Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common anxiety disorder that involves chronic worrying, nervousness, and tension.
Unlike a phobia, where your fear is connected to a specific thing or situation, the anxiety of generalized anxiety disorder is diffuse—a general feeling of dread or unease that colors your whole life. This anxiety is less intense than a panic attack, but much longer lasting, making normal life difficult and relaxation impossible.
If you have GAD you may worry about the same things that other people do: health issues, money, family problems, or difficulties at work. But you take these worries to a new level.
Whether you realize that your anxiety is more intense than the situation calls for or believe that your worrying protects you in some way, the end result is the same. You can’t turn off your anxious thoughts. They keep running through your head, on endless repeat.
“I can’t get my mind to stop… it’s driving me crazy!”
“He’s late—he was supposed to be here 20 minutes ago! Oh my God, he must have been in an accident!”
“I can’t sleep—I just feel such dread… and I don’t know why!”
New medication being studied may offer relief from this cycle of anxiety. Contact us today for more information.