Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
What is GAD?
It’s a pattern of thinking characterized by excessive anxiety, fear and worry about a variety of daily events and daily situations. It’s called a disorder because the stress on the mind starts showing physical and emotional changes that can lead to severe emotional, behavioral or psychological disability over a period of time. It’s called a disorder when its present for more than 6 months.
What are the symptoms?
• At least 6 months of "excessive anxiety and worry" about a variety of events and situations.
• There is significant difficulty in controlling the anxiety and worry.
• It’s present for most days.
• 3 or more of the following are present:
1. Feeling tense, stressed or restless
2. complaints of easily tiring, fatigue or feeling worn-out.
3. Concentration problems or mind going blank
4. Very easily irritable
5. Tension in muscles- specially legs, back and neck.
6. Difficulty with sleep- mostly difficulty in falling asleep.
How to Treat it?
1. Treatment aims at reducing current stress levels, and protecting against any future stress.
2. Psychoanalysis- Analysis of stress factors from a emotional and psychological view point
3. Lifestyle Analysis- lifestyle is analyzed in-depth to find out minor modifications that can help reduce the stress significantly
4. Alternate Therapy- yoga, self-hypnosis, meditation is explored in practical possibilities to introduce positive changes.
5. New age, non-sedative, non-addictive short term medication for those want instant cures and who are not able to practice and follow the above mentioned techniques.