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GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Sufferers of GAD constantly live the fear of consequences; a pointless fear based on what 'might happen' but hardly ever does.
Also known as:
- General Anxiety Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (US spelling)
GAD is a constant level of inappropriate anxiety in the sufferer, which can also manifest other anxiety symptoms such as obsessions, phobias, agoraphobia and panic attacks. GAD is usually a chronic condition and dominates the sufferer's life with negativity, worry and high emotion, which can infiltrate every element of that person's life, their relationships, their work and their general fulfillment in life.
GAD Sufferers constantly live the fear of consequences; a pointless fear, based on what 'might happen' but hardly ever does. This fear is caused by the anxiety response as a result of certain physical and mental changes, which happen during high anxiety. In GAD, these changes cause sufferers to feel threatened much of the time, even when no actual (real) threat exists.
This constant state of anxious arousal is not only frightening, but also frustrating and damaging too. GAD sufferers often find themselves withdrawing socially and paying less attention to their relationships, their jobs and their enjoyment of life in general. This situation, although pointless, is common amongst GAD sufferers nd with the correct structured programme and support is very simple to undo, allowing the sufferer to become anxiety free and continue with their lives unhindered.
GAD is at epidemic proportions around the world. It is estimated approximately 1 in 4 people suffer from GAD, regardless of age or gender; whilst awake or asleep. The figures are shocking, but what is more shocking is that generally, GAD is ignored or treated with spasmodic psychotherapy or inappropriate drug treatments at best. It is amongst the most common so-called 'medical conditions' in the world and yet it is so badly misunderstood and mistreated.
Sufferers of GAD don't seem to be able to shake the constant worry that plagues them, even when they know there is nothing substantial to worry about. The physical and mental symptoms of GAD can be far reaching.
The human body is covered with millions of tiny nerve endings, which relay information to and from the brain in milliseconds. This system is meant to be a pathway for learning, behaviours, control mechanisms and self preservation, but when anxiety causes the bodily systems to become prepared for the anxiety 'flight or fight' response, all of these nerve endings begin to feed back and send out very confused signals.
As the bodily organs, including the skin, which is the largest organ in the body, is tuned for action in GAD, as part of the 'flight or fight' response, the digestions, circulation, respiration and other bodily systems start behaving differently and this can cause a huge range of anxiety symptoms, sensations and thoughts.
Physical GAD Symptoms
The physical symptoms which accompany Generalised Anxiety Disorder can include:
- Muscle tension / aches
- Difficulty swallowing or a 'lump in the throat' sensation
- Sweating / hot flushes
- Trembling / twitching
- Headaches and/or 'light-headed' sensations
- Chest pain, palpitations or a 'racing heart'
- Sickness / diarrhoea / constipation
- Breathing Difficulties
Psychological GAD Symptoms
Psychological symptoms of GAD may include:
- General inability to relax or feel 'at ease'
- Insomnia (inability to sleep effectively)
- Disturbing thoughts
- Enhanced sensitivity to loud noises, extreme temperatures or bright light
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Feelings of depression
The symptoms of GAD are mostly milder forms of those that would be experienced in Panic Disorder or OCD for example, but can also be quite pronounced. Whilst unpleasant, these symptoms are completely harmless and will pass.
The bodily systems that produce these symptoms were designed for self-preservation, not to cause any harm to the sufferer. The symptoms can be very severe or quite mild but they are simply confused, anxious nerve impulses and the sensations created when the bodily systems affected by the fight or flight response is activated.
If the flight or fight response in GAD causes all of these inappropriate symptoms and sensations, all we need to do is show you how you can quickly and permanently remove this inappropriate response and eliminate your anxiety and GAD permanently.
GAD Treatment / Cures
GAD is an anxiety condition, which has developed as a result of an anxiety disorder. Through anxious behaviour, the amygdala, a small organ in the brain, has 'learned' to react inappropriately, triggering a range of 'self-preservation' mechanisms in the mind and body.
An effective GAD treatment should target the root cause - the underlying anxiety disorder - rather than attempt to 'cure' the symptoms it produces. Since the anxiety disorder is a 'learned' behaviour, it cannot be treated by changing chemical levels within the body. It therefore must be 'un-learned'.
Discover how The Linden Method will eliminate inappropriate anxiety and GAD, quickly, permanently and without drugs / medications.
Yvonne Maywood gives us an account of her initial experiences, having started using The Linden Method to eliminate her GAD:
"After stumbling upon your web site while searching for a more natural approach to relieving anxiety (I hate meds) I can't tell you how much better I feel, and this just happened Monday of this week.
I started to feel strange about six months ago, usually around my PMS time. I discussed this with my GP and of course she immediately wanted to medicate me, but only during my PMS, I was reluctant and told her I wanted to hold off. The last couple of months have be really hard because it seems to have intensified itself.
About a week ago my GP suggested prozac again, I told her I wasn't ready yet! After only getting to page 93 of your book I already feel a huge relief, (there hasn't even been enough time for the CD's to get to me yet) just knowing I'm not alone and all of these symptoms I have been feeling are all due to GAD.
I was constantly taking my pulse and I thought I was such a weirdo because of it. After reading the typical symptoms (I experience most of them) and you saying they are all perfectly harmless was a major relief and I have never taken any medication, thank god!
After reading your story and the other emails from people you have helped I have such a mild case of GAD compared to other people I almost feel ashamed writing this email but also grateful my anxiety never got to the degree that other peoples have. I'm 46, I work full time, my husband works away during the week, I have 12 year old twins that are very involved and am very busy.
I don't have time for anxiety but I know I need to slow my pace down and take more time for me. When I receive the rest of my order I will do exactly as you say and I just know my quality of life will improve because today I already feel like it's a new day and I've hardly begun my journey.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, my family thanks you also but they don't know it yet."