Physical symptoms of GAD
GAD can also have a number of physical symptoms, including:
Symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) can affect you both physically and mentally.
How severe the symptoms are varies from person to person. Some people have only one or two symptoms, while others have many more.
GAD can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in symptoms such as:
Feeling constantly "on edge"
Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from social contact (seeing your family and friends) to avoid feelings of worry and dread.
You may also find going to work difficult and stressful, and may take time off sick. These actions can make you worry even more about yourself and increase your lack of self-esteem.
A noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
Muscle aches and tension
Difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia
If you're anxious because of a specific phobia or because of panic disorder, you'll usually know what the cause is.
For example, if you have claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces), you know that being confined in a small space will trigger your anxiety.
However, if you have GAD, it may not always be clear what you're feeling anxious about. Not knowing what triggers your anxiety can intensify it and you may start to worry that there's no solution.
GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event.
People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterised by chronic worry about all sorts of life problems and circumstances. It will differ from normal worrying through the intensity, frequency and perceived uncontrollability of the worry thoughts.
The core symptom of GAD is chronic worrying. It’s important to understand what worrying is, since the beliefs you hold about worrying play a huge role in triggering and maintaining GAD.
When you're worrying, you're talking to yourself about things you're afraid of or negative events that might happen. You run over the feared situation in your mind and think about all the ways you might deal with it. In essence, you're trying to solve problems that haven't happened yet, or worse, simply obsessing on worst-case scenarios.
All this worrying may give you the impression that you're protecting yourself by preparing for the worst or avoiding bad situations. But more often than not, worrying is unproductive; sapping your mental and emotional energy without resulting in any concrete problem-solving strategies or actions.
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If you suffer with generalised anxiety and would like to contact me, I would be delighted to discuss how I can help you and to explore the issues you want to work with. You can contact me anytime on 07584 492254.
As an experienced and professional therapist using skills of counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness, I combine these various therapeutic approaches and at the same time utilising your resources to work in the most efficient way possible.
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This will help to diminish the unwanted symptoms you experience. I can help you establish highly effective and successful strategies that you are able to use easily, to be free from the negative ways you currently respond to your thoughts, feelings and emotions.
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We use 3 therapies to create effective relief from generalised anxiety. These are counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness approaches.
How does CBT for generalised anxiety work?
Our CBT sessions for generalised anxiety disorder work to identify and challenge worries, fears and any negative thinking patterns of behaviour which exasperate the feelings of anxiety you experience. By becoming aware of these thoughts, you are in a better position to manage how you respond to the feelings of anxiety.
Mindfulness to manage the feelings associated with generalised anxiety disorder
Our mindfulness sessions to work on managing the symptoms of generalised anxiety work very effectively when combined with CBT. Our experience shows that people struggle with the feelings that anxiety produces including secondary symptoms of panic, fears, alcohol misuse, anger and insomnia to name a few.
We work on helping people to stop hiding behind the symptoms of anxiety. Mindfulness works by helping the anxiety sufferer to create a relaxed and settled frame of mind. We teach people how to 'front' the symptoms rather than running away from them. With continued exposure practice, sufferers of generalised anxiety disorder learn to manage the feelings they experience in a more positive way
Generalised anxiety disorder is completely treatable. Our approach to therapy will help you manage the triggers and symptoms of your feelings of anxiety in achievable steps. With each successful step, you will develop the confidence to move forward.
Step by step you will be helped to create building blocks so rather than running on your GAD autopilot, you will be better placed to recognise the anxiety feelings earlier and choose your response to them.
Our counselling sessions for generalised anxiety. The early stages of counselling for generalised anxiety aims to help you talk about the anxiety you experience. This stage will help you to make sense of the feelings you experience. Although in many cases there aren't specific triggers to generalised anxiety, you will be helped to identify where and how these feelings of anxiety surface.