Generalized Anxiety Disorder Counselling

People all around feel anxiety at any stage of their lives. For instance, a certain person can have fear and disquiet of exams, for any interview, etc. For that time being, feeling anxious can be normal. But when it comes to controlling them, some people fail to govern this anxiety that leads to many other severe conditions like Panic Attacks, some phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia

What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety is basically a sensation of restlessness, like concern or dread, that could be minor or major. In the moments when anxiety can’t be controlled and becomes a long-term disorder, it is known as “Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)”.

This GAD is such a worse illness than other disorders that a person, fallen prey to this disorder, start thinking about other issues as soon as he resolves the first problem. For someone with Generalized anxiety disorder, overthinking is a normal state of mind. They tend to overthink too much and often have very little control over their thinking.

How to find a Generalized Anxiety Disorder Therapist

If you are looking to find the perfect Generalized Anxiety Disorder therapist it is crucial to make sure that they have the appropriate qualifications, knowledge and experience. At Expat Therapy 4U we only accept therapists who have full professional proficiency in English and are highly experienced in working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds. The clinicians we approve share our values and commitment to provide high quality therapy to the expatriate community in the private sector across Europe and online worldwide. We strongly believe that therapy changes lives, and being accredited ensures all our therapists are qualified to a high standard. You can find a Generalized Anxiety Disorder therapist who is insured to practice and accredited with a recognised membership body online here.

What are the signs of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Adults?

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) indications differ from a person to person. But the most possible symptoms that have been observed mutual amongst the adult victims, are the following:

  • Continuously upsetting and distress about many types of situations that are out of share to the influence of events.
  • Overthinking for campaigns and resolutions up to all possible worst-case results.
  • Observing conditions and events as hostile, even if they are not.
  • The trouble about controlling hesitations.
  • Incapability to forget an apprehension or putting it aside for a while.
  • Incapability to rest, staying edgy, extremely keyed up for an event, etc.
  • Facing difficulties during making concentrations in a task
  • Feeling like the mind is completely gone blank.

Above are the conditions that are related to the mind psychic of a person.

Besides these, a patient may show some physical symptoms as well that are given below:

  • Irritability
  • Tiredness
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Sensing fidgety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle aches or tensions
  • Biliousness or looseness of the bowels.

There is a possibility that these worries don’t fully devour a victim, but there is also the possibility that a certain person yet is worried for no obvious reason. Such worries result in various negative effects on many areas of life and make a person fall a victim to GAD.

What are the signs of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Children?

A child suffering from GAD may:

  • Try to be a perfectionist
  • Lack of confidence
  • Have recurrent upset-stomach
  • Attempt for endorsement
  • Need masses of reassurance regarding his performances
  • Spend much of his time in schoolwork exercises
  • Do a task from scratch because of imperfection at first attempt
  • Circumvent going to school or communal get-togethers

What are the causes of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

There are no certain precise reasons that cause the GAD but some factors, that are found associated with its growth, are stated below:

Genetic Factors

Research studies have made known that generalized anxiety disorder can be passed on from generation to generation. Family history of a patient plays a key role in building GAD in that certain offspring whose parents or either of them had been a victim of GAD.

Environmental Factors

Traumatic past, distressful incidents, like physical abuses, expiry of a beloved one, break-ups, shifting jobs, and schools, may take part in the development of GAD. It also noticed that GAD becomes worse during stages of stress. Victims of such situations often struggle to find an escape from these conditions but end up surrounded by addictive elements like binge drinking, drugs, and even thoughts of suicide, which worsen the condition.

Chemicals of Brain

Unevenness of the chemicals in the brain like serotonin and noradrenaline, causes a great negative impact on the mental health which indirectly becomes a reason for GAD development. These are the most important neurotransmitters which control mood swings, types of thoughts, and reflexive changes in cardiovascular tone.

Recommended treatments for GAD

By far, none of the measures have been standardized that may work perfectly to avoid generalized anxiety disorder, but several treatments are here that actually help to reduce the severity of GDA, and ultimately, it ends.

These comprise of: CBT, medication and lifestyle changes.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Victims of Generalized Anxiety Disorder are usually made to take part in CBT. Through this, they realize how to handle their mood swings, their way of thinking, and their behaviors and responses to any situation. CBT helps patients setting their minds by guiding them to think about the uncertainties in a more realistic way.


Several drugs, available in the market, that are actually helpful to lessen the severity of depression and anxiety. Although these medicines are supposed to use while keeping in mind that these will reduce the sternness of GDA for a short time, yet these are helpful to unburden the negative thoughts. These drugs also called “Minor-Tranquilizer”, work very well in dropping the intensity of anxiety. Their indirect method is to condense the pain of muscles, tensions, and edginess. If the consultant advises, other antidepressants, such as Cymbalta, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and Effexorcan also be used for the long term according to the condition of the patient. Additionally, these antidepressants have been found working perfectly to help a patient and to keep him on a safer side.

Lifestyle Changes

Having an active lifestyle and paying close attention to your sleeping patterns can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Also, try to socialize more and keep yourself occupied in healthy activities. The more distracted you are in healthy activities, the easier it is for you to evade symptoms of GAD.

Find a Generalized Anxiety Disorder Therapist through the Expat Therapy 4U platform

General Anxiety Disorder is a mental health disorder that can make your life harder than it needs to be. Although, it can be difficult to deal with but it is also treatable to a great extent.

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About Expat Therapy 4U

Expat Therapy 4U is the result of 5 years’ experience running The International Psychology Clinic, the first private therapy service based in London specialized in multilingual and multicultural therapy.

The platform is run by Dr Martina Paglia. Dr Martina is a leading dual qualified Clinical and Counselling psychologist who helps patients by providing bespoke psychological services including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy in London and online worldwide.

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