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What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

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What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Chances are good that you either know someone with an anxiety disorder or you have one yourself. In the U.S. alone, more than 40 million adults currently have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or a related anxiety condition. Furthermore, nearly one out of every three people will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. If anxiety has been interfering with your or a loved one's life, it's important to seek available treatment.

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder can cause a variety of different symptoms in individuals. The core symptom of GAD, is a feeling of pervasive worry or fear. People with GAD may experience any of the following symptoms, as well as others:

  • Perpetually feeling as if something is going to go wrong
  • Struggling to make decisions
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches

How Generalized Anxiety Disorder Is Treated

Generalized anxiety disorder can be treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of both. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one popular option, and it's often a good first solution to try for people who haven't sought treatment for their anxiety before. Some people often benefit from medication as well, particularly those with co-occurring disorders. Talk to a medical professional at MidValley Healthcare to find out what type of treatment is best for you.

Preventing GAD

Generalized anxiety disorder is often a progressive disease, and if you catch it early, you can prevent it from getting any worse. Don't wait if anxiety is becoming a problem in your life or a loved one's life. Contact MidValley Healthcare right away to find a treatment that will help. We have a team of licensed professionals to work with you on an individual basis to achieve a happier healthier life.

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