GAD Sufferers constantly live in fear of catastrophic consequences.
GAD causes a pointless fear, based on what 'might happen'. This fear is caused by the fear response as a result of certain physical and mental changes, which happen during anxiety disorders.
In GAD, these changes cause sufferers to feel threatened most of the time, even when no actual (real) threat exists.
This constant state of anxious arousal is not only frightening, but also frustrating for sufferers. They know they have no reason to be frightened but are, seemingly, powerless to do anything about it.
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 and 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. The figures are shocking, but what is more shocking is that, GAD is often ignored or mistreated with spasmodic psychotherapy or inappropriate drug treatments at best. It is amongst the most common 'medical condition' in the world and yet it is so badly misunderstood and mistreated.
Sufferers of GAD are unable 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 a pathway for learning, behaviours, control mechanisms and self preservation, but when anxiety causes 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 body prepares for action, 'flight or fight' response, digestion, 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
Psychological GAD Symptoms
Psychological symptoms of GAD may include:
General inability to relax or feel 'at ease'
Insomnia (inability to sleep effectively)
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 be removed on recovery.
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.