Everyone feels nervous sometimes. Usually it happens before a big event, during a transition period in life — such as moving and getting a new job — or anything that requires a lot of change.
But what if you feel that sickeningly nervous feeling all the time, even when everything is going fine?
You find that, even during calm, good times, you can’t shake the feeling that something is just wrong. Not anything in particular, but just a feeling of dread.
Or maybe you’ve noticed that you’ve been feeling tense, have been experiencing bouts of indigestion after eating, or maybe you’ve been lying awake at night and not getting enough sleep.
Well, it might be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
This anxiety disorder manifests in frequent and excessive, usually irrational worry and dread. Worrying is a normal part of life, but typically, there’s a reason for it, and it only creeps up when there’s actually something to worry about. Unlike social anxiety, which is triggered by social situations, GAD can be triggered by anything.
But for those with GAD, the worry is always there, cutting into the happy, peaceful time, and sometimes even manifesting itself with physical symptoms. In short, it’s miserable.
There is hope, though. Being aware its symptoms means you’ll be better at tracking them. If they only appear when something major is happening, you probably don’t have GAD.
But if you notice they show up, even during good times, consider talking to professionals. They can help teach you tips and tricks to manage your anxiety, and figure out a plan of treatment that works for you.
Read on to see what to look out for.