Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): What is it and can it be managed?
Like many single moms, Gina is a worrier. She worries about money, about her health, and about her kids’ futures. But lately, Gina’s worry and anxiety have become relentless and disabling. She has trouble falling asleep at night and staying focused when she’s awake.. She constantly feels like catastrophe is just around the corner, and it’s begun to affect her job performance and her relationship with her kids. Gina doesn’t know why she feels this way, or what to do about it.
Gina suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Everyone worries from time to time. It’s natural. But if you find yourself in a constant state of worry and anxiety about a number of different things, you might be suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). People with GAD have trouble controlling their anxiety, even when they are able to identify it.
What are the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, GAD develops over a long period of time, often beginning in the teen or young adult years. Children and adults with GAD may experience symptoms that make it hard to function and that interfere with daily life. People with GAD may:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder can make everyday tasks feel overwhelming.
Worry very much about everyday things
Have trouble controlling their worries or feelings of nervousness
Know that they worry much more than they should
Feel restless and have trouble relaxing
Have a hard time concentrating
Be easily startled
Have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
Feel easily tired or are tired all the time
Have headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains
Have a hard time swallowing
Tremble or twitch
Be irritable or feel “on edge”
Sweat a lot, or feel light-headed or out of breath
Need to go to the bathroom a lot
Children and teens with GAD often worry excessively about:
Their performance, such as in school or in sports
Catastrophes, such as earthquakes or war
Adults with GAD are often highly nervous about everyday circumstances, such as:
Job security or performance
The health and well-being of their children
Completing household chores and other responsibilities
Both children and adults with GAD may experience physical symptoms that make it hard to function and that interfere with daily life.
What causes GAD?
Genetics may play a role in GAD. Stressful or traumatic experiences in childhood can also lead to GAD over time, especially if the resulting emotions and fears are never addressed. The way our brains function and perceive threats play a major role in our anxiety levels. Unmanaged stress is the leading cause of GAD.
How can GAD affect my life?
General Anxiety Disorder can wreak havoc on your life. As The Mayo Clinic explains, it can:
Impair your ability to perform tasks quickly and efficiently, because you have trouble concentrating
Prevent you from spending your time and attention on other activities
Sap your energy
Increase your risk of depression
You don’t have to let your GAD symptoms control your life; you can take charge.
Generalized anxiety disorder can also lead to or worsen other physical health conditions, such as:
Digestive or bowel problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome or ulcers
Headaches and migraines
Chronic pain and illness
Sleep problems and insomnia
Generalized anxiety disorder often occurs along with other mental health issues, which can make diagnosis and treatment challenging. Some mental health disorders that commonly occur along with generalized anxiety disorder include:
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Suicidal thoughts or suicide
Is GAD curable?
The good news is that Generalized Anxiety Disorder is treatable – and medications are not the only option. More and more people are incorporating Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) into their daily routines to effectively manage their GAD.
Both healthy moods and mood conditions such as GAD are controlled by the central nervous system. The billions of individual cells that comprise the nervous system communicate every sensation we experience by conducting electrochemical signals between your body and brain.
When this communication becomes disrupted, your body and brain are thrown out of balance. Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared treatment for anxiety that uses a pulsed, low-intensity electric current, transmitted through the earlobes or scalp, to restore balance to your nervous system.
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How can I get Alpha-Stim?
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Generalized Anxiety Disorder can make every day feel draining and exhausting. With Alpha-Stim, you can take control of your GAD and experience life without the burden of anxiety. Don’t let GAD prevent you from living life the way you want to; try Alpha-Stim today and let nothing stop you.
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