Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a medical condition characterized by uncontrollable worrying about common occurrences and situations. It may also be referred to as neurosis or chronic anxiety.
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms may be experienced by both men and women alike however, women form the majority due to society and peer pressure they experience on a daily basis which may interfere with relationships and your daily activities and affect their outlook on life and their self-esteem.
Generalized anxiety disorder may also be expressed as exaggerated anxiety over daily affairs and life events with no obvious reasons and often times out of proportion (this is very common in aged older people), sufferers may become so obsessive with their fears that they hardly have any positive thoughts.
Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms are very similar to panic attack and social anxiety. The following are some of the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder:
1. Headaches: This may be cuased by sleep disturbances and insomnia which may get worse over time and may lead to depression.
2: Spontaneous profuse sweating: Increased heart rate and pacing pulse may lead to heightened metabolic rates which produces spontaneous sweat when least expected.
3. Insomnia and frequent sleep disturbance: Insomnia and sleep disturbances or difficulty getting good sleep is one of the hallmarks of generalized anxiety disorder.
4. Tingling sensation felt at the extremeties of the body when the thoughts set in
5. You become easily startled
6. Heightened irritability
7. Muscular tension
8. Unrealistic view of problematic situations
9. Excessive and constant worries over situations
10. Altered brain chemistry: Brain chemistry changes and alteration has been linked to generalized anxiety disorder. Changes happen in brain regions involved in thinking and emotions. This may cause behavioural shift which may become anti-social in the least if not attended to promptly but psychotherapies do help to manage changes to neurotransmitters which are involved in those areas which may be affected by GAD.
12. Sweating palms
13. Fatigue and frequent exhaustion
All these generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can well be managed by first having a mental shift from thinking negative thoughts, also talking to your doctor may go a long way as you might need anti-anxiety medications. Also meditation techniques and yoga may help to refocus your thinking to the most wonderful graces that abounds within you and will help to surmount mental troubles that bring about such thoughts.