“Don’t Believe Everything You Think.”
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a mental condition of increased worrying. Sufferers usually try and cope with a sense of inevitable doom about money, children, family, or job, etc. However, unlike normal cases, such worrying tends to hamper the daily life of people with GAD. The condition is generally accompanied by depression.
There are many myths and misconceptions about GAD. Presented below are top 3 myths about Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
1. It is believed that people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder tend to blow EVERY little thing out of proportion.
- However, the truth of the matter is the fact that GAD sufferers are not really dramatic over every aspect of their lives. We must understand the difficulty that GAD sufferers have with the most important aspects of their lives, and be able to support them in re-structuring their thought patterns and perceptions.
- All of us tend to worry about our children. We worry about them adjusting to school when they begin kindergarten; we worry about their safety when they begin driving; we worry about tuition, grades, and different choices made by our children when they start attending college.
- Thus, all of us tend to be anxious about varied issues that we care for. However, anxiety in people with GAD tends to be serious and the worrying is excessive and constant. The anxious thoughts do not go away even when affected people try really hard to avoid being anxious. Sufferers usually know that their thoughts and worrying are irrational, but the feelings about unforeseeable bad things and associated anxiousness in those few aspects of life does not cease, despite the loved ones reminding them about the illogical nature of their thoughts.
2. GAD patients tend to fake anxiety attacks or panic attacks so as to get attention
- The reality however is the fact that panic and anxiety attacks are real for sufferers, and it can be very scary! Many people with GAD have landed up in the emergency room during an episode thinking that they have just had a cardiac arrest or some other serious condition. It is only after diagnosis of the symptoms and their subsequent alleviation with drug therapy, that people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder realize that the episode was due to increased anxiety.
- An anxiety or panic attack episode tends to happen rapidly. Affected people may experience shaking, breathing difficulties, intense pain in chest, and rapid heartbeats. In all of these cases, patients do not seek attention of others, but just need and want such adverse symptoms to cease.
3. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder do not like socializing
- The truth is, like all of us, people with GAD also want to socialize. However, they are unable to do so due to them being in a constant state of worry about everything. They are continuously worrying about disappointing others and suffer from a fear of failure or of making a mistake; this eventually prevents them from being a social person.
- Anxiety tends to become worse when affected people have increasing percentage of negative thoughts and the cycle of negative thoughts tend to be constant, thereby adversely affecting their ability to socialize.
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