Mental Health Monday: Anxiety
Hello, world, and welcome to my first edition of Mental Health Monday! This is going to be the part of the week where I focus on different mental illnesses, their symptoms, and how to get help if you need it. Today, we’re focusing on anxiety.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is identified as severe feelings of ongoing anxiety that interrupt or interfere with everyday life. GAD is a common mental illness (more than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with GAD a year), and it can be easily treated by a medical professional.
The psychological symptoms for GAD include:
- Lack of concentration
- Excessive worry
- Emotional distress
- Thoughts repeating over and over in the head
The physical and behavioral symptoms for GAD include:
- Lack of sleep
If your feelings of anxiety are interfering with your everyday life or you have several of these symptoms, talk to your doctor and see what he/she recommends for treatment. If you are a young teen, talk to your parents about your feelings of anxiety and ask if you can also talk to a doctor about your feelings.
Treatment for GAD can be anything from medication to therapy to self-care at home. It all just depends on the type of anxiety you have and what your doctor recommends for you.
I deal with GAD myself, so I understand what you guys are going through. If you have any questions about anxiety, the symptoms, or how to get help, just email me or comment on this post.
If you do have anxiety, remember that you are not alone on this journey and there are plenty of ways to ease your anxiety and get help. However, these things go beyond just taking a bath and doing some breathing exercises. Sometimes, those things might not work for you, and that’s okay. Just ask your doctor for some of the best ways to manage your anxiety at home or if you don’t have access to your medication at that specific point in time.
Have a lovely day!