Do You Have Anxiety or Are You Just A Worrier?

Do you find yourself worrying incessantly about things that aren't even likely to happen? How about feeling overwhelmed or tense all day long when you can't quite think of the reason you're feeling that way? Sometimes, people get anxious here or there, have a little too much worry on their plates, but generally it passes quickly after a night of restful sleep or passing through a stressful situation. So, how do you know if you're just a worrier or if you might have real anxiety?

Well, for starters, you won't find relief from general anxiety disorder after a good night's sleep, if you're even able to get one! You'll know the difference when the anxiety doesn't pass. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be both physically and mentally exhausting after a period of time. All hope is not lost though, it's important to remember that you'll still be able to calm that anxious mind and get some relief, even if you do suffer from an anxiety disorder.

GAD is actually quite common and individuals suffering with this disorder are likely to present with varying degrees of symptoms from nervousness, tension, and chronic worry to having other ailments like phobias and obsessive thoughts.

What's interesting about generalized anxiety disorder is that you may not worry about any one specific thing like being nervous about an upcoming event. Instead, you might have a more diffused sense of anxiety that just wraps around your whole life. Sometimes you'll worry about "normal" things, or things that other people definitely worry about as well, but you'll take that worry and run with it.

Sometimes, it may feel that no matter what you do or how hard you try, you just can't overcome the obsessive worry. If this sounds like you, you should look into an evaluation for generalized anxiety disorder. A qualified medical professional may be able to help you get relief from all that worry, so don't hesitate to reach out for the help you need.

Reference
N.D. "Generalized Anxiety Disorder". Help Guide. (website). 2018
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