How do you know when you should worry about how much you worry? That sounds like a trick question but unfortunately it's very real for many people. In a perfect world we wouldn’t worry about anything. We would let life come at us and take everything in stride. However, too many people today not only worry about many things but worry obsessively. There is a clinical name for this type of worry and it's Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people with GAD worry about the things in life that we all tend to worry about such as money, health, and family issues. But not only do they worry extensively about these things but many other things that are no reason to worry about at all. They have a hard time just getting through the day due to their high level of anxiety and it often times keeps them from doing everyday tasks.
It doesn't seem to be partial as to whom it can affect. WebMD states that it often begins in childhood or adolescence but can begin in adulthood as well. Some studies have shown that more than 4 million Americans show signs of this dis-order over the course of a year and it tends to be more common in women than men. There are several speculations on what causes it such as hereditary, brain malfunctions, and environment but no one seems to know for sure.
So now that you're all worried that you or someone you know is affected with GAD, how do you know for sure? There are some symptoms to look for and the Mayo Clinic has put together this list:
Persistent worrying or obsession about small or large concerns that's out of proportion to the impact of the event
Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
Inability to relax, restlessness, and feeling keyed up or on edge
Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind "goes blank"
Worrying about excessively worrying
Distress about making decisions for fear of making the wrong decision
Carrying every option in a situation all the way out to its possible negative conclusion
Difficulty handling uncertainty or indecisiveness
Physical signs and symptoms may include:
Muscle tension or muscle aches
Trembling, feeling twitchy
Being easily startled
Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome
Since, as with any "symptoms" list, we can exhibit all or some of these items from time to time, it can be a good idea to be examined by a health care professional if you are concerned. Keep in mind, if diagnosed with GAD, they will most likely recommend a string of medications and psychotherapy to treat the symptoms. However, we were very glad to see that many medical authorities are also recommending stress management techniques such as meditation and yoga. The experts on WebMD even mentioned biofeedback specifically as a way to help manage the symptoms.
While biofeedback in the United States legally cannot be said to diagnose, treat, or cure any illness or dis-ease, we can say that it is a wonderful, non-evasion tool for stress reduction. With biofeedback and essential oils, we have seen great results with our clients that exhibit these kinds of behavior patterns. They can get to the root cause of the issue such as DNA, brain function, emotions, and hormones to name a few. Just know that there are alternative methods to handling Generalized Anxiety Disorder. To learn more about biofeedback and what it does visit our Biofeedback page or call us today 239-980-3257 to discuss your particular needs. And don't worry....we're here to help.