In this post we will look at how you can overcome your General Anxiety Disorder. Before we begin let’s look at what we mean by General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD can be defined as:
‘An ongoing state of mental/ or physical tension and nervousness, either without a specific cause or without the ability to take a break from the anxiety’ (Source: Calmclinic, 2013)
Some of the stats regarding GAD are listed below:
1) GAD affects about 1 in 20 adults in Britain. Slightly more women are affected than men, and the condition is most common in people in their 20s.(http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Anxiety/Pages/Introduction.aspx)
2) GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population.
Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
I can remember when I worked with Anxiety UK doing phone support having more women call the helpline than men did. Very often it would be GAD and in some ways I found the easiest way to remedy the situation was to use techniques that were fast, effective and did the job well.
In order to overcome GAD we need to establish what triggers your anxiety. Is it a person, a place, a certain group of people or is it a specific situation. I often find the more specific you can be the better it the chances are of moving past the anxiety.
Once you have established the cause you then need to devise a way in which you are going to tackle it. Are you going to seek professional help, are you going to seek advice from a trusted friend. What is it you decide to do?
There are some great resources out there for Anxiety related help. Why not consider visiting http://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/about-anxiety/anxiety-disorders/generalised-anxiety-disorder-gad/ for a great article on how you can get support for your anxiety. Remember there is always a way.
For a complete technique on how I choose to deal with anxiety related issues with my private clientele you might like to read the next blog post entitled ‘Dealing With Anxiety My Way’.