Generalized Anxiety Disorder (also known as GAD) is defined as “severe, ongoing anxiety that interferes with daily activities” by the medical world. With more than 3 million reported cases in the world, this is a very common condition. It is definitely treatable, either with counseling or medication, depending on a patient’s preference.
Symptoms are similar to those of panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Patients can experience racing thoughts, restlessness, irritability, fatigue, and back pain. Everyone is different and one person will react differently than another.
Mental health is an important topic that gets skipped over for all kinds of reasons. When I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, I didn’t know that there was such a community of people who felt the same as I had. Self-care is a major component to living with an anxiety disorder. Below are a few things that I have found help me in the past few years since my diagnosis.
Tip 01: Be as honest as you want to be.
Remember that you don’t owe anyone an explanation for how you feel. No matter what is going on in your head, it is no one else’s business unless you trust them. Trust your gut when deciding how to deal with what you are feeling.
Tip 02: Feel confident in seeking professional help.
We are all human and we can not do this on our own. Seeking professional help is not a sign of defeat. It is a sign of strength and compassion towards yourself. Everyone wants to feel and be happy and healthy. Sometimes we need a professional to show us the way. There is never anything wrong with asking for help. Ever.
Tip 03: Find what works for you.
A big key, that I have found, is things that make my mind feel a little better. For me, it is cartoons. Find things that make you feel better each day. Whether it is a certain beauty regime to an emotional support animal, there is something for everyone. This is not a quick fix, but it can help you get your head straight so you can figure out what you need.