General Anxiety Disorder

What Is General Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety is an emotion that almost everyone experiences at one point in time.  It’s an emotion of distress or uneasiness that is stimulated by uncertainty, fear or eagerness.  The emotion of anxiety can physically affect your over all wellbeing.  Anxiety can progress over time or from certain events in life.  Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is when a person has excessive anxiety about everyday life events, and it is often difficult to control.  People who have GAD tend to be in a constant state of worry. 

Signs Of General Anxiety Disorder

The feeling of being anxious is not the only symptom that occurs when people have GAD.  Because anxiety can be a plain emotion or a mental disorder, it’s common that those who are actually experiencing anxiety encounter several symptoms.  Diagnosing anxiety involves a wide range of emotional and physical symptoms.


  • Overwhelming or Intense Emotions (panic, fear, uneasiness, eagerness, being nervous, feeling endangered etc.)
  • Excessive sweating at certain periods of time
  • Cold or sweaty palms
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Inability to remain calm
  • Physical issues that occur at particular times (numbness, trembling, tingling, stomach churns, reoccurring headaches, feeling of choking, dizziness, light headed etc.)
  • Muscle tension
  • Inability to stay still (foot tapping or rubbing your body)
  • Nausea
  • Heart rate increase or heart palpitations
  • Inability to remain calm
  • Shortness of breath (Hyperventilating)
  • Dry Mouth
  • Health conditions that are triggered by stress 
What Causes General Anxiety Disorder

Studies have shown that GAD is caused by a combination of environmental factors and brain changes.  Anxiety can stem from a number of events and emotions that can happen once or be recurring.  The most common causes of Anxiety are traumatic experiences or stress.  Our ability to store memories helps us distinguish how to react to certain events that may occur in life.  When your body cannot undergo the process of cognitive thinking, it can cause the emotion of anxiety.  Anxiety, as we know it, can occur temporarily or progress into a traumatic experience.  Below are some of the common causes for anxiety.


  • Excessive amounts of stress (work, school, finances, relationships)
  • Traumatic experience (accidents, abuse, death, separation etc.)
  • Substance Abuse
  • Certain medications
  • Certain Weight Loss supplements
  • Caffeine
  • Home or Work Environments (uncomfortable, excessively loud, dangerous, unpredictable)
  • Withdrawal from substance abuse or cigarette smoking
  • Certain brain structures
  • Genetics
  • Thyroid Issues or hormonal gland complications
  • Mental Illness Disorder

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Natural Remedies
  • Exercising can help relieve the body of stress and anxiety.  Exercising releases dopamine, a chemical in the body that is a neurotransmitter, which helps the brain distinguish happy and sad feelings.  When you’re exercising, your focus is not on the stressful things life, it’s simply about the way you feel.  Tai Chi and Yoga are great examples of exercises that help reduce the constant feeling of anxiety.
  • Schedule relaxation time.  Most people are so busy with their everyday life activities that they forget to schedule time to just unwind.  It’s a great way to recondition your body.  Relaxation time can consist of anything from vacationing, looking at calming visuals, listening to tranquil sounds, alone time, or even taking a walk can help you relax and forget about your anxiety.
  • Performing breathing exercises can help you deal with anxiety and the situation at hand.  Breathing helps calm your nerves and it can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.  It also helps balance the mind and body.
  • Calm down with scents.  The metaphysics approach to GAD can also be a great natural remedy.  Calming scents like lavender and valerian, or the use of energized crystals and sea salt, can help bring your level of anxiousness down. 
  • Seek therapy.  Therapy is an ideal thing to do to help get to the core of GAD.  It helps people find the stimulant of their anxiety, helping them to better understand how they developed anxiety and why it’s recurring.  Talking about issues and concerns always helps free yourself of the things you’re constantly thinking about. 
  • Make sleep a priority.  Not getting enough rest can trigger negative brain activity.  A healthy sleeping pattern can help alleviate anxiety, providing you with the energy you need for everyday life encounters.
  • Meditation is a useful approach to help with GAD.  Sitting in silence in a certain position, eliminating negative thoughts and incorporating breathing exercises, helps to bring tranquility and relaxation.  Meditation helps reduce your stress levels and gives your brain the break it needs.
  • Avoid caffeine, processed foods, sugar, alcohol and any unnatural substances.  These kinds of foods and substances tend to stimulate anxiety and often enable your ability to handle the situation at hand.
Things you should eat
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Valerian
  • Blueberries
  • Avocado
  • Bananas
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Acai Berries (powder or dried)
  • Almonds
  • Maca Root
  • Oranges
  • Leafy Green Vegetables (Kale, spinach, Swiss Chard)
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