How to know if I have generalized anxiety disorder

The Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive concern at various events and situations, making it difficult for the person to control it. The duration and intensity of this anxiety is disproportionate to the possible consequences that may arise from these feared situations. In this type of disorder, nothing in particular is feared but everything in general. The generalized anxiety disorder is more common in women than in men. Next, we will present you, how to know if I have generalized anxiety  disorder.

Steps to follow:

  1. Excessive worry. You have been experiencing great anxiety about various situations and events for more than 6 months. This involves work, family and relationship issues. For example, fear of being fired from work, fear of accidents, fear that your partner will abandon you, etc.
  2. Physical symptoms If you suffer from this disorder, it is common for you to suffer from some of the following symptoms: excessive fatigue, difficulty falling asleep, muscle tension, difficulty relaxing, gastrointestinal problems, excessive sweating, rapid heartbeat and palpitations, difficulty concentrating.
  3. Humor changes. Sudden mood swings are characteristic of this disorder. If you suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, it is common for you to feel irritated with people most of the time for no apparent reason. In these cases, it is common that the tolerance level is minimal and you tend to get angry about anything.
  4. Daily life. The anxiety and the physical symptoms that accompany it, have caused a deterioration in various aspects of your life, such as work, social, etc. It may happen that in this attempt to prevent possible negative events, you take excessive precautions that generate displeasure in others or that cause your performance to be inadequate.
  5. Generality. The concern you feel is not limited to a particular situation, but has to do with various situations or events in everyday life. Even these concerns can vary from one moment to another, adapting to the situation you are going through at that moment.
  6. Absence of triggers. People with this disorder have a history of anxiety before the disorder appeared. There is no specific trigger that justifies the presence of this disorder, although there are certain factors that favor it, such as stress.
  7. Associated disorders. In many cases, this disorder is accompanied by mood disorders, such as major depressive disorder or dysthymic disorder. It can also be associated with other anxiety disorders such as phobias, but it usually appears with stress-related disorders.

This article is merely informative, we do not have the power to prescribe any medical treatment or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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