Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

If you struggle with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) you will have obsessive worry about all manner of things in your life and it will interfere with your daily functioning. You will typically anticipate disaster, and are overly concerned about everyday matters such as your health, financial concerns, death, family and or friendship problems as well as interpersonal and or work relationship.   You will often experience a variety of physical symptoms, including restlessness, fidgeting, fatigue, headaches, nauseanumbness or tingling in hands and feet, muscle tensionmuscle aches, difficulty swallowing, excessive stomach acid buildup, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bouts of breathing difficulty, difficulty concentrating, tremblingtwitching, irritability, agitation, sweating, insomniahot flashesrashes, and inability to fully control the anxiety (ICD-10).

Two types of worry are identified in understanding GAD.  Everyday worry that most of us will experience.  This is type 1 worry.  Type 2 worry is where you may convince yourself that if you dont worry something bad will happen.  This often characterised by worrying about worrying.  For example, in type 1 worry your partner is late home from work  driving from Sydney and you wonder where they may be.  In contrast with type 2 worry, you will initially wonder why they are late and then create a negative worry story about “what if” they have had a car accident and run off the road and no one knows that they are hurt, and if they are not found in the next 2 hours then ……….

As you can see this is very distressing and can be exhausting as this pattern requires huge amounts of energy and often impacts on people’s daily life, ability to cope as well as energy levels and sleep patterns.

In our initial assessment we can determine what your needs are and how we introduce the most appropriate treatment option for you.  So if you relate to many of the patterns identified above consider seeing your GP for a referral. GAD often works well with either a CBT or ACT approach.  For more information see Our Approach and if you feel that we can be of support give us a call and make an appointment. 

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