Generalised Anxiety Disorder

A sense of dread and foreboding about future circumstances that can be tackled, reduced and sometimes removed

Anxiety related issues are very common and one of the most frequently diagnosed is Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). You will find information on this page about what GAD is and how you could tackle it.

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What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

Anxiety is a very common problem that thousands of people in Sheffield, and around the country, have to deal with. One type of anxiety is Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

A person who has been experiencing Generalised Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, often has extreme and exaggerated levels of worry that affect them on a daily basis. The symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder can happen in different places at different times which makes planning ahead in life difficult.

People with GAD tend to have uncontrolled thoughts that are disproportionate to the actual risk. They frequently focus on catastrophic possibilities rather than more likely possibilities.

It boils down to the attitude of “anything that can go wrong it will…spectacularly!” The issues that are the focus of this worry are many and numerous. Any and all aspects of life can be part of having GAD.

This level of anxiety becomes so practised and familiar it gets in the way of living life normally. The idea of controlling the feelings of anxiety seems so foreign and impossible. This means that the anxiety just continues to build and build.

Hypnotherapy for Generalised Anxiety Disorder

If you are looking for help in tackling GAD then hypnotherapy could be the ideal tool for you. It is medication-free, natural, designed to be a brief therapy and could lead to dramatic results. There is more information below on hypnotherapy for Generalised Anxiety Disorder. If you would like to discuss your goals you can call now on 01143830123 or request a call back at a time that suits you.

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What are the causes of Generalised Anxiety Disorder?

This is a question that research is still struggling to answer. The general con consensus is that it is a combination of several factors that causes GAD but that these factors can differ between individuals.

Research has found that the following elements play a role in the potential development of GAD:

  • Genetics

    You are up to five times more likely to develop GAD if you have a family member who has it.

  • History

    You are more likely to develop GAD if you have experienced a significant stress or trauma.

  • Health

    Long term health problems like chronic fatigue syndrome increase the chances of developing GAD.

  • Drugs

    If you have a history of drug abuse GAD is more likely to develop

  • Brain

    Overactivity of certain brain areas and an imbalance in brain chemistry increases the possibility of GAD

These are just some of the contributory factors to the development of Generalised Anxiety Disorder. That being said some people develop the condition for no reason with seemingly none of the triggers above.

This lack of clarity about the cause of GAD can sometimes contribute to the anxiety and make it worse.

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How many people have GAD?

I know it might feel like it is only you going through anxiety but it is actually a surprisingly common condition. 4% of the population in the UK have Generalised Anxiety Disorder which equals about 2.6 million people. It affects more women than men and more often people who are in their mid 30’s to mid 50’s.

Are there tests for Generalised Anxiety Disorder?

Yes, there are tests online for generalised anxiety disorder. This online GAD test from Patient Info is quick and easy. It could give you a good starting point to begin to look in more depth at your symptoms and goals.

This quick test has just seven multiple choice questions about how anxious you feel and when. It is a quick way of getting an idea if anxiety is an issue that might need looking at in more detail.