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Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Women

Lots of women first develop generalized anxiety disorder during childhood

GAD and Women


Studies have shown that while 19 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders each year, of that number, the majority of them are women.

Feeling anxious is quite normal — until and unless it starts interfering with one’s day-to-day life, or preventing one from reaching their goals. In fact, normal anxiety is a contributing factor to helping us get things accomplished — especially in women.

What most people don’t realize is that many women suffer from generalized anxiety disorder. Women are “natural born worriers” for the most part, but there are those women who suffer a bit more than others. Women who suffer from GAD worry about everything, and that fear brings about physical problems, such as headaches, muscle tension, an inability to relax, fatigue, lack of focus, and more.

Would you believe that many of these women first develop GAD during childhood?

It is true — and because of this, they never even realize that there is a problem. In fact, they often will assume that everyone worries as much as they do. It’s completely “normal” as far as they are concerned, because it has always been a part of their lives. Most of these women cope very well with the anxiety — simply because they are used to it.

Then there are those who have never suffered from GAD, and actually never have had worried more than anyone else about things. Suddenly, they are overwhelmed with anxious feelings. And because this is new, and they are not used to it, it becomes a huge thing to worry about — on top of whatever else they may be worrying about.

Often, for women, the cause of the anxiety in this situation is hormonal changes. Estrogen and progesterone levels change over time. In fact, a woman is likely to experience more anxiety during PMS, perimenopause, menopause, and even pregnancy. Estrogen affects the levels of serotonin that the brain is producing. This serotonin gives us our “sense of well-being.”

For lots of women, the anxiety passes as either time or medication puts the hormone levels back into check. Other women may discover that they have been suffering from GAD for most of their lives, with the change in hormone levels drastically elevating the condition.

In any case, there is treatment and help available. You can go through life without so much worry and anxiety.

Seniors and Depression

Elderly people are often hiding their depression

Just as teenage depression has received more recognition and validation over the last decade, depression in senior citizens has also gained more attention. Teenagers are facing loads of issues — and seniors are as well, even though the effects are quite different.

Depression in ElderlySenior citizens have many worries. They are facing getting older and less capable of caring for themselves. They may be worried about outliving the funds they have set aside for their retirement. They may be facing significant changes, such as moving from their home to a retirement community or nursing home. They are also finding themselves surviving their friends.

One of the major concerns about depression in seniors is that the symptoms are not nearly as easy to identify as they would be in a child or a middle-aged adult. Senior citizens rarely tell people that they are depressed, and may not even recognize it as such. Even when the signs are noticed, they are often mistaken for other medical problems associated with age.

If a senior citizen stops taking part in active activities, this is a red flag. For instance, if an elderly lady has been going to get her hair done every week, for the last 30 years or so, and suddenly stops, you cannot assume that she just got old and stopped worrying about what her hair looked like. The culprit is probably depression. Think about the things that the elderly person had done before, and what they have recently stopped doing.

What you must remember is that today’s seniors may still consider depression to be a bad thing that one must hide from others. When they were children and then later, raising their families, if someone suffered from a mental condition — including depression — that person was thought to be either “crazy” or “incompetent.”

Naturally, since they were raised and lived in this mindset, they will try to hide their depressed feelings if and when they occur.

Senior seldom tells about their depression.

Anxiety Often Interferes With Life

Anxiety can be as if one is suffering from a physical disability

Everyone deals with stress in their lives. Everyone also feels anxious from time to time, and this is perfectly normal. But the fear can become abnormal, and if this happens, it will start interfering in your life. Something like that can significantly reduce your quality of life, just as if you were suffering from a physical disability. In fact, anxiety can become a type of physical disability.

Anxious and Depressed GirlAnxiety will prevent you from doing things that you want to do. People who are socially anxious can see that anxiousness progress to the point where they do not want to leave their homes. They will start avoiding crowded places, or places or events where they might be required to socialize with other people. They may even start fearing the telephone.

Obviously, all of these things combined serve to lessen the quality of that person’s life — keeping them from socializing with old friends, failing to meet new friends, and failing to participate in particular experiences.

Anxiousness will also prevent you from fully enjoying vital aspects of your life, such as your children or grandchildren, hobbies, or your career. Those who suffer from an anxiety disorder can fill their minds with such enormous amounts of worry that there is little room to enjoy the things that are useful in their lives. They simply cannot stop worrying.

Stress can lead to physical and mental problems. Anxiousness in ChildrenDepression is a common result of anxiety, as are constant tension headaches. These other mental and physical conditions also play a role in lowering one’s quality of life.

People who often are anxious do not sleep well. When we’ve had enough sleep, we see the world around us in a more positive light. With the lack of sleep, however, things often appear to be “gloomier” than they really are.

Despite the fact that things aren’t as gloomy as we might think, the quality of life is lessened even more because our perception of what is going on around us is all that we really have to go by in life.

Anxiety does have an enormous impact on one’s overall life, and, therefore, if you are suffering from anxiety, you should seek treatment as soon as possible, so that your life — and your perception of your life — can get back on the right track.

Anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand!

Dealing with Stress and Coping in the 21st Century

Modern day life is so fast paced that it leads to increasing episodes of stress.

It is quite common for each one of us to experience stress, be it the workplace or at home. While it is not possible to eliminate stress altogether, we can survive by changing our response to stressing and how we deal with it.

Nervous and StressedWhen you are constantly under pressure, not only are you facing mental strain, but your body also become dysfunctional and suffer physically. Stress might have antagonistic effects on your health and your general health might go south. You might be easily affected by hypertension, heart ailments and problems like diabetes, eating disorders, etc.

For this reason, it is essential to get pressure head on and deal with it and head to reduce stress levels. Let us now learn a few steps to help control and cope with stress.

Understand the Cause for Stress

Many people worry for anything and everything. Sometimes they do not even realize they are worrying and are getting stressed out. If you are feeling stressed, understand why you are feeling stressed. Sometimes the cause is so trivial that you will understand that you need not be stressed for that cause. So, by understanding the cause for stress, you may be able to eliminate the stress altogether.

Forget Your Worries

Sometimes it is essential to let go of everything and forget your worries. Find something else to do so that you are not worrying. Find time to pursue a hobby, go on a vacation, play a sport, sing if you can, etc are some of the ways that people try to eliminate stress and cope with it.

Do not fret about Things you have any Control Over

Some people are stressed because of some general occurrence such as a calamity, the traffic situation while driving, how your local team performed in the annual meet, etc. Understand that this is a situation where you have no say and avoid getting stressed due to such reasons.

Healthy Food Can Reduce StressEat Right

Stress can cause severe disturbances to eating habits. While some might skip meals altogether, others might tend to overeat. Eat right! This is essential to help you cope up with stress and be able to deal with it.

Exercise will help you relieve stress as this is a major stress buster. Not only will it help eliminate stress, it will also help you overcome problems associated with stress like hypertension, heart ailments, diabetes, etc.

In the course of our everyday life stress is a serious problem that each and everyone. It is possible to alter the way we react to stress and thus not get into many health problems that are associated with increased stress, although we cannot eliminate stress from our lives.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder – GAD

GAD – More than a Worrywart.

Everybody worries from time to time, but a person worrying extends to interrupt daily life and cause debilitating anxiety, those persons may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or, in short – GAD. While people with GAD may start out by worrying about everyday things, this disorder can easily take over people’s life and be the cause other medical problems. If one thinks they have GAD, one should see a doctor immediately and talk about various treatment options.

General Anxiety DisorderPeople with GAD worry about everyday things like money, health, relationships, and jobs. It is normal to worry about these things, even on a daily basis. However, if a person has GAD, worries are constant and excessive, and in many cases, irrational. People diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder are often distracted and consumed with fear. These things are something that is difficult to think about, and it is difficult to do anything else but think of all that worries. To be worried is a part of life for everyone – from the moment one awakes to the moment one falls asleep, but that worries have no real foundation in reality.

Numerous of symptoms occur as a result of GAD. Such as; squeamishness, muscle tension, sleeping problems, exhaustion, breathing difficulties, changes in appetite, sweating or hot flashes, headache and restlessness. Medical professionals do not yet know what causes GAD. Treatment and diagnosis can, therefore, sometimes be difficult. If some of these symptoms are experiencing and one find they are worrying often, one should seek for medical help with what could be Generalized Anxiety Disorder.Anxious

It is essential to be extremely specific about the symptoms since treatment for GAD begins with ruling out other anxiety disorders. Treatment that works well can than include both therapy and medication. Every person worries in a different way, so every person needs different treatment, as well. To find the best form of medical treatment for his or hers GAD situations one should always work together with a doctor. Work with one`s own body`s wants and needs.

No matter why people have developed GAD, they can get help. Most people suffering from GAD do not know that they can be helped.

If people find themself constantly consumed with worries, they should talk to a doctor immediately to find out how medical treatment can help.
One may feel as though there is always something to worry about – from having enough money to pay for bills to getting that job promotion. In a normal life, one may think about these things at least once or twice a day.
A doctor can help achieve this, even if one has GAD.

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