During hard times, we all worry, but the question is how much is too much? Do you excessively worry about “big” things like, your job, family, your health, and your finances? Do you worry about “small” everyday situations like household chores, errands, and being late for appointments? Do you want to stop worrying but you can’t stop or control it? Are your worries keeping you awake at night? Are they negatively affecting your ability to concentrate in your job or everyday tasks? Do you get really anxious because you are not sure if you’ll be able to get through the day because of all your worries? Do you believe that your concerns are real and that they must be resolved right away? You may not be sure of the solution, so you spend a lot of time “worrying” and trying to figure things out. The truth is, everything in the world is uncertain and yes, we may lose our jobs, a family member may get cancer or have a fatal accident. There is no end to your worries. If it is not the family, it may be your job, or it may be a natural disaster, but there is always something to worry about.
Are all these excessive worries having a negative effect on your relationships, your job, school and overall life function? Do you feel irritable, restless, fatigued, experience muscle tension and have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? If your answer is yes to most of these questions, you may be struggling with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. You may want to consult with your medical provider and s/he may recommend cognitive-behavioral therapy. Your medical provider may give you options regarding medication as well.
Once you are in treatment, you will learn the correct skills to help you decrease all your worries. Among the skills your therapist will teach you are the following: You will learn to keep a thought record. You and your therapist will talk about your thinking errors. You will recognize them and learn how to correct them. You will learn relaxation techniques and learn to accept uncertainty.