When does everyday worry cross the line into an anxiety disorder? At what point should you be concerned about that continual feeling of dread? Are you growing anxious over things that would in all likelihood never happen?
If you have these questions, then you may be able to answer them by becoming aware of generalized anxiety disorder symptoms.
If anxious thoughts, constant worry, and higher level of fear interrupt your daily living, you may have GAD, or generalized anxiety disorder. Symptoms of GAD fall into three categories; emotional, behavioral, and physical.
Anxiety Disorder Symptoms
Some of the emotional symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder are a constant stream of worries going through your mind or an overall feeling of dread or apprehension.
You may have intrusive thoughts that cause you anxiety that you cannot make go away.
You have the strong need to know exactly what is going on at all times, and you find it difficult to deal with uncertainty. There is also the general feeling that there is nothing you can do to stop all your worrying.
The physical symptoms associated with GAD include:
- An on-edge and jumpy feeling.
- You may have great difficulty falling asleep because your mind won’t let go of the day’s events.
- You may have digestive issues, including a pervasive upset stomach, nausea or diarrhea.
- The muscles of your body may ache from always being tensed up.
Anxiety Disorder Symptoms – Inability to Relax
A general inability to relax is a hallmark behavioral symptom of generalized anxiety disorders. You don’t like being on your own, and you do not enjoy silence. You may have a difficult time with concentration and focus.
While many people procrastinate, people suffering from GAD seem to have a higher level due to a feeling of being completely overwhelmed. They may also completely avoid situations that trigger their anxious feelings.
Children also have unique symptoms of GAD. Unlike adults, children and teens do not comprehend that their anxiety is of a concerning level, and they assume that their peers also suffer the same emotions that they are feeling.
Because of this, is it especially important that the adults in their lives pay close attention and intervene when necessary.
Children and teens can manifest generalized anxiety disorder through perfectionism, excessive worry on past and future events, social acceptance within their peer group, and a feeling of self-blame for issues completely unrelated to themselves.
They also seek continual reassurance or praise.