You may be suffering from Generalized anxiety disorder (or GAD)- just one of 7 main types of anxiety. GAD is characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry; always expecting disaster and can’t stop worrying about health, money, family, work, or school. Even though the worry is often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation, daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety so dominates the person’s thinking that it interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities, and relationships.( National Institute of Mental Health. Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 08, 2014, in WebMd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/generalized-anxiety-disorder)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder can be manifest in physically distressing symptoms.
You can just give in and live with it or learn to overcome it.
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12 Tips for Overcoming Anxiety (Not just GAD)
- Control your thoughts. Lack of control over your thoughts, strengthens your anxiety. As negative thoughts get stronger, your anxiety gets stronger too.
- Develop some self-discipline. Feelings and emotions fuel and strengthen anxiety. You need to learn to have control over your feelings. You also need to develop some degree of emotional detachment.
- Think about the good things that are happening to you When you go to bed at night, and first thing when you wake up in the morning, There are always some good things happening, even if small and insignificant.
- Start the day with several minutes of positive affirmations. Tell yourself how you would like your day to be. Use positive, cheering and motivating words.
- Be busy and do something. Activity keeps your mind off your anxiety.
When you wake up in the morning, start doing something right away, and keep busy all day. Staying idle, and thinking about your problems and worries won’t make them go away.
- Set a goal and work every day to achieve it. This action will direct your thoughts and feelings away from worries and anxieties, toward something more positive and constructive.
- Talk about your anxieties to someone you trust. Have the courage to be open. Talking about your anxieties and feelings can alleviate them, and put them in the right proportions, provided you talk objectively, and with a real desire to get rid of your anxiety, or at least reduce its intensity.
- Exercising your body and staying fit, is a good way to keep fears and anxieties away.
- Find reasons to laugh. This will bring light and happiness into your life, and drive anxiety away. Watch comedies on TV, be with happy and amusing friends, or read something that makes you laugh.
- Use positive words in your conversation and in your inner talk.
- Affirm and visualize positive situations and events. Visualize a happy and positive solution to your problems.
- Turn off the TV. If watching the news fills you with anxiety, limit the time you watch the news, and don’t watch anything that might upset you before you go to bed.
Overcoming anxiety might be easier in some cases, and more difficult in others. In milder cases, the advice given here would probably help, but in other cases, you might need professional help for overcoming anxiety.
The tips and information in this article do not replace professional advice. (Remez Sasson, successconsciousness.com/overcoming_anxiety)
Both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medications (such as SSRIs) have been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety. A comparison of overall outcomes of CBT and medication on anxiety did not show statistically significant differences (i.e. they were equally effective in treating anxiety). However, CBT is significantly more effective in reducing depression severity, and its effects are more likely to be maintained in the long term, whereas the effectiveness of pharmacologic treatment tends to lessen if medication is discontinued. A combination of both CBT and medication is generally seen as the most desirable approach to treatment.
This is where online Counseling on Demand comes in. We are well versed in CBT.
Here’s how it works:
- Often, you’ll be asked to keep a diary
- You will discuss strategies to help change your nagging thoughts and bad habits
- You will be given “homework” for practice between sessions
- During each session you will go over your “homework”, discuss results & explore additional steps toward better mental health.
In this way we can assist you in:
- Establishing your routine
- Doing something new
- Having fun
- Taking on responsibilities.
- Setting goals.
- Challenging negative thoughts & destructive behaviors
You need not go through this alone. With our support, you can get through these times. You might be pleasantly surprised at how much relief these sessions might provide!
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