Generalised Anxiety Disorder

GAD is a common disorder. The most significant feature is excessive uncontrollable worry. This can begin slowly or come as a direct result of and event; However it is typical to feel anxious when there appears to be no apparent cause. The body’s alert system goes into overdrive, day to day life can become so difficult that avoidance becomes a typical response. This can lead to giving up events, journeys and hobbies that are important. Lack of understanding of symptoms and feelings experienced can lead to more loneliness and isolation.

Common symptoms

  • Persistent worrying about situations that are out of proportion to the impact of the events
  • Continually imagining the worst-case outcomes
  • Perceiving everyday situations and events as threatening
  • Difficulty handling uncertainty
  • Fear of making the wrong decision
  • Inability let go of a worry
  • Inability to relax
  • Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind “goes blank”

Counselling can help you to manage the worry by

  • Helping you understand what lies behind the triggers to anxiety
  • Manage your symptoms
  • Learn how to put down your worries aside
  • Increase your confidence to help you feel more comfortable making decisions and dealing with people