What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a condition that contributes feelings of unease to a person. They may feel fine one minute and the next, be completely worried and anxious about a certain issue, person or event. Anxiety can affect anybody, so it is common, although varies from person to person. Some may have anxiety for a day over worrying about a new job, however some have anxiety for life and this could be diagnosed as GAD. GAD stands for a generalized anxiety disorder and can be diagnosed by your doctor.
Why Does Anxiety Affect Me?
You may be wondering why your anxiety isn’t predictable? Well, the truth of the matter is because anxiety does not affect everybody in the same way and everyone is different after all and has different lives, needs and worries. Anxiety can affect you if you are worried over a certain topic, say for instance you are just starting college, you may become extremely anxious and not want to go. Some struggle with anxiety and there life is controlled by it, however some are not struggling so badly and find solutions and support mechanisms to help.
Is Having Anxiety With Depression Common?
Having anxiety and depression is very common, many depression sufferers feel anxious and panicked when approaching people who may not be in their usual comfort zone/areas. It can be very hard making new friendships and trusting people whilst having depression and anxiety can contribute towards further worrying, annoyance and lack of concentration, which could be hard in a friendship.
Anxiety can make you feel ever so restless and unable to relax at all. Similar to depression, you can get very restless quickly.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (G.A.D)
Unlike just feeling anxious on selected occasions, GAD affects a person for a long-term time. This long-term condition causes the person experiencing generalised anxiety disorder to feel anxious about a range of issues ranging from any areas in their life and the areas that may not worry anybody else, who isn’t experiencing GAD. Those with GAD may feel extremely anxious most days and feel mentally and physically tired and at unease. Sleeping is a big problem as people with this type of anxiety are often kept awake by their thoughts and worries.
The Symptoms of G.A.D
Like depression, generalised anxiety disorder is likely to affect those experiencing it both mentally and physically. Depending on what symptoms the person is experiencing, some may have one symptom whereas other sufferers could have all of them. Symptoms of GAD include:
Irritability, Restlessness, Concentration Difficulties, Feeling on Edge, Muscle Aches and Pains, Sickness, Shortness of Breath, Tight Palpations, Dry Mouth, Insomnia (difficulty sleeping), Headaches and Sweating.
Depending on your symptoms, you may experience some of these.
Help For GAD
As all of the symptoms vary from person to person with GAD, as do the treatments/support available. These support options range from CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Applied Relaxtion to medication. In some cases, you may even be referred to a specialist for extra support, understanding and guidance.