Generalised anxiety disorder treatment
Once you have read the main information about how anxiety works you will discover that one of the most common anxieties or panic disorders is called Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
It is like a constant worry throughout the day that takes everyday normal things and exaggerates them out of all proportion. These topics are varied and often include fears about health, contamination, death, finances, relationships and work, however, it is common to develop issues that are seemingly random, such as, worrying about not being able to get to a bathroom quick enough or scary thoughts that you are going mad or are flawed in some way or somebody “knows” something about you. Either way, it all feels very real, confusing and scary.
This free-floating anxiety makes it feel like you are on edge throughout the day and your anxious feelings (or mini panic attacks) are always nearby. When discussing the symptoms of GAD we often use the metaphor of a car rev-counter, a person with no anxiety just ticks over at 700 rpm, not using much fuel and with little stress on the engine, whereas, a person suffering from GAD, their emotions will accelerate and race around from 1200 – 4000 rpm throughout the day as they respond to all of their fearful thoughts and anxiety-based responses, this leaves them feeling exhausted by the end of the day because it takes a lot of energy to be that anxious!
Our experience shows that generalised anxiety disorder GAD is one of the more serious anxiety conditions because the experiencer finds it harder to escape from the things that make them anxious because it could be anything or everything. In comparison, if situational anxiety, like flying, made a person nervous they could choose not to take a flight, so they at least have some way to avoid the panic.
Because the trigger for the generalised anxiety disorder is quite “general” the individual begins to make huge assumptions about people, places and events in their attempt to understand what is happening to them and to avoid the anxiety firing off. To do this they have to think and plan to excess and their minds are always running at 100 mph – looking, analysing, yet, never finding the answers. The voices in their minds are fast and scary “what if they are late? What if they can’t make it? What if something has happened to them? And stopping these voices is one of the biggest challenges the individual faces.
As the person falls deeper into the negative spiral of depressive feelings and scary emotions it becomes harder and harder to think clearly and to make decisions, because, if you think about it, our decisions are often made by how we “feel” about things, yet in this state, your feelings are out of control and fearful.
When these episodes of anxious behaviour take hold it is very common to also experience feelings of guilt which add to the overall emotional discomfort, you may feel guilty because others have to support you or walk on eggshells around you, you may feel guilty that you are not doing enough or achieving enough
Typical symptoms of GAD
The symptoms are too numerous to list here, however, here are some of the more frequently experienced ones.
- Worrying about everything and expecting the worse to happen
Generalised anxiety disorder GAD – this form of anxiousness is heavily driven by constant worrying that can be very distressing and upsetting, in addition, many of the worrisome thoughts tend to be of a catastrophic nature – expecting the worse things to happen and expecting negative outcomes. It is as if logic gets over-ridden by destructive and fearful thoughts, as this happens the need to try and control everything (and everyone) increases with the irrational logic that if I am in control I’ll be OK.
- Feeling emotionally exhausted and physically fatigued
Feeling tired and exhausted is always prevalent with this generalised anxiety disorder condition, the tiredness is called Adrenal Fatigue. Your energy is just zapped by the continual worrying and the chemicals in your body stressing your internal organs as they generate the frightening trademark emotions of anxiety. One thing to notice is that much of this tiredness comes from the depletion of your emotional energy (feelings of well-being) and this often leads to apathy and indecisiveness.
- Difficulty getting to sleep and feeling exhausted upon waking
In the majority of people experiencing generalized anxiety sleep does become disrupted and this may take many forms like; difficulty getting to sleep, awaking from time to time throughout the night or waking too early and being unable to get back to sleep. Even when the person does get some sleep they still awaken feeling terrible, as if, they had only had a few hours sleep, this is because during times of anxiety and depression the way we sleep and the depth of our slumber is modified, also we dream much more (although we don’t feel this) it seems to be natures way of helping to keep worrying through the night too! Hence, upon awakening, you may feel more tired than when you went to bed.
- Overwhelming physical responses from your body
You can read more about the symptoms of anxiety & panic attacks here, however, in general, the feelings you may experience include; difficulty breathing, a racing heart, feelings of detachment, uncontrollable crying, lethargy, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, headaches, shaking, unable to relax, unable to think clearly, aches and pains in your muscles and joints and feelings that something might be “seriously” wrong with you.
- Self-doubt, procrastination and an urge to stay at home
As the anxious condition continues many people think they are going mad or losing the plot and so, begin to doubt themselves and their abilities to cope or remain effective in their jobs, relationships and roles as parent, guardian, lover, spouse etc. This loss of self-esteem and confidence changes their behaviours and often they become indecisive, and tend to procrastinate and put things off, at the same time they may feel anxious when socialising or travelling – it is as if they think that they need to stay at home to be safe.
- Scary ruminations and destructive stories in your mind
For a few people the mind may play tricks with dark and frightening obsessive ruminations these can be very disturbing (and feel alarmingly real), they range from thoughts about harming other people, through to suicide, sexual acts, thoughts of running away or escaping, and even, thoughts that others may know something that you don’t or maybe trying to harm you. As real as they feel they are just ruminations, however, the urge to hook onto them and believe them is very enticing as they feel to be true.
Advice for generalised anxiety disorder
If you feel you are experiencing this form of anxiety you should always visit your doctor or physician and seek medical help. The next step is to help yourself through education and understanding to do everything you can to manage, then lessen and finally step out of the current anxious predicament you find yourself in. Taking control of your situation from a new perspective is paramount to your recovery.
Accept what can be accepted, Change what can be changed and Fight what needs to be fought
When you purchase the Calmness in Mind Generalised Anxiety Disorder Program, through a structured and logical process we teach you the what, why and how of gently taking control of your thoughts and emotions. In addition, we teach you how to step outside of the emotional reactions to the events of your life and from this new perspective you become more comfortable being out of control and not knowing what might happen next. We break down irrational fears, such as, “if I’m not in control something bad will happen…” and address unhelpful self-beliefs like; “well, this is only to be expected because I am a terrible parent….”
The journey takes the fear out of anxiety and awakens you to the realisation that anxiety is just the symptom and the problem is how an what you are doing with your life
- 1. Remove my fear
- At a very simplistic level, even during a bout of anxiety, our body is doing what it is designed to do, however, the strong emotions occur at the wrong time and at an erroneous intensity! If we were on a roller coaster we would want those feelings! Consequently, we learn to fear our emotions (or lack of control of them) and to fear what others may think of us because we are out of control. Ironically that’s why many anxious people are very controlling (although they can’t see it) it’s because everything seems out of control, so they attempt to control the small things and avoid the big things that truly need addressing.
Learning to accept fear and to lean into the generalised anxiety disorder with techniques that help you remain calm are key to moving out of anxiety, and subsequently, changing your whole life.
- 2. Quieten my mind
- Our body responds to what we hold in mind – and that’s just the end of it! – Calm thoughts calm feelings, sexy thoughts sexy feelings, anxious thoughts anxious feelings! You choose. Learning to control your thoughts, silence your mind and to not believe all the voices in your head is undoubtedly the number one way to stop anxiety. It’s not easy, in fact, it is hugely difficult, but, to not learn how to work more closely with your mind, or to just continue fighting with your mind is the definition of craziness, you won’t win.
The Calmness in Mind generalised anxiety disorder program teaches you how to quieten your mind, befriend the voices and make profound changes to your emotions from their source (your thoughts).
- 3. Who am I?
- One of the worse pieces of advice ever given is “treat people the way you’d like to be treated.” This is flawed on so many levels, we need to “treat people the way they would like to be treated” that just makes sense because we are all different, one size does not fit all. And if you treat them the way they want to be treated, it stands to reason that you should treat yourself the way that you want to be treated! However, most people don’t know who they are, worse still, they don’t believe they are good enough or worthy enough or funny enough – and many people struggle to love themselves.
This program teaches you how to realise who you really are underneath all of the learned behaviours, out of date self-beliefs and finally discover who you really are, then you can treat yourself the way you would like to be treated and that will feel great – it will liberate you from yourself!
- 4. What do I want?
This is the big question that many of us struggle to answer, most people know more about what they don’t want than what they do want! In some perverse unfriendly way, anxiety keeps you stuck in what you don’t want so it is fundamentally important to get more clarity on your future and to make that dream as compelling and desirable as possible.
We don’t like the term “goals” however, we do like people to have an intent, a direction in which they would like to proceed, this is one of the key parts of stepping out of anxiety and depression and should never be overlooked, even though it is such a difficult subject (especially when you are feeling low).
The program teaches you ways to look at the future that allows you to begin to dream a new dream and helps you get more awareness of what you want and how to get it. Whoever said “There are no guarantees in life, just opportunities” they had the right idea, there is nothing more powerful than a person with a vision.
- 5. No more excuses
- People with generalised anxiety disorder just make up the best excuses “I want to, but I can’t because……..” (I’m not trying to mock you) it’s just the way it is, you are stuck.
So, if you were more comfortable with fear, if you stopped the voices in your mind saying “you better be careful” or even added new voices saying “wow, that would be great” and if you had more self-esteem and were treating yourself well and if you had a plan of what you wanted (or at very least knew exactly what you didn’t want anymore) then there would be no need for excuses – Desire would propel you forward rather than fear holding you back!
So then, that’s what this generalised anxiety disorder program aims to do, it’s not easy, you have to want it and you have to do it, this program helps you to fix yourself…….. And I expect that, feeling the way you do right now, you may be thinking – “Of course, that all makes sense but I………… (Well, that’s an excuse!) This is sensible help for intelligent people, it’s up to you.
We are not victims of anxiety, we unknowingly create it, anxiety unconsciously stops us from having to face up to life by hijacking us emotionally and our ego looks for stories that cover up our feeling silly. It is now time to knowingly and intelligently create a new life. Stop asking yourself why? Start asking yourself How?
Hours of mp3 recordings and anxiety workbooks that help you to understand and overcome anxious emotions and self-sabotaging behaviours.