Generalized Anxiety Disorder

There are a wide variety of Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms. GAD is normally diagnosed if you display these symptoms for at least 6 months. If you have GAD, it's not just your usual, everyday stress. It's very excessive worrying. Notice the various symptoms listed below.

Here are some of the symptoms that may be going on in your mind:

* Excessive worrying at least 50% of the time, and you have difficulty controlling it.

* Restlessness, feeling wound-up or on edge

* Chronic, intense worry and tension over everyday problems such as work, school, money, health, or family problems.

* You just feel like you can't relax, feel like you are always anticipating disaster

* Startled easily, irritability

* Obsessive, racing "what if" thoughts

* Problems concentrating, anxiety is interfering with your daily life

* Derealization (feeling detached from reality, life is going on around you, but you feel separated from it)

Here are some of the physical symptoms of anxiety:

* Muscle tension or twitching, trembling

* Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or restless and unsatisfying sleep

* Mild heart palpitations, dizziness, being easily tired

* Numbness or tingling in skin or hands

* Sweating, hot or cold chills

* Feeling lightheaded or out of breath

* Headaches, nausea or diarrhea

* Feeling like you have a lump in your throat or have difficulty swallowing

* Back pain or stiffness

* Blushing, flushed face or skin

* Body jolts or zaps, electric jolt feeling in your body

* Burning, itchy or crawly skin sensations

* Excessive adrenaline, can't relax

* Sexual disfunction, disinterest

* Feeling like you have to remind yourself to breathe or feeling smothered

GAD can be accompanied by any of the other anxiety disorders. It is not uncommon for those with GAD to also have anxiety attacks, for example.

The above list is just designed to give you an idea of some of the common Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms . You may have all of them and more, or you may have most of them. Only a doctor can diagnose GAD. But, I do hope this list helps you find what you are looking for.

Having Generalized Anxiety Disorder is difficult but it's not the end of the world. You CAN learn to control your anxiety. Please feel free to browse this site, and I sincerely hope you will find practical suggestions that will work for you.

Check out the "My Advice" section for some suggestions.

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