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Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Mar 15, 2008
Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive but unwarranted worries that a person cannot stop having. It may not seem like a serious problem to those that don't have the problem, but it's a serious concern for those that do. The symptoms are displayed over an unusually long period of time as opposed to a reasonable period of anxiety immediately leading up to or after a stressful event.

Those afflicted with it will not be able to set aside or suppress their worries even when they realize that the level of their anxiety is much higher than the situation usually warrants.

Anxiety symptoms are important for the diagnosis of the disorder as it helps to determine the underlying factor of the disorder. Once you manage to control anxiety and panic disorders they will be much less a threat to your social life.

Three of the behavioral symptoms associated with generalized anxiety disorder are:
* Inability to relax
* Easily distracted, cannot concentrate
* Startles easily, jumpy or on edge

The physical symptoms are:
* Muscle pain and tension
* Headaches
* Fatigue
* Irritability
* Sweats
* Hot flashes
* Shortness of breath
* Nausea
* Inability to swallow easily
* Tremors or twitches
* Lightheadedness
* Frequent urinating or bowel movement

People afflicted with mild generalized anxiety disorder or who are in its early changes have been known to be able to pursue careers to some success and even function socially. Some individuals may simply suppress their feelings, not even trying to avoid the situations that trigger them.

This is the reason why some cases are not diagnosed until the condition becomes so severe that the patient is no longer able to perform the most basic daily activities without triggering an attack.

In its advance stage, even the thought of having to go through a day can set off the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. It is, therefore, best for anyone who notices the above symptoms to seek professional advice at the soonest time possible.

Living with anxiety disorders is not always an easy under taking. When fears of panic attacks loom and symptoms are out of control, many find relief in anxiety medications. A combination of prescription medications and therapy can greatly help people overcome attacks and resume normal, everyday activities. Different forms of therapy are also quite commonly urged to help give people with anxiety disorder the tools they need to face life again. Cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, white noise, biofeedback, and hypnotherapy are also suggested as treatment.
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