Suaimhneas CBT Therapy and Mindfulness

Generalized Anxiety (GAD)

What is Generalized Anxiety?

Do you find that you spend a lot of time overthinking and worrying about the same things in your life over and over, so much that you start worrying about the fact that you are worrying?  

According to DSM 5 Generalized Anxiety involves ‘persistent and excessive worry’ about a number of events or activities (e.g. finances, work, school, family) to the extent that it affects our daily activities. It can manifest in our lives through symptoms such as restlessness, feeling on edge or easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension or problems sleeping. 

Worrying is normal and we all do it from time to time. It is future focused on ‘what if….’ questions that can help us solve problems. It results in us taking an action and we no longer need to dwell on the problem.

Excessive worry is persistent, often distressing and and the impact is that it prevents us doing the things in life that matter to us the most. When your anxiety is generalized you will notice that there are certain things that you worry about in your life repeatedly, such as finances, relationships, your performance at work and so on. You might notice that you catastrophize about the these situations, imagining the worst possible outcomes. What you worry about involves both real and hypothetical situations. We have different pathways in CBT to work with both real-life problems and future hypothetical scenarios that will probably not happen.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder

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