Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is defined as "excessive anxiety and worry occurring more days than not for a period of at least 6 months about a number of events or activities" (DSM -IV-TR, APA). People suffering with this type of anxiety are caught in a chronic cycle of worry and fear and typically feel anxious about almost everything.
GAD causes a state of constant worry and may be characterised by the absence of any identifiable source. Rather than being concerned about a specific issue the individual will experience worry about a range of areas which can include health, work, relationships, finances, past behaviours or experiences and future fears. The anxiety experienced by a GAD sufferer feels perpetual and intense and can seem as though it occupies every waking moment. Because of the difficulty experienced in trying to control the anxiety the disorder can be particularly distressing.
How can I help you with Anxiety
As well as offering counselling approaches to therapy I use CBT to help with common mental health problems such as anxiety. Being in an anxious state can be enormously distressing and I know from personal experience just how effective CBT can be in helping us to manage our anxiety symptoms on a day-to-day basis - freeing us up so that we can get on with enjoying life again. We may not be able to live lives completely free from anxiety (and some anxiety may even be helpful when it alerts us to a genuine threat) but we can learn skills and techniques that can give us the confidence to do all the things we would usually like to do if we weren't feeling so worried or distressed. GAD is a particularly upsetting form of anxiety because it can feel relentless - it's as though our anxious thoughts and feelings will never leave us alone.
How CBT can help with GAD
CBT is based on the idea that there are links between our thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical sensations and recognizes that we can often get caught in a cycle of unhelpful or negative thinking that influences how we feel and then behave. These negative patterns act to maintain our problems keeping us trapped in a vicious cycle that can feel difficult to break. CBT works by helping us to break these cycles of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours by learning alternative ways to approach our problems and then practising these until they become second nature. Working together in sessions I can help you to understand your anxiety symptoms better so that you don't feel like they dominate your every waking moment and with a little practice you will find your confidence in coping with anxiety will increase. Eventually, you will feel calmer and more relaxed and be able to manage anxiety independently - and on future occasions when you experience anxiety you will be able to confront it instead of feeling overwhelmed by it. If you are feeling anxious please feel free to call me at any time and I will be able to suggest how therapy can help you to feel better soon.
Counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy for adults (18+ individuals and couples) in Harrow, Pinner, Northwood, Northwood Hills, Ruislip, Eastcote, Stanmore, NW London, Watford.