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Anxiety & Stress

Anxiety disorder is a blanket term given to a group of mental conditions where a person’s life is disrupted by persistent, excessive, and unreasonable fears, worries or anxiety.

Anxiety disorder categories include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder; panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobic disorders.  

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Is where a person’s tolerance to the stress of life becomes burdened to the point where they cannot cope adequately and start to show symptoms of dysfunction.

 

The condition is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry of everyday things such as health issues, money, death, family problems, friend problems, relationship problems or work difficulties.

 

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Sufferers of GAD exhibit a variety of symptoms including:

  • fatigue

  • fidgeting

  • headaches

  • nausea

  • numbness in hands and feet

  • muscle tension

  • muscle aches

  • difficulty swallowing

  • bouts of difficulty breathing

  • difficulty concentrating

  • trembling

  • twitching

  • irritability

  • agitation

  • sweating

  • restlessness

  • insomnia

  • hot flashes

  • rashes

The preferred treatments for anxiety disorder are a combination of SSRI medication and CBT talking therapy. This combination is designed to compensate for any impaired functioning in reasoning and response processes, giving the sufferer space and time to “relearn” appropriate responses to normally stressful situations. It has been demonstrated that a course of CBT is more successful in managing the disorder than long-term use of medication. It is therefore possible to undertake a
short (6 months) course of SSRI therapy combined with CBT. The skills learned in CBT will enable a sufferer to manage his or her anxiety if and when it occurs in
response to everyday stressors.