Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

The treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder is one of Dr Crawford’s specialty interests. GAD is an anxiety disorder that is characterised by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry about everyday events.  People with GAD feel anxious on most days.  Sufferers typically predict disasters and are usually concerned about issues such as their own or their family’s health, work or family issues, fear of death, or money.  They may also experience physical symptoms including muscle tension, headaches, fatigue, nausea, loose stools, hot flushes, restlessness, and irritability.

Do the checklist below to give you an indication of the possibility of having GAD.   If, for six months or more, on most days you have:

Felt very worried
Have found it difficult to stop worrying
Have had difficulty with everyday activities
Often thought or said “yes, but what if…….(some catastrophe) happens”
Felt on edge or agitated
Have had difficulty concentrating
Difficulty making decisions or concentrating
Felt irritable
Experienced muscle pain (jaw or shoulders)
Have had difficulty sleeping (falling or staying asleep)

The bad news is that, left untreated, these symptoms can quickly take over your life.  The good news is that GAD is highly treatable so it is important to see a mental health professional as soon as you can.

Typical number of sessions required

Characteristically, for people suffering GAD, progress is initially slow as they struggle with their “yes but what if….” questions and worries. However, when they start noticing improvement, progress from that point is usually very rapid. Typical number of session required range from 6 – 12.

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