What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
If you have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) you may worry about the same things that other people do: health issues, money, family problems, or difficulties at work. But you take these worries to a new level. A co-worker’s careless comment about the economy becomes a vision of an imminent job loss, a phone call to a friend that isn’t immediately returned becomes anxiety that the relationship is in trouble. A news story about a global out break of some new pandemic has you needlessly already preparing contingency plans. Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day produces anxiety. You go about your activities filled with exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke them.
Whether you realize that your anxiety is more intense than the situation calls for or believe that your worrying protects you in some way, the end result is the same. You can’t turn off your anxious thoughts. They keep running through your head, on endless repeat.
Signs and symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) fluctuate. You may notice better and worse times of the day, or better and worse days in general. And while stress doesn’t cause generalized anxiety disorder, it can make the symptoms worse.
Not everyone with generalized anxiety disorder has the same symptoms. But most people with GAD experience a combination of a number of the following emotional, behavioral, and physical symptoms.
Emotional symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
* Constant worries running through your head
* Feeling like your anxiety is uncontrollable; there is nothing you can do to stop the worrying
* Intrusive thoughts about things that make you anxious; you cant avoid thinking about them
* An inability to tolerate uncertainty; you need to know what’s going to happen in the future
* A constant feeling something bad is about to happen, or feelings of pending doom, or death, or disease.
Behavioral symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
* Inability to relax, enjoy quiet time, or be by yourself
* Difficulty concentrating or focusing on things
* Putting things off because you feel overwhelmed
* Avoiding situations that make you anxious
Physical symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
* Feeling tense; having muscle tightness or body aches
* Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep because your mind won’t quit
* Feeling edgy, restless, excess energy , or jumpy
* Stomach problems, nausea, diarrhea
* Body Shakes, tremors, or twitches
* Chest Pains or Chest tightness
* Feeling you cant swallow properly, or something will get caught in your throat
* A constant need to Belch
* I.B.S. (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
* Chronic fatigue/exhaustion
* Heart Palpitations
* Increased/Decreased sex drive
So if any of the above symptoms seem familiar to you, then yes maybe you do suffer from anxiety.
But the great news is that you don’t have to………….
Hypnosis is the perfect analytical tool to figure out first and foremost, where these negative thought patterns have come from. This involves a psychotherapy approach done under Hypnosis to examine your past.
Once we have discovered the triggering events, Hypnosis can be used to examine and retrain these negative thought habits, because that’s what they are. Negative habits built up over a life time, and then client and therapist work side by side to create new positive, happy, confident and optimistic thought habits.
So if you would like to know more, or you have reached that point in your life when you are ready to make positive changes, call us today to make an appointment.