“There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”
You’re not alone. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a condition characterized by a pattern of excessive thoughts of worry and fear that can impede the ability to perform basic activities of daily living. GAD can lead to difficulties maintaining employment, engaging in social activities, and low personal confidence.
Symptoms of GAD can manifest as excessive worry, restlessness, excessive fatigue, difficulty concentrating, gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort, loss of appetite, restlessness, and in rare instances, panic attacks.
The GAD-7 is a self-evaluation to assess anxiety symptoms and monitor severity.
The cause of GAD is not known but is believed to be a result of lifestyle decisions and chemical imbalances within the brain. Other causes may include family history, personality, and psychological trauma.
If anxiety is taking over your life, we encourage you to take baby steps toward mental wellness. Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, but excessive anxiety doesn’t need to be the norm. We invite you to start your journey towards healing today.
“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”– William James