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What is General Anxiety Disorder Really?

Panic Attacks are known by medical professionals as General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). This condition is marked by excessive anxiety and apprehension about the mudnae things about daily life.

Panic Disorder is one among the several types of anxiety disorders. People with this disorder experience fear and physical symptoms as well, such as, palpitation, sweating which launch themselves without any advance notice. It often occurs with obvious reasons.

Generally, GAD occur in non-threatening situations. People with this disorder get terrified and extremely worried. They often wonder whther they are losing their minds or whther they are going to have a cardiac related problem.

GAD is also characterized by the fact that peole suffering from the condition have a relentless persistent fear of further panic attacks, which leads them to seek ways to avoid situations they think will cause an attack.

People with GAD tend to always expect disaster and can't stop worrying about health, money, family, work or school. In people with GAD, the worry often is unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation.

Daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear and dread. Eventually, the anxiety so dominates the person's thinking that it interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities and relationships.

What Are the Symptoms of GAD?

General Anxiety Disorder affects a person in many ways including, physically, mentally and emotionally. Briefly, Symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder include:

1) Palpitations or a pounding heart
2) Unusual sweating of the palms sole's of the feet.
3) Trembling
4) Difficluties if breathing without effort.
5)A feeling of choking or feeling a shortness of breath.
6) Discomfor and/or pain in the chest.
7) Nauseating feelings
8) A feeling of dizziness, and that one is going to pass off.
9) Difficluty in sleep - falling off to sleep or excessive sleep
10) Tingling sensations and alos numbness of the limbs
11)Fear ofDeath
12) Fear of losing ones sanity, sense of control and of losing your mind.
13) In addition, people with GAD often suffer from depression, abuse ofdrugs or alcohol.

In additon to these, after the first couple of panic attacks, a sense of worry over recurrence of the panic attacks grips the person. These worries could also be specific with regards to the first occurence of a panic attack.

People with GAD largely try to avoid situations - imagined or real - that they feel could trigger off a panic attack.

As a consequence, people suffering GAD are affected in their daily living, their mental health and their work.
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