Generalized Anxiety Disorder


I am 41 years old, working as a crew chief in an international company. Normally I am an Industrial Engineer, but for the last 3 years I have been in a position that can be called a senior project organizer for a project. The company I work for made a very high investment for this project. At the beginning, I was very proud of myself for being chosen, I was happy, but at the end of 2 years, I started to lose interest in both my work and the project. These questions have gradually tended to be mixed with disastrous content such as “What if I can’t develop and deliver the expected growth against my bosses?”, “What if I lose halfway and the whole project goes to waste”, “What if I miscalculate and the whole team gets hurt”. What kind of power they have, these thoughts are constantly being known in my mind. My procrastination behavior also dulls my motivation. Of course, my family noticed the change in me. They, too, began to keep quiet and not ask anything, as if I had the expression “I got fired from my job” on my face every day. Am I alone or defenseless, what a strange thing.. Along with these, I have been having trouble falling asleep at night for about a year. I am anxious, fussy, forgetful, distracted, an inner restlessness as if something is going to happen to me. I can’t relax, neck and back pains one after another. Ms. Gülden, I think what I have told you may have created the impression of being unemployed and weak, but it is not so. Actually, I am in a solid position in the company, I have the savings to continue my life even if I quit my job. But aren’t there those thoughts ah ah not going out of my mind “what if…”. Sometimes there were such times that I choked with anxiety, I became unable to do my job beyond procrastinating. Then I see, my body aches as if I have carried a weight of kilograms.. Actually, I find some of these worries unreasonable, but I can’t stop thinking about them.”

“In order to be emotionally prepared for the worst possible consequences of your project, you prefer to be in constant distress; Are you aware that this situation has been causing chronic anxiety for about 3 years?”

……………. Actually yes…”

Anxiety can be defined as a warning state for the feeling of ‘be alert, prepare your body’. Anxiety disorders are generally known as anxiety disorders. It also includes disorders such as panic disorder and social anxiety. In addition to these, it can be said that generalized anxiety disorder is the most common anxiety disorder in mental health services. While the prevalence of diagnosis is observed frequently in middle age; decreases with age; There are findings showing that it also increases in old age. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by “constant, excessive, and inappropriate worry”.


The origin of normal anxiety and uncontrollable anxiety consists of two bases. These foundations also give shape to two motives. first ‘ ‘self (self)protection motive” ‘the instinct to protect bodily existence ”stop. Perceiving the human self as “valuable”; can live in balance by “preserving” his bodily existence.

The individual tries to establish an unclear relationship with his inner experiences (such as restlessness, uneasiness, hypersensitivity). In order to define this relationship, on the one hand, while giving reactive responses to himself; On the other hand, he criticizes and blames himself. These thoughts cease to be thoughts that come to mind over time and begin to live in the mind of the person as patterns that represent the truth. Thought and reality are now mixed with each other in his mind.


Observations emphasize the importance of emotional development and brain development irregularity of pervasive Anxiety Disorder, environmental stress factors acquired in the continuation of the individual’s development process, overprotective parental attitude, temperament, parental attachment problems and sensitivity to social events. Generalized Anxiety follows a slow and latent course of development. The symptoms of the ailment show improvements and relapses from time to time. Symptoms often worsen when stressful life events occur. Individuals with generalized anxiety disorder think that they cannot cope with emotional changes, and prefer to wear a constant state of anxiety as a protective armor in order not to experience them.


Studies show that drugs reduce the level of anxiety in Generalized Anxiety Disorder, but you also need psychotherapy in studies on anxiety, one of the most important symptoms.


It can be used to reduce the physical side effects of anxiety and worrying thoughts, to stretch obsessive thought patterns in order to control the concentration process, and to try new coping strategies for individuals.


It can be said that being able to provide body relaxation also has a relaxing effect on the mind. Mind rehearsals do not offer a method that eliminates or ends anxiety, but rather aims to increase the strength of resilience and confront this situation. The results of the latest research have shown that among the causes of fear and anxiety disorders, the person exhibits an excessively rigid attitude to avoid fear and anxiety. With this confrontation, the person learns to see as a whole what anxiety affects his body, mind, behavior and emotions.


While the typical symptoms of depression are negative mood and not being able to enjoy life, physical tension and feeling of tension dominate in anxiety. Insomnia problems are observed late in depression and early in anxiety disorders. While psychomotor slowdown, early morning awakening and delusions are present in depression; The unconsciousness of anxiety differs from depression with features such as cognitive distortions. When the mood state is examined, a depressive mood is observed in depression; Anxiety disorders are dominated by anxiety, anxiety, and loss of control. Studies have shown that anxiety begins at an early age. The social lives and relationships of those with anxiety disorders are much better than those with depression. Anxiety patients are also at higher risk of experiencing depression. If similar symptoms are compared, feelings of worthlessness and rejection, hypersensitivity to arguments, criticism, restlessness, sleep and appetite problems can be seen in both disorders.


I HAVE A HOLY NATURE, ALL AROUND KNOWS THAT : Sometimes people with generalized anxiety disorder may be mistaken in interpreting “anxiety” as a personality trait. Relatives of the person may also reinforce this misconception by normalizing and not encouraging them to seek help. Declining quality of life can cause self-limitation in home and work life and tensions in your relationships.


Traumatic memories experienced during childhood cause greater sensitivity to stressors in the fear-processing regions of the developing brain compared to other parts of the brain. If even one of the anxiety symptoms is observed in children, referral to a mental health professional is needed.


Anxiety is the feeling of tension caused by your feelings that you will experience something bad. These feelings and feelings of tension are naturally present in life. Anxiety can be felt even in daily matters or momentarily changing events in life. Issues that you can feel sensitive about, such as work, health, exams, earnings or child care, which you sensitize with your behavior as time goes by in your life, may cause your anxiety to intensify. When you ask yourself, you can often express that the tension and anxiety you experience is exaggerated or inappropriate with the situation. However, you may experience inadequacies in calming and controlling yourself. In some cases, you may not accept that your current anxiety is excessive and unfounded. However, the more intense and severe your beliefs that your anxiety is uncontrollable, the worsening of your functionality and the transformation of ordinary anxiety into pathological anxiety.

No matter how much you want to get rid of anxiety, worrying when necessary helps you to be prepared to deal with daily problems, and to make quick decisions in case of danger or threat.


  • I don’t trust myself, I can’t complete any job properly, I’m unsuccessful

  • I have a hard time expressing myself to people.

  • It is as if something will happen at any moment, something will happen to the people close to me. I am always worried. My family and friends say it’s nothing to worry about, but I can’t control myself

  • If I am worried about my job performance, I will be more motivated for success.

  • “I do better when I’m worried about upcoming exams, I get worse when I’m not worried”

  • With a weight on my chest, my heart feels like it’s squeezing

  • I quickly forget what I learned in lessons lately, I can’t concentrate

  • I feel like crying for no reason

  • I can’t get the sad events out of my mind.


  1. As soon as you realize you’re starting to worry, keep track of what you’re doing. When you think of your fearful moments, write down what you did to prevent them.

  2. Especially after determining which event or situation you have developed avoidance and avoidance behavior, try to direct how you can avoid these behaviors.

  3. If you feel high anxiety about the event that you think you will experience, try to leave by gradually setting a specific goal by listing the behaviors you avoid from easy to difficult. In this way, it can help you experience “going into anxiety” instead of fighting anxiety.

  4. Instead of blaming or upsetting yourself for what you’ve been through, you can turn to the external (course stress, coronavirus violence) or internal (I’m nervous, sensitive) reasons that are the source of your anxiety.

  5. It is important to learn to endure (like jumping over a fire) instead of fighting your distressing emotions and reducing fear and anxiety as soon as possible, and knowing that anxiety is not an ever-increasing intensity of emotion.

  6. Suffering is an unwanted feeling for all people, but instead of constantly feeding this feeling in your mind as “I can’t take it anymore”, it is valuable to be able to focus on “what can I do with the resources I have”.

  7. You can think of being able to keep walking by not forgetting that the events that you describe as “it always happens like this” in your life, “I can experience good events from time to time and bad events from time to time”.

  8. To be able to understand that the anxiety is not caused by any event (such as YKS exam, being a project manager) but that your way of thinking and perceiving these events, and the coping strategies you have learned before on this subject play an active role.

I EXPECT YOU TO THINK ABOUT: Do you validate your reality with your thoughts or your emotions?

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