When we face a challenging situation it is pretty normal to feel anxious. But when the feeling of anxiety becomes part of everyday life and starts to interfere with a person’s ability to maintain the normal life, anxiety becomes a disorder. The feeling of worries or fear becomes so constant that you get to handle the stress in your mind and body almost round the clock.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the term that is used to describe the state of mind when a person is feeling constantly under pressure even when there is nothing to create stress. The sufferer becomes vulnerable to mental, physical and behavioral disturbances. In most of the cases of generalized anxiety disorder, the sufferer is not able to understand that the stressful situation which he or she is giving immense importance on a regular basis actually does not exist. This disorder is not like any phobia where the person is afraid of a particular thing. Instead, it is the general dreadful feeling that stains the entire life of a person. General anxiety disorder disrupts a person’s professional life and is characterized by uncontrollable worrying of upsetting nature.
The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder have three different aspects. The first one is the Emotion.
- Constant flow of worries keeps running in the mind
- The feeling of not being able to control the anxiety and there is actually nothing you can do about it
- You have intrusive thoughts about certain things but at the same time cannot keep those thoughts away from your mind
- Being unable to tolerate anything that is not certain
- Extreme apprehension
The second group of symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder includes the Effects which are felt in one’s body. Anxiety is known to affect the functions of our body and thus, it is pretty obvious that the symptoms can be identified in the working of the human body.
- Extremely tensed feelings giving rise to tensed and tightened muscles as well as pain all over the body
- Feeling restless and thus, increase in heart rate and blood pressure
- Digestion troubles, highlighted by stomach upset, diarrhoea and nausea
- Sleeping disorder as the body is not able to stay asleep
The Behavioral Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder are closely linked to both the physical and mental aspects. When we are not comfortable in mind or body (or both), it is obvious that the uneasiness will get reflected in one’s behavior. The following are the behavioral symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder:
- The person is not able to relax or enjoy the feeling of calmness
- Concentration on any particular thing becomes difficult and rather impossible.
- They start to avoid the situation which is most likely to put them under stress
- Putting things off (even the necessary ones) just because the mere thought of such situations make them feel overwhelmed
The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder vary from person to person. They can be from any one group or a mixture of two or all groups. The most common forms of generalized anxiety disorder are the combination of all the symptom groups.