What is generalised anxiety disorder?

Some people suffer with an ongoing sense of worry about many different things and this may affect their ability to undertake everyday activities, the very things that may help to allay some of their worry.

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) might prevent a person from engaging with friends or attending social events as they become insecure about leaving their home, and the prospect of getting ready to go out can become overwhelming. As a result they may feel increasingly lonely and isolated from others which may only further exacerbate their state of worry. Having meaningful connections with other people is an important aspect of overall health.

GAD may also interfere with sporting activities that might otherwise help to distract and relax a person who is caught up in generalised anxiety. Exercise can be a helpful way to promote relaxation because it can involve concentration, especially in an exercise class; that in itself diverts a person’s mind away from their worry for a while. If you are too anxious to attend an exercise class, go for a walk or a run, then you might benefit from seeing what exercise classes you can access either online or by purchasing an exercise DVD.

Everyday nutrition is another aspect of life that GAD may affect, influencing a person’s eating habits such that they may either over-eat or under-eat. Both of these conditions can have harmful impacts. A lack of nutrients in the diet will limit the brain’s capacity to produce chemicals that enhance moods, such as serotonin, and over-eating might induce a person to start 'purging' after over-eating or bingeing, which can lead to an imbalance of brain chemicals. Further binge eating can be triggered, meaning a person suffering with GAD might be in danger of developing an eating disorder.

If you think you are suffering with GAD, you may find that talking to a counsellor can help to build your self-confidence. A counsellor will be able to offer you a few gentle challenges that might help to reduce your anxiety levels, improving your overall quality of life.

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Written by Claire Sainsbury

Claire Sainsbury is an integrative counsellor and coach with a special interest in helping people change unhealthy life habits to promote a better quality of living.… Read more

Written by Claire Sainsbury

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