Understanding Generalised Anxiety Disorder

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Generalised anxiety disorder - sometimes shortened to GAD - is a condition characterised by excessive, persistent and unreasonable amounts of anxiety and worry regarding everyday things.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) causes excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry about events or activities. Worry often interferes with daily functioning, and sufferers are often overly concerned about everyday matters such as health, finances, death, family, relationship concerns, or work difficulties.

Symptoms may include:

– perceiving situations as more threatening than they are
– difficulty in letting go of worries
– difficulty concentrating
– difficulty sleeping
– difficulty with uncertain situations
– irritability, nervousness, overthinking, and difficulty relaxing
– fatigue and exhaustion
– muscle tension
– repeated stomachaches, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal issues
– sweaty palms
– feeling shaky or weak
– rapid heartbeat
– dry mouth
– being easily startled
– neurological symptoms, such as numbness or tingling in different parts of the body

If you feel you may be experiencing symptoms of this condition and it is adversely affecting your day-to-day life, please contact your GP. Treatment options vary, from guided self help, to medication or referral to a specialist.

If you are not ready to talk to your GP, PLEASE talk to someone. GAD is a debilitating condition that can make individuals feel extremely isolated and cause each day to be more difficult than it should be. Listening Ear Caithness is a confidential listening service for anyone at any time, please get in touch with them – details can be found here: