Signs Of Anxiety: Do You Suffer From Generalised Anxiety Disorder?

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Many “incurable worriers” actually suffer from a mental illness. This mental illness is recognised by psychologists and documented in various manuals, such as the American-favoured DSM-IV. This mental illness is called generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).

What is generalised anxiety disorder? It is a condition whose sufferers’ lives are beset by constant worry. Those who have GAD will uncontrollably worry about any number of seemingly mundane issues. They will worry about money; they will worry about their children’s morality; they will worry about whether or not it’s moral for vegans to keep carnivorous pets; and they will worry about whether or not God exists. Often, all of these worries cycle through their minds within one minute or less, only to be replaced by countless other worries. Sufferers of GAD are always afraid, and will find cause to fear anything that they contemplate. Indeed, GAD sufferers can demonstrate  surprising creativity in finding new subjects of worry.

Here are some symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder:

·        Excessive worry about mundane subjects
·        A tendency to imagine, and expect, the worst possible outcome in any situation
·        Jumpiness, and a constant sense of being on edge
·        Perking one’s ears up at every noise, expecting a killer
·        Headaches
·        A frequent need to empty the bladder
·        Inability to read or pay attention, because of constant fear
·        Insomnia
·        Feeling tired all the time
·        Tremors
·        Grouchiness

Generalised anxiety can be difficult to diagnose because everyone experience the signs of anxiety mentioned above at least some of the time. The difference between normal levels of anxiety and generalised anxiety disorder is one of degree, not of kind. A person who suffers from generalised anxiety disorder is worrying about something all or most of his or her waking hours.

A normal person might worry about stressful situations in his or her life. If a normal person is in danger of losing his or her job, for example, that person may be expected to spend a few–or more than a few–sleepless nights. However, a person with generalised anxiety disorder typically shows a lifelong tendency to spend much of his or her time worrying. That person may have trouble falling asleep regardless of his or her particular life circumstances. If there is nothing to worry about, a person with generalised anxiety disorder will find something to worry about.

Recurring physical symptoms are one indication that your worrying may be pathological. People with generalised anxiety disorder often suffer from physical reactions to lifelong stress, such as headaches and constant tiredness.

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