What is anxiety or GAD?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is diagnosed when a person worries excessively for a period longer than 6 months. People with GAD cannot get rid of their concern, even when they logically know that the situation is not appropriate for the high amount of worry. Common symptoms of GAD include:
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- muscle tension
- difficulty swallowing
- feeling out of breath
- hot flashes
- inability to relax
- feeling of restlessness
The symptoms can range from mild, where the person can still function, hold down a job, etc. to severe, in which the person cannot perform daily activities. Generalized Anxiety Disorder has an incredibly high correlation with depression, therefore many people have both.Risk Factors:
- A buildup of stress
- A serious or prolonged physical illness
- A personality type or disorder more prone to anxiety
- An anxiety disorder in the family
Treatment: Again, since there are so many different theories pertaining to psychiatric disorders, there are many different methods of treatment. However, since I am focusing on the biological component to this disorder, it is important to describe the popular biological treatments.
Those with GAD are typically prescribed anti-anxiety drugs, which include benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines function by binding GABA to the appropriate neuro-receptor sites. Common benzodiazepines include: Xanax, Valium, Ativan, and more.
Anxiety, an intense sense of a fortified fortress,
Parrying all senses of normality,
As I shuffle out into the grievous world in lonesomeness,
My speculative cognition connecting,
With every living scowl,
Scowls starring into my soul,
As my mind processes rigmarole into my membrane,
As my body descents into anxiety,