GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
People with generalized anxiety disorder display excessive anxiety or worry for months and face several anxiety-related symptoms.
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:
- Being easily fatigued.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Muscle tension.
- Difficulty controlling the worry.
- Sleep problems.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is a type of psychotherapy that can help people with anxiety disorders. It teaches a person different ways of thinking, behaving, and reacting to anxiety-producing and fearful situations.
Exposure therapy focuses on confronting the fears underlying an anxiety disorder in order to help people engage in activities they have been avoiding. Exposure therapy is used along with relaxation exercises and/or imagery.
The most common classes of medication used to combat anxiety disorders are antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. Antidepressants take several weeks to start working, they are safe and effective.
The most common anti-anxiety medications are called benzodiazepines, they help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks or extreme fear and worry.