Antoinette Copley Therapy

Antoinette Copley Counselling & Psychotherapy
Counselling for Courage to Change

Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterised by excessive worry and anxiety about everyday life events without any obvious reasons for worry. People with symptoms of GAD are typically preoccupied with worries about health, money, family, work, or school. These worries are often unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. For GAD sufferers, daily life is viewed with a constant state of worry, fear, and dread which eventually interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities, and can often lead to strained relationships between the sufferers, their friends and their families.

How is is treated?  
Treatment for GAD most often includes a combination of medications and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). The medications referred to are sedative-hypnotics or "minor tranquilizers". They can remove the intense feelings associated with the anxiety by decreasing the physical symptoms such as muscle tension and restlessness. Common benzodiazepines include Xanax, Librium, Valium, and Ativan. 

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a common therapy used for GAD. Using CBT a counsellor can help the client learn to recognise and change thought patterns and behaviours that lead to their anxious feelings thereby reducing distorted thinking as the client is helped view their worries in a more realistic way. In addition to medication and/or CBT, relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing may also help control the muscle tension that often accompanies GAD.