Generalized Anxiety Disorder (or GAD) is characterized by excessive, exaggerated worry and anxiety about everyday life events. There is no obvious reason or logic for the associated anxiety or fear. GAD presents with a consistent expectation of disaster and the inability to stop worrying about issues such as health, money, school, family, or work. The worry is consistently unrealistic and out of proportion with the situation. Understandably, these symptoms cause daily life to become challenging or nearly impossible. The anxiety can become so dominate that it interferes with daily functioning, everyday activities, and relationships.
Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. GAD alone affects 6.8 million adults (3.1% of the population). Women are twice as likely to be affected as men. The good news for sufferers is that anxiety disorders are highly treatable. There are many effective treatment options. Unfortunately, less than half of all sufferers are seeking treatment. At Valley, we understand GAD and have experience treating this incapacitating and persistent disorder. We look forward to meeting and treating you.
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What Are the Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
If you’ve been chronically worried more days than not about a variety of everyday problems for at least six months, you may receive a GAD diagnosis. GAD affects the way a person thinks, but physical symptoms can present as well. Symptoms can include the following:
How is Valley Treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Paying regular attention to your mental well-being is good and should be a very normal part of healthy living. At Valley, we know there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mental health, which is why we take the time to care for each client individually and consider their broader story. Every client that walks through our doors is assessed holistically and cared for in a comprehensive way within a solution-focussed approach.
We offer a wide variety of counseling and counseling environments for a wide variety of clients:
Our individual counseling focuses in on each client and their unique story in order to discover the solutions that are right for them. After pairing our clients with the ideal therapist, we take the time to press into the cognitive, behavioral, and motivational aspects of our client’s recovery while also considering dual-diagnosis.
At Valley, we offer FDA approved psychiatric medication as part of our comprehensive treatment plan. Each medication program is prescribed by a trained medical professional (e.g., psychiatrist, nurse practitioner) within a broad scope of long-term care.
Research shows that counseling within a group setting is just as effective, sometimes even more so, as individual care. At Valley, we are proud to provide robust and interactive care groups led by trained clinicians. These empowering spaces have proven to be an invaluable resource for learning coping skills, feeling acceptance, and avoiding social isolation.
While every client needs to be individually motivated to seek treatment, one of the largest factors in successful treatment is a solid support system. Our family and couples counseling partners with immediate family, primary caregivers, adopted families, and support systems to get everyone on the same page in caring for their loved ones.
Incorporating complementary or alternative medicine is often referred to as an integrated approach and works best when used alongside professional treatment. Don’t replace conventional medical treatment or psychotherapy with alternative medicine.
With that said, here are some things proven to be helpful when dealing with Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
More clinical studies must be performed to determine the effectiveness of supplements and natural interventions for people with GAD. Positive lifestyle changes on the other hand rarely have adverse effects and may also help reduce stress. Talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. Even natural supplements can have side effects and interfere with the actions of prescription medications.
Exercise is generally classified as aerobic (running or walking), resistance (weight training), or mindfulness-based (yoga or tai chi). Exercise is known to improve cognitive mechanisms due to a diversion from negative thinking, social contact, and feelings of control over one’s health. Consider walking, jogging, swimming, gardening or another activity that you enjoy.
Getting a healthy amount of sleep is important for both your physical and mental wellbeing. If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk to your doctor about what can be done to help.
Stress amplifies many mental health ailments. These activities may help with relaxation and may be a valuable part of your treatment plan. Several alternative treatments aim to reduce anxiety and stress. These treatments include:
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