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Generalised Anxiety Disorder

We all experience anxiety at some point in our lives. However, some people suffer with regular bouts of anxiety and they continually focus on negative things which makes them worry even more. Sufferers of generalised anxiety disorder experience excessive anxiety which impacts on their daily life.

What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder?

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a mental health condition that causes people to feel anxious on a regular basis. People with GAD feel anxious about a wide range of issues and events, even things that would not concern the majority of people.

An anxiety attack usually consists of feelings of worry, fear, panic and terror and they can lead to a panic attack. A panic attack involves palpitations, trembling, shortness of breath and sweating — but they usually last a matter of minutes. There are a variety of situations that can increase anxiety and if the feelings of anxiety worsen it is advisable to seek professional help.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

Symptoms of GAD include:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability
  • A feeling of dread
  • Muscle tenseness
  • Inability to relax
  • Trembling and shaking
  • Worrying constantly
  • Poor memory
  • Lack of concentration

A certain level of anxiety is normal, but when it takes over your life you need to seek medical help. Your GP may recommend CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) or they may prescribe medication to control the feelings of anxiousness.

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Generalised Anxiety Disorder

A lesson plan examining anxiety including Generalised Anxiety Disorder — a more extreme form of anxiety.

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