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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

We all feel stressed, anxious, or worried from time to time. However, for individuals struggling with generalized anxiety disorder, these worries can be paralyzing, dominating thoughts to the point where it interferes with everyday life.

Creative Care gently guides clients to the roots of their generalized anxiety disorder, eliminating dysfunctional thinking and bridging the mind-body divide. To learn more about the residential mental health treatment program, call us today.

Common Questions About Generalized Anxiety Disorder

About 2% of the population experiences generalized anxiety disorder during any given year, making it one of the more common mental health disorders. However, individuals suffering from it live in a constant state of worry and dread. They feel anxiety out of proportion to the trigger. Another way of looking at it is that it’s the body’s fight-flight-or-freeze response gone awry.

For a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder, individuals experience this reaction to the detriment of daily living for at least six months.

The nature of generalized anxiety disorder means that those struggling with it can feel both emotional and physical symptoms. These symptoms include:

  • Feeling “on edge”
  • Insomnia
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Excessive worry
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Digestive problems
  • Chronic pain

Like most mental health conditions, generalized anxiety disorder is the result of biological and environmental factors. Research relates dysfunction among certain neural pathways to problems with anxiety and mood regulation. Early traumatic experiences such as childhood abuse or neglect are also a major risk factor in the development of generalized anxiety disorder.

Treatment modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy and CBT-informed therapy have proven to be very effective in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Clients learn to recognize dysfunctional thought patterns and formulate alternative, positive coping strategies to deal with stressors. 

EMDR is another method that focuses on getting the mind and the body’s fight-flight-or-freeze response back in sync. Other therapies include yoga and mindfulness techniques to physically center and relax the clients, working in conjunction with the thought-based approaches to healing the individual holistically.

Creative Care has over 30 years of experience helping individuals manage and overcome mental health conditions like generalized anxiety disorder. For compassionate, innovative treatment, call Creative Care today.