Generalized Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorders

What are Generalized Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety Disorders span a wide range of difficulties including Panic Disorders, Phobias, Agoraphobia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and includes Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Generalized Anxiety Disorder describes a condition that includes persistent worrying that results in significant distress and can begin in childhood or occur for the first time as an adult.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorders

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorders include persistent and excessive worrying that can focus on ‘real’ events as performance, achievement at work, school and social relationships or anticipated events as illness, loss or natural disasters. It can lead to poor concentration, irritability and depression, low self esteem, poor sleep and somatic i.e. body discomfort including head aches, stomach upset, muscle aches, tremulousness, elevated heart rate.

Treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorders

Treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorders typically involve a combination of cognitive behavioral strategies as well as insight oriented to gain clarification on the potential source and extent of symptoms and the impact on current relationships and activities. For teenagers and younger children, family participation is often critical to achieving a positive response to the recommended treatment.