Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Summary

panic attacks, panic attack

Don't Panic, Chapter 3. Panic within Psychological Disorders

 

A person who suffers from generalized anxiety tends to worry about big and little issues and feels uncomfortable physical symptoms throughout most of the day. 

This site will teach you ways to manage many of the symptoms of anxiety, including handling your worries, learning relaxation and breathing skills and the option of using medications.  I will not, however, explore the issues in your life that might be causing or increasing your anxiety.   Be careful not to simply treat the symptoms and neglect to address some of the stressors that might be influencing them.   Talk to friend, family members, your minister or rabbi, or a trained mental health professional, if need be.

The most common worries are the small day-to-day concerns, like arriving on time or completing enough projects during the day.  Other prominent concerns are health and illness, work or school performance, money and family. 

The physical symptoms can include any of those on the chart below.

POSSIBLE PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS DURING ANXIETY

Cardiovascular System     Genitourinary System

tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)

need for frequent urination

palpitations (uncomfortable awareness of the heart rate)

difficulty becoming sexually aroused or achieving orgasm (women)

headaches

difficulty maintaining an erection

cold fingers

Gastrointestinal System
Musculoskeletal System 

dry mouth

muscles tense

difficulty swallowing

involuntary trembling of the body

"butterflies" in the stomach

tension headaches

the gurgling sounds of gas in the intestines

other aches and pains

colon spasms

Central Nervous System

diarrhea and/or constipation

apprehensive, aroused and vigilant

cramp-like pains in the upper stomach

feeling "on edge," impatient, or irritable

Respiratory System

insomnia

hyperventilation symptoms

fatigue  

poor concentration