WHAT IS “EXCESSIVE AND UNCONTROLLABLE” WORRY?
Obviously, everybody worries from time to time. This is normal. But stress becomes a issue when it happens almost every day, and becomes “excessive” and “uncontrollable”. What this means is that people with GAD worry too much, they worry more than others would, and they find it hard to stop worrying once they start. Few amazing question to ask yourself if you think you might have GAD include:
- Do I worry a lot more than other people do?
- Do people tell me that I worry too much?
- Do I worry even when everything is OK
- Do I try to figerout to keep busy or distract myself as a way to avoid worrying?
- Is it very difficult for me to stop worrying once I start?
How Else Can I Know If I Might Have GAD?
1. A common feature of GAD is that the worries often have a “chaining” effect, that is, one worry will lead to many others.
For example, you might start off by thinks,
- “I have a many things or ideas or reports rite for work; what if I don’t do it well?” This could lead to increase problems for others, such as,“What if my boss fires me? What if I can’t find another job?
- “What if I don’t have enough money to pay the bills?”
- “What if I can’t pay the mortgage for the house? Where would we live?”
- “What if I can’t afford to send the kids off to university?”
What Do People with GAD Worry About?
The Important part, people with progress worry about the same things that others worry about, they just worry more and more often than other people. Few Things GAD worry include: Worries about minor matters, such as punctuality and small decisions:
- “What if I’m late for my appointment?”
- “What if I go see this movie and I don’t like it? What if there is a movie that I would like better?”
Worries about work or school, such as exams, performance at work or in class:
- “What if I failed my test?”
- “What if I choose the wrong career path?”
- “What if I don’t finish this report on time?”
Worries about friends and family, such as relationships, getting along with others:
- “What if my parents get divorced?”
- “What if my child gets injured while playing hockey?”
- “What if I choose an outing for some friends and no one enjoys themselves? What if they blame me for not having a good time?”
Worries about stamina, such as self health or the health of loved ones:
- “What i do if me any my family member or I get cancer or some other serious disease?”
- “What if my husband gets into a car accident?”
Worries about the future and the world; such as the environment, war in the world
- “What if there is a hurricane in my city?”
- “What if in 20 years I don’t have enough money to retire?”
What Does GAD Feel Like in the Body?
Although the main symptom of GAD is worry, most people first notice the discomfort they feel in their bodies, rather than the worrisome thoughts. In fact, many people with GAD will visit their family doctors because of their physical discomfort, and they often will not even mention that they worry excessively.
Some of the main feeling that worry can increase to are:
- Physical feelings of anxiety (e.g. heart racing, sweating, stomach discomfort)
- Feeling fidgety, restless or unable to sit still
- Sleep problems: this can include having a hard time falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night, or having a restless and unsatisfying sleep
- Difficulty paying attention or concentrating
- Being easily fatigued
- Muscle pains (often in the neck and shoulders)
WHAT DOES “WORRY” LOOK LIKE?
Worry includes thoughts about the bad things and events that might happen in the future. It usually begins as a “what if” question:
- What i will do caught in traffic and late for work? My Owner or boss might be angry with me and he might even fired me. What if I can’t find another job and my friends and family think I’m a failure?
- I have to buy new curtains for the kitchen: What if I buy curtains and then find better or cheaper ones later on? What if I buy new furniture at some point and the curtains I bought don’t match the furniture?