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Most people feel anxious or nervous from time to time, especially when under extra pressure. For example, it is normal to feel nervous before speaking in front of a crowd or when waiting to sit an exam. Moderate anxiety in these situations can help us perform better. However, some people experience anxiety more frequently and intensely in a wide range of situations. This is called Generalised Anxiety.
What are the signs and symptoms of Generalised Anxiety?
- Generalised Anxiety is driven by excessive worry about a range of things. For example, someone with generalised anxiety may worry about upcoming events, social situations, travelling, relationships, health issues, study or work, etc.
- Worry can feel uncontrollable. That is, you might want to have a break from worry, but no matter how hard you try to distract yourself or ignore your thoughts, they keep bothering you.
- Worry occurs frequently and feels quite intense at times. You may even realise that your thoughts are irrational, but continue to feel consumed by them.
How does Generalised Anxiety affect me?
- Sometimes the worry can become so intense and uncomfortable, that you may find you seek reassurance from others.
- You may also take extra precautions, to avoid situations from arising or to avoid situations all together. This includes procrastinating and putting off doing things, like housework, study or work-related activities. You may also plan ahead and problem-solve how you are going to handle a worried situation. For example, you might prepare for a potential confrontation with a friend or colleague.
- Generalised anxiety can affect your sleep. Sometimes you may sleep during the day, to avoid the experience of anxiety or you may find it difficult to fall asleep at night, due to constant rumination. This can leave you feeling exhausted and fatigued.
- Your ability to concentrate may be affected. For example, you may struggle to focus on study or work. This can also mean you struggle to be ‘in the moment’, taking away from your ability to have fun.
- Generalised anxiety also affects your mood, making you feel on edge and/or irritable. In more severe Generalised Anxiety, you may also experience depression.
How can I treat my Generalised Anxiety?
There are several well-researched treatments that are effective in treating Generalised Anxiety, including: Cognitive-behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Self-Help, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and medication.
How can Peaceful Mind Psychology help?
We are experienced and trained in treating psychological difficulties like Generalised Anxiety. If you are experiencing Generalised Anxiety and would like some professional assistance contact us at Peaceful Mind Psychology.