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Break Free From Generalized
Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, clouds your world with worry, fear and anxiety. 

Unlike a phobia, which is connected to a specific type of fear, GAD is a sustaining fear fed by worry and negative thoughts.  

The good news is that you can break free from the chronic worry, and anxiety.


Information and Tips for Beating Generalized Anxiety DisorderGeneralized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, clouds your world with worry and anxiety. But you can break free of the fear.
Information and Tips for Beating Generalized Anxiety DisorderGeneralized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, clouds your world with worry and anxiety. But you can break free of the fear.

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What's the Difference Between
"Normal"  Worry and
Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

"Normal worrying"  usually last a for short while, and you're able to turn it off and go on with life.

But...

With GAD your worries, fears, and doubts go into overdrive. 

As a result, these persistent and overwhelming negative thoughts and emotions seeps into and clouds every aspect of your life.

Normal Worry

Doesn’t get in the way of your everyday activities.                 

You can "turn off" your worrying.

You don't let your worries stress you out.

You tend to only worry about a specific number of things.


Your bouts of worry lasts a short while.

GAD

 Worrying is fused into every aspect of your life.

Worrying is uncontrollable.

Worrying is extremely stressful.

You worry about just about everything under the sun, AND you always expect the worst.


You worry just about every day for six months. 


Signs & Symptoms of GAD

Generalized Anxiety Disorder has a host of signs and symptoms but doesn't effect every sufferer in the same way.

Still, most people with this anxiety disorder will experience a combination of behavioral, physical and emotional symptoms that vary in intensity.  This is especially true during stressful times.

Not sure if you or someone you love is suffering from GAD? 

Here are just a few things to watch out for.

Behavioral Symptoms

  • You find it hard to relax and enjoy quiet time by yourself

  • You find it hard to concentrate and focus on things
  • You're constantly overwhelmed
  • You stay clear of situations that make you anxious

Physical Symptoms

  • You always seem to have tight muscles and maybe some body aches 
  • Insomnia
  • You're always jumpy and restless
  • You have digestive issues that aren't limited to gas, nausea and diarrhea

Emotional Symptoms

  • Your worries seem to be intrusive and are usually about things that make you anxious. 
  • You just CAN’T stand uncertainty.  Meaning that you have to know what's going to happen in the future. Why? Knowing what will happen in the future makes you feel prepared.  And this makes you feel safe.
  • You always have this suffocating feeling of dread.

Dealing with GAD isn't easy, but there are effective ways to manage symptoms and turn off the endless chatter in your head. 

Here's how to do this.

Let Your Worries Melt Away

Stay with me now because I'm about to blow your mind.

Did you know that anxiety suffers are actually time travelers?  

Yes, that's right!

If you suffer specifically from generalized anxiety disorder, chances are that you are an expert time traveler. 

How is this possible?

In a word...Worry. 

Worry is the core symptom of generalized anxiety disorder and is used as a to prepare for and guard against future negative events. 

Still with me?

Good!

Now, come with me to the future time of "What If."

What if thinking is hugely popular among anxiety suffers.  Heck, this kind of thinking was my go-to coping skill for a very long time.

That is until I truly realized that I was wasting my time, draining precious energy and getting nowhere.

It wasn't until I started challenging those negative, irrational thoughts that my worry and "What If" thinking began to fizzle.



Additional Resources

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: When Worry Gets Out of Control – this is resource from the National Institute for Mental Health gives you even more info on GAD, including symptoms and treatment.

What? Me Worry!?! – This is a series of self-help modules by the Centre for Clinical Interventions specifically for GAD.

Page Updated on May 24, 2017


I hope this article helps you on your journey towards better mental health.

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