What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Life can occasionally present us with challenges. Things don’t always go as we expect in life. There are times when life events lead to loss, disappointment, and struggle. Unfortunate things happen to everyone from time-to-time. This is a fact of life. For some, excessive worry about “bad things” happening becomes overwhelming. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) focus attention on the potential of bad things happening to them or loved ones. The worry becomes totally encompassing as they look for signs that things won’t go well. They frequently overthink possibilities and anticipate the worst outcome. People with GAD are often labeled “worriers”. The excessive worry and anticipation of negative outcomes interfere with living a productive life.
What do people worry about?
Some of the typical things that people with GAD worry about pertaining to themselves and their loved ones include:
- Loss of employment
- Death or injury
- Financial hardship
- Illness and health decline
- Relationship conflict
- Natural disaster
- Falling victim to attack or crime
- Arriving late for events
In what ways does GAD impact one’s life?
- Leads to relationship discord
- Fear of making mistakes and indecision
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased tension, stress, and irritability
- Somatic complaints
- Lack of attention and focus
- Need for reassurance
How can CBT help?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be very helpful for those suffering with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. By undergoing a course of specialized psychotherapy, clients learn skills and strategies to help manage chronic worry. Using cognitive restructuring skills, people with GAD learn to identify and evaluate their thinking patterns that lead to worry. With practice, they begin to adjust the way they think about things that previously caused anxiety. Exposure therapy is another technique that helps people learn to manage GAD. Clients are exposed to their fear triggers and learn that their fears either don’t come to pass or that they can learn to cope with the feared outcome.
Therapists at Pacific CBT provided specialized psychotherapy to help those burdened by Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Contact Pacific CBT to schedule an initial consultation to elevate if this treatment will be helpful.