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- Can GAD or other anxiety disorders go away by itself? Or will it always be there but you just don't really notice it? Or it just won't be as bad?
I used to have chronic anxiety when I was younger. One of my biggest fears was fire. I was so paranoid about fires happening that I would unplug my night light every time I went to bed. I had a bad fear of darkness as well, so my mom had gotten me a nightlight. But because my fear of fire was worse than darkness I'd unplug it after she would go downstairs. I hated candles, campfires, and other "fire hazard" stuff. I would feel sick and dizzy just thinking about fire!
That chronic fear started when I was 7 and lasted until I was about 12. I am 16 and I no longer have a fear of fire. I love candles and campfires, could care less when the stove is on, and don't stay up for hours on end waiting to escape a fire at night. But I still have weird moments when I have a sudden urge to unplug lamps or blow out candles or feel as though I should be scared around campfires even though I no longer have a fear of fire any more. Is the anxiety still just lurking inside? Or do feel those urges because they were habit for so many years?(3 votes)
- It is not at all uncommon for children to have fears and anxieties that they grow out of. For this reason, different diagnostic criteria is used for children and adults. To answer your question though, it is indeed possible for an anxiety disorder in an adult to go away on its own. That is not to say, however, that anxiety ever goes away altogether. Anxiety is a normal part of life, and people who have ever suffered from an anxiety disorder are likely to have a genetic predisposition toward having higher levels of anxiety in general, even if they do not necessarily meet criteria for a diagnosis.(2 votes)
- cant placebo be used as treatment?(2 votes)
- Most people improve a bit in response to a placebo. However, for anything to be considered an evidenced-based treatment it must work significantly better than a placebo. Treatments are applied to a group of people with a similar condition (such as GAD), and the outcomes are compared to a group of people with the same condition who were treated only with a placebo. Statistical analyses determine if the group receiving an actual treatment improved more than the placebo group to a statistically significant degree.(1 vote)
- Do you know of a physical fitness method exclusively designed to help those suffering with disorders like anxiety and depression? A way to interrupt the state-of-mind or "train of thought" and decrease the intensity and duration of attacks?(2 votes)
- Some people try Yoga to calm stress and people can even try a social group to know that the are cared for. Sports personally helped me distract myself.(1 vote)
- How old do you have to be to get treated or do you have to talk to a Dr??(0 votes)
- If you are interested in medication, you can talk to your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist. Therapy, exercise, and good nutrition (including some supplements, like magnesium) are also research-based interventions for mild to moderate anxiety and do not require you to talk to a doctor.(1 vote)
- can't anxiety be linked to other diseases? if you have anxiety, are you always diagnosed with GAD?(0 votes)
- No cure for anxiety sorry but a broken kidney can cause anxiety because its making to much adrenaline.(1 vote)
- how affective are the main medications for GAD and what are their side affects?(0 votes)
- most side affects are a lot better then the anxiety i recommend therapy before anxiety it is a life saver. But if you take med expect to fell drowsy and sick if they lower your dose.(0 votes)
- So, think about the last time you took a big exam. You probably got pretty nervous about it, right? Anxious, maybe right before the exam. Well, this is completely normal and might even be useful in some situations because it could make you more alert and more careful. After the test though, you might kick back and breathe a sigh of relief, and stress goes away, right? For some people, about 3% of the population, that stress doesn't go away, and at this point, the stress is considered to be anxiety. This anxiety also might get worse over time and cause things like chest pain or nightmares. It might even cause you to not want to leave the home. At this point, where it starts to interfere with your daily life like work, school and relationships, we might even call it an anxiety disorder. Now, one particular type of anxiety disorder is Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD. This type is characterized by anxiety about everyday things, things like money, health, family, work and relationships. Sometimes, even the thought of getting through the day produces anxiety, and it's this anxiety as opposed to normal anxiety that everybody feels has three main pieces. The first is that it's persistent, meaning that it doesn't seem to go away. The second is that it's excessive, so it's usually way more than someone else might have given that situation. And third, it's typically pretty unreasonable. As in, there really isn't any reason to worry about whatever you're worrying about. Now, people with GAD might even be aware that these worries are excessive and unreasonable, but they don't know how to stop feeling like this or feel like it's completely beyond their control. Some people with mild GAD might be able to function socially and hold down a job. But others with severe GAD might have trouble with the simplest of daily activities. So, what causes one person to have GAD and one person to not have GAD? Ultimately, as is the case with many psychological disorders we don't know. Genes, though, are thought to play a role since sometimes, it runs in families. Also, the environment you're in, especially if high levels of stress are involved. Also, several parts of the brain have been linked to fear and anxiety, and continued research into these areas may provide some clues in the future about GAD. All right, so how might we know that someone has GAD? What are the signs and symptoms? Well, the main symptom is frequent worry and tension or stress, for little to no reason. Other symptoms might include things like edginess or restlessness, or an impaired concentration or feeling like your mind just goes blank. Then also, irritability. These psychological symptoms can even be severe enough to lead to physical symptoms like difficulty sleeping, and this is one of the biggest physical complaints of people with generalized anxiety disorder. Our bodies need to recharge when we sleep, right? With that said, insomnia can take this serious toll on your physical health, which means your body isn't functioning at its optimal levels, is it? Besides insomnia though, another physical symptom might be digestive problems. Chronic stress may lead to eating more or less than normal, and many people even experience diarrhea or constipation as a result. Finally, muscle aches and soreness is also a pretty common symptom of GAD. This happens from increased muscle tension, because people with anxiety carry around this tension in their bodies, which can lead to tense shoulders, back, jaws and muscles. This can even manifest as clenched jaws or teeth grinding. Overall, these physical and mental symptoms usually come about gradually. Typically starting in the teen years or young adulthood, but over time, they have this serious impact on your well-being. Additionally, there might be periods where symptoms seem to get worse, or they might get worse during periods of high stress. Unfortunately, there aren't any tests that will tell you whether you have GAD or not, and a proper diagnosis will be based on a medical professional's questions about your symptoms. So, from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, the Fifth Edition, or DSM5, the following criteria given for a diagnosis of GAD. Excessive anxiety and worry is present and occurs more often than not for at least six months, and is clearly excessive. The other one is anxiety and worry is associated with at least three of the symptoms that we went through and in children, only one symptom is needed for a diagnosis. Once it's been diagnosed, we're going to look to treatments. GAD will often be treated with psychotherapy, medication or both. Specifically, within psychotherapy, we'll often try something called Cognitive Behavior Therapy, which is really useful for treating GAD, since it tries to teach you different ways of thinking, behaving and reacting to situations that reduce your feelings of anxiety and worry. The other form of treatment is medication, and there are two types they are usually focused on. The first, are anti-anxiety medications. These tend to slow down our central nervous system, so our brain. So they have this, kind of, relaxing and calming effect. Typically, anti-anxiety medications are benzodiazepines. Apart from those, though, antidepressants can also be prescribed. These are approved for depression, but have also been found to be effective for treatment of anxiety as well. The most commonly prescribed antidepressants are Selective Seratonin Reuptake Inhibitors, or more commonly just called SSRIs. These guys work to regulate seratonin levels in our brain and elevate your mood. Knowing that these treatments exist, some people respond better to cognitive behaviour therapy alone, and some respond better to medications alone. While still, others respond best when both are used together. It totally depends on the patient, and so it needs to be tailored on a case-by-case basis.