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What's it Like to Have GAD?


Having GAD is like being in a constant state of 'what if...?'

Anxiety is a survival instinct that helps to warn us of danger and protect us from getting hurt. It prepares us mentally and physically for the danger.

With generalized anxiety disorder we have increased, persistent anxiety (for seemingly no apparent reason) and so we live in a constant state of ... 'what is going to happen?'.

Physically:

This makes us feel 'on-edge' and 'jittery' for much of the time. We live in a state of increased tension and our senses, heart rate and blood pressure are higher than normal.

Over time this state of increased physiological arousal generally leads to fatigue, lethargy and feeling generally 'run down' which can result in constant colds, flus and illness. After a while, being in a state of constant tension often causes general body aches and pains.

Mentally:

Excessive anxiety results in constant worry ("we are so anxious... why? ... what's going to happen?") and we start to worry excessively about bad things that may happen.

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This worry could be about many things; bad things that may happen in the future or may happen because of something we have done in the past. A common worry revolves around the greatest fear that almost everyone has deep-down and that is the fear that something bad may happen to our loved ones.


  ›› What Causes GAD?

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