People with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) worry excessively about a number of different areas of life, such as family, health, finances, and work difficulties. People with GAD are plagued by these worries most days, for several months or more, and are also bothered by symptoms like:
Generalized anxiety can be triggered by a stressful life event such as losing a job, relationship breakdowns, and other periods of prolonged stress, but it’s often caused by a combination of factors and not just one thing. Other factors such as a family history of mental health problems, chronic physical health issues, and certain personality types – such as being a perfectionist or having low self-esteem – can make it more likely that someone will develop GAD.
GAD is one of the most common anxiety disorders. Approximately six out of 100 Australians experience it at some point in their lives. Some research suggests that GAD might be even more common in veterans; at one stage or another about 14 out of 100 Vietnam veterans have been affected by it. Many people with GAD suffer from other mental health problems as well; over their lifetime, someone with GAD is about 5 times more likely than the average person to have depression, and twice as likely to have a problem with drugs or alcohol.
One of the most effective treatments for GAD is cognitive behavioural therapy – this approach recognises that the way we think and act affects the way we feel. Typically, during this therapy you will learn:
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