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What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

If you wake up feeling anxious, are a chronic worrier, and imagine the worst case scenario most of the time you may be suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Do you find yourself worrying excessively about your health, your finances, your family, your work?

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is more than worrying about a single incident. It’s a way of thinking and reacting to life’s events. “What if I pass out while I”m driving?” “What if I lose my job and become a bag lady?” “What if my child gets hit by a car crossing the street?”

If you’re experiencing three or more of these symptoms:

• restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge

• being easily fatigued

• difficulty concentrating or mind going blank

• irritability

• muscle tension

• sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless, unsatisfying sleep)

….and have had these symptoms for at least six months you may be suffering from GAD and may benefit from seeing a mental health professional.

AHLways consider: “What If…” can be answered by “If Then…

Do you find yourself going to worst case scenario and asking yourself “What if…?”? Please leave your comments below!

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