Generalized Anxiety Disorder: By Adrianna Mackenzie

Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD): characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry.

-How many people are affected by this mental illness?

    About 4 million Americans have GAD. This disorder commonly begins in adolescence, and more often occurs in females.

-How can someone tell if they have this mental illness?

    There are many physical symptoms of GAD. These include restlessness, irritability, sweating, nausea, and trouble falling/staying asleep. In addition to these symptoms, people with GAD may also have other mental illnesses, like depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders

-What treatments exist to treat this mental illness?

  • Medication- Drugs may be given to people to help them with GAD both in the short term (Xanax, Librium, Valium, etc. all decrease the physical symptoms of anxiety), and long term (antidepressants)
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy- This is a very common treatment for people with GAD. Therapy will help them learn to recognize and cope anxiety, and approach anxious feelings realistically.

-How can people get help for the treatment of this mental illness?

  If you think you may have GAD, the first step you should take is to visit your family doctor. They will determine whether or not you have GAD. If you are diagnosed, then you should find a mental health expert, specifically someone with knowledge of Cognitive-behavioral therapy.

-What resources are available to help gain knowledge about this mental illness?

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