Understanding and coping with generalised anxiety disorder

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What Is generalised anxiety disorder?

The word anxiety relates to feelings of unease, worry or fear and most of us will have experienced this at some point in our lives. Sitting an exam or attending a job interview for example, can instil feelings of anxiety. It is perfectly normal in situations such as this to be anxious or nervous.

Anxiety is the primary symptom in a number of different mental health conditions such as panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and post-traumatic stress. The differentiating factor between generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) and normal levels of anxiety is that the anxiety is ongoing and the reactions and feelings are usually highly disproportionate to the risk or worry involved. Meaning, it is much easier for a small incident or event to create huge levels of anxiety. GAD can be described as a persistent and long term condition that causes its sufferers to endureā€¦

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