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Showing posts with label generalized anxiety disorder. Show all posts
Showing posts with label generalized anxiety disorder. Show all posts

MENTAL ILLNESS AWARENESS WEEK: GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER


Generalized Anxiety Disorder (or GAD) is characterized by exaggerated anxiety and the tendency to worry about everyday life with no  reason for worry. People with symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder tend to always expect disaster and can't stop worrying. Daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the anxiety dominates the person's thinking so that it interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities, and relationships.

According to WebMD, Benzodiazepines including XanaxLibriumValium and Ativan are used to treat GAD.  Antidepressants such as PaxilEffexorProzacLexapro, and Zoloft are also used.

Panic attacks are common with people diagnosed with GAD.  I had to find that out the hard way. I used to work with someone who had GAD, but I really didn't know what it fully entailed because she always seemed okay. She never had an episode at work, and she always seemed upbeat. One day, she and I went to Big Lots on our lunch break. I forgot what I was looking for, but she wanted a purple hair clip.  There was this huge box in the center of the store filled with exactly what she was looking for - hair clips, in all colors.

I didn't see it then - you know, the set up. Honestly, what are the odds of there being a box of hair clips sitting in the middle of the aisle? She looked in that box, looked at me, then started screaming. I didn't know what was going on. After the screaming, she sat down on the floor Kumbaya style and started rocking back and forth. She had a panic attack, and I hear that was one of the worse kinds to have. Some people get light-headed and need fresh air. This woman screamed like I did something horrible. I was totally embarrassed. Time was winding down. I had to leave her there. I went back to my job and clocked in after she told me to go on.

When she got back to work, she apologized to me for the scene she caused. She told me that she just wanted one purple hair item, but there were hundreds in all colors. That set her off. Just listening to her explain told me that she had a mental issue. I later found out that her marriage was the reason for her GAD.  When she got rid of him, things got better. She even stopped taking her Xanax.

Personal situations can cause a number of mental issues.Living right and not settling for mediocre companionship is a huge step toward mental stability. Have you ever seen a panic attack?  Have you ever had one?