Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is the feeling of being anxious about almost everything and anything. Often, people affected by GAD will feel overly worried about a wide range of things relating to a variety of topics including health, money, work, school and relationships and sometimes may not even be able to identify a reason that they feel anxious.

GAD can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in symptoms such as:

  • Restlessness
  • A sense of dread
  • Feeling constantly "on edge"
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability

Your symptoms may cause you to withdraw from social contact to avoid feelings of worry and dread. You may also find going to work difficult and stressful, and may take time off sick. These actions can make you worry even more about yourself and reduce your self-esteem.

You may also experience a range of physical symptoms including:

  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • A noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
  • Muscle aches and tension
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach ache
  • Feeling sick
  • Headache
  • Pins and needles
  • Insomnia

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can help you understand and change your thought processes and/or behaviours to help reduce the uncomfortable symptoms and help you manage worry more effectively.

If you would like to talk to someone about anxiety, you can contact Keeping Well:

Updated on: 21/04/2022