Generalized anxiety disorder is a state of persistent, unrelated or unrelated excessive anxiety that is unrelated to the situation. People are in a state of alarm in all kinds of situations that may be encountered in the flow of daily life. They may act as if every step taken, every phone ringing is a harbinger of disaster, things will only get worse and the world is coming to an end. These people, who can be described as “overly anxious”, are often aware of their high level of anxiety but do not know how to control it. People who are unaware may make excuses for their worries and try to make it plausible. When problems start in their daily lives, when family members say that they are distressed by this situation, and when the person feels that they can no longer live with this anxiety, they apply for help.
In addition to physical complaints such as unexplained fatigue, inability to fall asleep and waking up frequently at night, frequent headaches and muscle aches, difficulty in swallowing, tremors and twitches, sweating, intolerance/quick boredom, nausea, dizziness/vertigo, and hot flashes, attention and Symptoms such as concentration difficulties, startle easily at the slightest noise, sighing, and sudden movement are common. Presence of anxiety almost every day for at least six months, persistence throughout the day, and impairment in functionality are diagnostic criteria.
Many factors such as genetic factors, neuro-chemical changes in the brain, personality traits and stressful life events can cause generalized anxiety. In its treatment, psychotherapy and medication are used after clinical evaluation. Depending on how long the condition has been going on, the duration of treatment varies.
Phrases that can often be heard from people with generalized anxiety:
“It’s like I’m sitting on the thorn.”
“I always feel like something bad is going to happen.”
“When the phone rings, I think, ‘Someone is dead, for sure,’ and I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack.” “I am so nervous that my heart is pounding all the time.”
“I just can’t relax.”
“I want to relax, but I can’t.”
“I always have the thought that something will happen to my children.”