Generalised Anxiety Disorder 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 of the time and often struggle to remember the last time they felt truly relaxed. They are constantly affected by worried thinking, which can affect their daily routines, their work, their appetite and their sleep.
GAD can cause both psychological (mental) and physical symptoms. These vary from person to person, but can include:
- Dizziness & or heart palpitations
- Excessive worrying and obsessing
- Difficulty handling uncertainty
- Muscle tension
- Trembling or twitching
- Being easily startled
- Dry mouth
- Cold or hot sweats
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Anxiety which can at times lead to panic attacks
GAD can commonly also co-occur with other mental health disorders such as social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, (C)PTSD or depression.
GAD can be caused by genetics, by childhood trauma or loss or by an imbalance of serotonin and noradrenaline in the brain.
If you are affected by GAD, then please feel free to share your experience.
I am offering free initial consultations to anyone who is affected and is in need of support.
Love Athina ♥
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