We all worry or become anxious at times. This is completely normal and serves several functions including to keep us safe and to help motivate us to perform at our best. However if a person finds themselves constantly feeling symptoms of anxiety, to the point whereby it is impacting negatively on their overall functioning and how they live their day-to-day lives, they may be experiencing Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD for short.
GAD is a psychological disorder that is characterised by a number of physical, behavioural, cognitive and emotional symptoms. GAD is a very treatable illness and can be treated either through medication as prescribed by a doctor or through psychotherapy. Often a combination of both works well. There are also a number of things that you can do independently to tackle symptoms of GAD.
This Dealing with Generalized Anxiety Disorder handout contains some helpful information including:
- What is GAD and what does it look like?
- Do I have GAD? – A checklist for seeking help
- How is GAD treated?
- Some self-help skills for treating GADMs. Niamh Allen, M.A. B.Sc.
- If you suspect that you are someone that you know is experiencing symptoms of GAD, please consult with you doctor or a medical professional.