Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Top Five Symptoms

Friday, 22 Oct 2010 12:00 PM

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Do you worry excessively about things like household chores, money, health, and work? Are you on edge all the time? If your friend is late by just 10 minutes, do you have a panic attack worrying about whether they had an accident? If you answered yes to any of these, chances are you are suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) are over-anxious about little things in life. Things like a big presentation, an exam, or exceeding the due date for a phone bill may cause a normal person some amount of anxiety, but people with GAD will let this anxiety take over their lives.
 
Here is a list of the top five Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms.
  1. Constant worry: People with GAD are in a state of persistent and excessive worry that they find difficult to control. Obsessive concern about the smallest issues is one of the major signs of this condition. GAD has been described by medical experts as “free-floating” — patients can attach their anxiety to any issue in their environment. Experts also agree that the state of worry must occur frequently for a period of at least six months to be qualified as GAD. People suffering from GAD generally worry about elements of daily life including work, money, health, safety, and household chores. They get so involved with their problems that they completely miss out on the big picture and end up with unfinished projects.
  2. Concentration: Another generalized anxiety disorder symptom is a lack of concentration and feeling of restlessness. Due to this, patients are unable to finish their work properly. The minds of people with GAD can also go “blank” during important exams and meetings. This may disrupt the person’s normal life and needs immediate counseling.
  3. Muscle aches: A physical sign of Generalized Anxiety Disorder is muscle tension and aches. Generalized Anxiety Disorder can manifest itself in the form of headaches, body aches, and muscle aches.
  4. Low confidence: This symptom of GAD is usually seen in children but occurs in adults as well. Low confidence can make it seem like children lack talent even if they are skilled. This is detrimental to their growth in school.
  5. Trembling: People with GAD often show symptoms of trembling and increased heartbeat during a panic reaction. This can affect their work as well as their education in a negative way as it does not allow them to concentrate.
Research has proven that GAD begins early in life. It can also be caused by chronic stress due to a sudden crisis, or at any age. If you are suffering from this disorder, it is advisable that you seek psychiatric help immediately. 

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