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What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder?

We hear the term 'anxiety' used loosely and widely during our day to lives but what actually does it mean? And how do we know if we need help?

To be frank, we all experience anxiety to some degree and we should consider anxiety as a continuum rather than 'existing' and 'not existing'.

However, there a distinct difference between meeting the threshold for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and experiencing normal, healthy anxiety responses.

Healthy worry might look something like this:

Whereas unhealthy worry might look something like this:

If your worry and anxiety is excessive and has been present for at least 6 months, you will likely benefit from further assessment. GAD worry tends to be very difficult to control and can be associated with restlessness, tiring easily, impaired concentration, irritability, muscle aches/ soreness and difficulty sleeping. Naturally these difficulties then have subsequent impact on our lives and it becomes increasingly more difficult to carry out normal day to day activities.

Do you meet some of these described symptoms? If so, get in touch with Calm Minds for further assessment and see how we can help you.


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