire cases that your loved one got into alcohol or substance abuse, in getting help with addiction.…