In this video I discuss what is GAD and how you know if you or a loved one is suffering from it. Watch this informative video to find out more information about GAD and learn more about GAD’s symptoms which are mostly associated with excessive feelings of worry. The most common symptom for GAD is simply just worrying all the time constantly about everything and anything—especially when it is totally and completely unnecessary!
How do you know if you are a loved one is plagued by GAD? Some questions that you can ask yourself are as follows:
- Are you worried all the time? Is your worry constant?
- Are you consumed by worry every single day of your life—about everything?
- Do the most mundane things in life make you worry and/or are the bigger things in life overwhelm you constantly?
If you are constantly worried 24/7 then you need to listen to this video and learn more about how anxiety impacts your life. The feeling of constant anxiety is known to be Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is classified as a psychiatric disorder. GAD is characterized by an ongoing sense of worry, anxiety, and fear that interferes disables and disrupts your usual daily life activities. GAD can be debilitating. Watch this video to learn more and to find out what can be done to resolve your constant worrying.
GAD is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide, and in my video, I discuss how to battle this disorder. It is a very uncomfortable disorder to endure on an ongoing basis in your life or the life of a loved one.
Why and how should you treat GAD? GAD causes people an overwhelming feeling of real deep suffering and it typically starts when they are very young but the pain is just too strong to endure. It is essential to take steps to seek treatment for GAD. I discuss in this video the treatment options and what medications are recommended for GAD. Some medications will cause withdrawals when you stop taking them and therefore treatment plan needs to be chosen carefully.
Another item to keep in mind It is that often the symptoms can be confused with a number of other disorders. I discuss them in the video in detail. They range from the following:
- Depression – those suffering from depression are anxious all the time but do not necessarily suffer from GAD.
- Panic Attacks – causes cold sweats, it makes you feel like you are about to die, and also it causes shortness of breath. Panic disorder plague 2% of the population that suffer from it but it isn’t GAD even though they feel anxious in between attacks on a constant basis. Those suffering from panic attacks are constantly worrying regarding when their next attack may come along.
- Agoraphobia is the fear of going places – such as seating in a crowded theater or getting inside an elevator.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – causes people to have flashbacks, nightmares, and it consists of a different cluster of symptoms than GAD.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – causes one to feel anxious because they believe they have not done enough things to avoid the ‘bad things’ they anticipate happening to them or their family. For example, constantly washing their hands so they don’t contaminate food they are about to eat.
- Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder) – are people who get extremely anxious around other people. One of my patients with extreme social phobia resolved the issue through TMS treatments. Please listen to the video to learn about his unique case of GAD combined with the social phobia disorder
Medication treatments should be chosen carefully. At times those suffering from GAD try to resolve their anxiety by turning to alcohol. Alcohol is abused by those suffering from GAD because it causes a person to feel “normal” and diffuses the feelings caused by GAD. Substance abusers and those suffering from depression can also cause one to develop GAD. In this video, I give examples of different patients I’ve had and how we resolved their GAD.
GAD is a real disorder that needs to be treated by a psychiatrist. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from GAD please listen to my informative video and learn about your options or call us now at (212) 362-9635 to book your appointment.