Being anxious is a useful and normal response to the challenges and dangers of life. Generalized anxiety disorder is more serious, but it can be treated. Here’s what you need to know.
1.5 million Canadians, occasional bouts of anxiety turn into days, weeks and months of anxiety. This is called generalized anxiety disorder.
Quick Introduction to Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Over the millennia, the human body has been conditioned to respond quickly to threats with fear and anxiety.
- This reaction, called “fight-or-flight response” allows the body to go beyond, to be smarter or beat any opponent in sight.
In fact, when you are moderately anxious, your ability to do all this is greatly improved. This is why so many people think they are more efficient when they are under stress.
- When you suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, your body can not turn off this response when the threat is gone.
- Instead, it treats daily life events as dangers.
- Just think of a bill that will happen and your heart races.
- You sweat and you are very nervous about entering a room full of strangers.
- And sometimes your feelings of anxiety are just free floating, without apparent cause.
- Your brain profile begins to resemble that of a person living in a war zone, with chemicals called neurotransmitters and a compound called gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA) all out of whack.
- Anxiety access amiss can last from minutes to years.
Recognizing the Symptoms
Conventional generalized anxiety symptoms are persistent bad feelings and unwanted thoughts, chest pain, an inability to concentrate properly, irritability, tremors, dry mouth and hot flashes or chills.
- Studies on twins have shown that in a third of cases, generalized anxiety disorder has genetic causes. If one of your parents suffers, you are also more likely to develop symptoms.
- The rest of the time, generalized anxiety disorder stems from learned behaviors. In general, it begins to appear between 20 and 35 years.
Healthy ways to treat generalized anxiety disorder
- Consult a therapist to find the root of the problem.
- Fast-acting medication to calm down until the antidepressants act.
- Lifestyle changes, meditation to diet and exercise, can help you cope with your anxiety on a daily basis.
Take control of generalized anxiety
Breathe deeply. Sitting or lying down with a back pillow.
- Breathe slowly and deeply so that your stomach pops out.
- Say the word “relax” to you just before expiring.
- Exhale slowly, letting your stomach go.
- Repeat until you are calm.
You will overcome. Keep this thought in mind.
- For most people, generalized anxiety disorder can be cracked in a few months with proper treatment.
Pay attention to your overall health. Many people with an anxiety disorder can develop depression can be treated effectively.
- Chronic anxiety has also been linked to high blood pressure and increased risk of heart attacks.
- Make a full check to be certain you are that your treatment is suitable.
Find local support
Look online to find your provincial support group anxiety.
Do not let anxiety overwhelm you. Take generalized anxiety disorder control by following this guide and seeking local support that can provide effective treatment.
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