Symptoms usually vary in combinations and levels of severity.
- Constant worrying or obsession
- Difficulty concentrating or your mind “going blank”
- Trouble sleeping
- Sweating, nausea or diarrhea
- Muscle tension or aches
- Trembling and often easily started
- Shortness of breath or rapid heartbeat
Feeling anxious from time to time is normal with everyone, even more so with people that live stressful lives. If however, your anxiety is ongoing to the point where it interferes with relationships and day-to-day activities then you may have generalized anxiety disorder. Often worry will completely consume you, especially in stressful situations, but at other times you will still feel anxious about minute things. For example, you may always feel like something bad is about to happen to you. Most people that have this disorder can’t remember the last time they felt relaxed.
This disorder is often developed as a child but sometimes as an adult and usually develops slowly over time so it is hard to catch early on. Because it develops so slowly it’s often hard to distinguish if you have a generalized anxiety disorder, a panic disorder, or obsessive-compulsive disorder but there are a few ways to make the difference. In most cases, however, it occurs alongside other mental conditions, such as other anxiety disorders, substance abuse problems and mood disorders, making it hard to diagnose.
Generalized anxiety disorder is often cured with medications or psychotherapy anxiety remedies over a long period of time but it also could be handled with a few life style changes, coping skills, and/or relaxation techniques. With treatment you may not feel anxious all the time but you could still be susceptible anxiety.
As with most mental health conditions, it’s not completely understood where the disorder originated from. It could be from neurotransmitters in the brain like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine but mostly likely is a mix of that plus genetics, you environment, and stresses you may go though.
Treatment and Anxiety Remedies
The main remedies for a generalized anxiety disorder include medication, psychotherapy, home remedies, or a mix of each. It usually takes a little trial and error to find what works best for you since every person is different.
Antidepressants. These influence the behavior of neurotransmitters on the brain. You may have heard of Prozac, Zoloft, or Paxil.
Buspirone (BuSpar). An anti-anxiety medication.
Benzodiazepines. Sedatives that may provide short-term anxiety relief. These medications are addictive and habit forming so they are not always the best option for everyone. Common Benzodiazepines are Valium, Librium, or Xanax.
Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy includes talk therapy and psychological counseling. This usually requires finding underlying stresses and making a few life changes that will help your anxiety. This can be a very effective remedy for anxiety.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most common types of psychotherapy for generalized anxiety disorder. Cognitive therapy attempts to teach people to identify negative thoughts and replace them with positive. This kind of therapy is usually short term to just teach you how to respond to stressful situations.
Other Home and Lifestyle Remedies
Anything that could reduce the amount of stress that you have to deal with can help out but here is a few major things to look at.
Daily Exercise. Exercise is a good way to reduce stress. Daily exercise usually requires some sort of schedule which will also reduce the amount of stress you may have to deal with.
Healthy Diet. Avoid fatty, sugary and processed foods. Include foods in your diet that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins. The better your body feels the better you will feel overall.
Avoid Alcohol and Sedatives. These may increase the effects of general anxiety disorder.
Relaxation Techniques. These could include yoga or meditation.
Sleep. Lack of sleep puts a strain on your mind and body. Do what you can to always get a good amount of sleep. If you are having problems sleeping you may need to look into that as well.
Herbal Anxiety Remedies
There are quite a few herbal anxiety remedies that could possibly help you reduce stress. Many of these depend on the person on how well they work. Just to name a few:
Kava. This herb is reported to relax you without making you feel sedated.
Valerian. This has a sedative effect and is often used as a sleep aid as well
Vitamin B and folic acid. These affect the production of neurotransmitters your brain needs to function