There is a lot of diversity among anxiety disorders, but most appear to be rooted in a common sort of unrealistic or excessive worry about various events, situations, or circumstances. Therapy can help.

Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. It’s perfectly normal to worry about things on occasion and to even feel physical reactions in connection with the worry.

Some people, however, worry so much and experience such intense physical symptoms associated with their worry that it becomes a emotional handicap that prevents them from leading happy and healthy lives.

If you are such a worry wart, you may be suffering from a condition known as generalized anxiety disorder.

Generalized anxiety disorder, which is a form of chronic anxiety where the person feels anxious or tense almost every day,  is characterized by two major components.

The first is unrealistic or excessive worry or anxiety by the number of events or actual activities, such as possible misfortune to a loved one with and no longer dangerous, worrying about finances or job security for no good reason.

In the case of children and adolescents, this disorder may take the form of anxiety and worry about academic, athletic, or social performance.

The second major component of general anxiety disorder is a variety of mostly physical symptoms that often present during periods of anxiety.

​These including feeling shaky; experiencing muscle discomfort; restlessness; and tiring easily.

​Generalized anxiety disorder IS Common

​Other general anxiety disorder symptoms include difficulty breathing; rapid heart rate or palpitations; sweating or cold, clammy hands; dry mouth; dizziness or lightheadedness; gastrointestinal disturbances; hot flashes or chills; or frequent urination.

The last group of generalized anxiety symptoms includes feeling keyed up or on edge; excessive jumpiness; concentration or memory difficulties; trouble sleeping; and irritability.

​To qualify for a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder, at least three of these symptoms must appear during periods of worry and the person must have been bothered by them more than not for a period of at least six months. Fortunately, most generalized anxiety disorder sufferers can be helped.

My focus of my therapy for generalized anxiety disorder includes: risk management:  systematic assessment of likely risks involved in everyday situations (this can help to conquer the tendency to anticipate disaster catastrophes).

I encourage willful, conscious, and rational assessment of potential risks as well as an evaluation of the likelihood that the negative outcomes will occur. The anticipation of outcomes generates anxiety. On closer examination, you will develop clarity about the objective realities.

In that worry often occurs in an automatic and unexamined way. My approaches also involved techniques designed to you to more consciously evaluate stressful situations as well as specific approaches to problem-solving that will reduce your anxious feelings and help you to gain more control.

If the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder describe you, call (773) 614-3201 right away for professional help.