What is Generalized Anxiety? Anxiety can be expressed in sudden attacks as seen for instance in Panic Disorder. The Generalized Anxiety [KA1] however is a little different. It takes the form of a protracted, flowing and comprehensive worry – an extreme concern of everyday events. This excessive worry can be centred around anything from education, relationships, work economy, natural disasters, illnesses, etc.
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- Intensive pounding of the heart or increased heart rate
- Dryness of the mouth
- A sense of shortness of breath
- Choking sensation
- Sense of pressure on the chest
- Upset stomach
- Sense of unreality
- Fear of losing one’s mind
- Fear of dying
- Hot flushes of chills
- Sleeping or tickling sensations
- Muscle tensions
- Trouble swallowing
- Trouble concentrating
When is it generalized anxiety?
It can be hard to differentiate between normal and excessive worrying. Furthermore, there is a great coincidence between Generalized Anxiety, other anxiety disorders as well as mood disorders. Therefore it can be a good idea to consult one’s doctor or contact a psychologist to gain more specific insight into what you might be suffering from.
Research indicates that about 1-3% percent of the Danish population struggles with Generalized Anxiety when measuring across the span of a year.
In developing Generalized Anxiety Disorder some people have a higher genetic risk than others. A person’s environment will however also affect the possible development of Generalized Anxiety. If you have endured a long period of massive stress that can trigger the underlying genetic vulnerability. The causes must thus be regarded as a complex interaction between genetics and environment.
You can receive help to cope with Generalized Anxiety through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The treatment consists of several elements. The treatment is composed to meet the client’s specific combination of symptoms. It does however always contain information and counselling about the anxiety disorder and it’s symptoms. Being able to recognize the specific symptoms often makes it easier to cope with the anxiety. As a part of the treatment the therapist and client will also explore and develop techniques and strategies that the client can use to cope with his or her worries. The client in other words gains tools to understand and cope with the worries triggering the anxiety, when they arise.