Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can only be diagnosed by a medical or mental health professional. While everyone worries from time-to-time, people with an anxiety disorder tend to worry constantly about everyday problems. They are often tense and worry excessively. Many are unable to identify exactly what is bothering them, but complain that they feel nervous most of the time about everything. Nearly 7 million adults suffer from GAD. The illness often develops slowly over time, so that the person doesn’t recognize the problem until the symptoms become unbearable. Increasingly, scientists believe that there are genetic underpinnings to the disorder. It is important to understand that GAD is a treatable illness that responds well to professional intervention, including psychotherapy. Depending on the person’s unique situation, some find medication therapy helpful, especially when combined with psychotherapy. Professional therapists assist individuals with GAD in learning techniques to better manage their illness, so that they can feel more relaxed, healthy and happy.
Symptoms of GAD
Symptoms of GAD involve excessive worrying that lasts for at least six months, and include:
- Feeling nervous, on edge, restless
- Poor concentration
- Problems sleeping
- Muscle tension
If you or someone you know has a problem with anxiety, help is available. Call the Bricklayers’ Member Assistance Program (MAP) to confidentially speak to a licensed mental health professional. Call toll-free at 1-888-880-8222