What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

gen anxiety disorderAn individual who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is not just worried about the usual stressors in life—health, money, and family problems—but of much more, even if there is no rational reason to fret. They feel constant anxiety just going about their daily lives, as they believe something may go badly. In extreme cases, this anxiety keeps people with GAD from completing needed everyday tasks.


Symptoms of GAD must be present continuously for a period of at least six months and include:

  • Fear
  • Tension
  • Excessive Worry about a Variety of Issues and/or Situations
  • Easily Fatigued
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle Tension
  • Insomnia

How does Wellington Retreat treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

As many of the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder overlaps with other types of psychiatric disorders, Wellington Retreat’s team of psychiatrists will perform a comprehensive evaluation and come to an accurate diagnosis, distinguishing GAD from other anxiety and mood disorders, medical issues, thyroid problems, and vitamin deficiencies.

Treatment for GAD is highly effective and includes medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both. Patients suffering from GAD may be treated with SSRI antidepressants. While many are prescribed benzodiazepines for GAD, this class of medicines is not safe for someone who also suffers from addiction and therefore is not the treatment of choice.

At Wellington Retreat, patients will often be offered cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), as it has been shown to be extremely effective in treating anxiety disorders. With CBT, one learns about their automatic thought patterns and how they maintain the anxiety. Through this therapy, patients learn how to change their thought processes to be more positive, and learn relaxation and breathing techniques to calm themselves down when feeling extra anxious.

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