General Anxiety Disorder - Top Causes Explained

By: Greg Frost

General anxiety disorder, or GAD, falls under the wideumbrella of anxiety disorders. People who suffer from GAD are characterized bya sense of apprehension in crowds or social settings, and can be seen as anextension of other common fears. Typical symptoms of GAD sufferers include overworrying about simple or day to day affairs such as health, money, orrelationships, making it easy for the fears to overwhelm their lives, waitingfor some vague looming disaster to befall. Other physical symptoms areheadaches, hot flashes, sweating and irritability. Approximately 6 millionAmericans suffer from GAD, with two thirds of them being female.

There are many different factors that cause GAD, andresearch suggests that it may be hereditary. GAD usually occurs duringchildhood, in response to stressful situations, and may occur in conjunctionwith other anxiety disorders. Whilst exact causes of GAD have yet to beestablished, factors such as genetics, neurotransmitters and stress areproposed triggers.

It is important to be able to identify the causes of GAD, asit will help you to identify the source of your anxiety disorder. When you areaware of what triggers your disorder, you will feel less helpless and uncertain,and your fear of anxiety attacks will also fall. There are many possibletriggers for stress-induced GAD, and as we experience stressful situations inour daily lives, this makes it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause.

One way to identify the most likely cause of your stress isto take out some time from your schedule to relax. Lie back on a comfortablecouch with soothing music, and help your mind to calm down. Make a list of yourfears and uncertainties, and try to figure out what causes you to feel thisway. Remember to be honest with yourself, and this little exercise could revealto you the reasons for your anxiety which you never before realized.

Below are a few of the top causes of GAD explained – Why itcauses anxiety, and how to recognize if you fall under the same category.

1) Emotional Conflict

This occurs when your behavior is in conflict with what youbelieve to be right. When this occurs, you feel emotionally disconcerted, andfeel as though you are living a lie. It is often hard to determine if you aresuffering from emotional conflict, hence it is recommended that you first tryto identify your core beliefs and identify if anything you are engaged in maybe causing you internal distress.

2) Underachieving

This is when you feel as though you could have done better,or should be doing better than what you currently have. This can be due to manyreasons, and a common way of detecting if you suffer from this is to try andrecall if you often find yourself making excuses to reason out why youunderachieved. Sometimes, a reason for your underachievement could be external,due to politics for example, and this could be causing you to feel anxious.

3) Fear of the Unknown

This is a very common problem, and is a likely cause of youranxiety if you are going through a particular turbulent period in your life.This could be due to the death of a loved one whom you depend on heavily, jobprospects or your health. This causes you to feel insecure and uncertain aboutwhat the future holds for you, and can lead to stress and anxiety disorders.

Stress is one of the most common triggers of GAD, andextreme cases may result in depression. It is important to take some time toassess where you are at in life, and whether you are headed in the right direction,so that you can take steps to align your actions to your goals.

Keep a positive attitude and mindset when dealing withyourself, and other useful methods for identifying the potential causes includemeditation, professional helpFree Articles, or support groups.

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