Generalized Anxiety Disorder is an illness that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by chronic and excessive feelings of nervousness or stress which seem to arise without cause. In fact, one of the symptoms of this illness is an experience sometimes referred to as floating anxiety – a feeling of stress or tension that has no cause or trigger. It’s important to point out that those with this illness experience excessive feelings of anxiety. It’s normal to feel stress or anxious before taking an exam or before giving a presentation at work. However, those with this illness feel anxiety for much of their day, often for no reason, and the anxiety tends to be extreme and uncontrollable.
These symptoms can impair one’s ability to function in life. It can affect one’s work performance and relationships. A person with this illness tends to experience a level of anxiety that is severe and chronic, making it overwhelming and debilitating. When a person experiences this level of anxiety for at least six months, he or she qualifies for a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Symptoms may vary from person to person. However, typically those who experience this illness may experience the following:
- Frequently distracted
- Inability to concentrate for an extended period of time
- Inability to relax
- Inability to be calm around others
- Inability to think calmly
- Stomach aches
- Muscle tension
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Treatment for anxiety should begin as soon as possible. Medication can ease one’s mind and facilitate better function in life. Therefore, anyone experiencing the symptoms described above should contact a mental health professional who can facilitate an assessment of the illness. If it is determined that there is enough evidence to make a diagnosis, then typically treatment will include treatment, therapy and medication.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment
It’s important to have a level of structure and programming for someone with General Anxiety Disorder that includes coaching, mindfulness meditation, psychotherapy and group therapy.Those with General Anxiety Disorder will benefit from all of these treatments under one roof at Vantage Point Recovery. Our IOP program aims to provide a part-time yet intensive schedule that accommodates an individual’s responsibilities while addressing Generalized Anxiety Disorder treatment.
This form of therapy can be extremely helpful in that it provides a person with some relief immediately. Therefore, there can be improvement in a relatively short amount of time. The therapist or psychologist can help a person identify thought patterns that might be triggering anxiety. Also, the therapist can facilitate insightful awareness of those thought patterns so that new and healthier thoughts can be used instead. A therapist might also teach various relaxation techniques, such as meditation, breathing exercises, and guided imagery. These practices can help slow a person’s thoughts and create more and more feelings of relaxation. With enough practice, a person might learn to relax, both mentally and physically, more frequently throughout the day. A therapist can also help a person utilize exercise and diet, which can also contribute to calming the mind.
There are several different types of anti-anxiety medication. One will be prescribed, depending upon the specific needs of a person. Typically, this type of medication can provide relief from the debilitating anxiety that can get in the way of functioning in one’s life. Because medication only addresses the symptoms, it is always best to work with a therapist alongside taking medication. In this way, the underlying causes of the disorder can be addressed. In fact, research indicates that the best treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the combination of medication and psychotherapy.
If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms described above, contact a mental health provider for assistance.
For more information on Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment at Vantage Point Recovery please contact us 7 days a week at (805) 777-7595.