Fear and worry are normal emotional reactions to stressful situations. However, when worry becomes uncontrollable or excessive then it becomes a problem and becomes an unhealthy emotional reaction that often leads to unhealthy thoughts and behaviors.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is defined by excessive, persistent, worry that is difficult to control. GAD results in the inability to relax or concentrate; feelings of muscle tension, stomach upset, difficulty sleeping; irritability, restlessness, avoidance of uncomfortable situations, and intrusive thoughts. The worry and other symptoms cause a significant amount of distress or interfere with your ability to function in daily life.
The treatment for Generalized Anxiety consists of reframing fear laden thoughts, relaxation training, mindfulness exercises, behavior modification, and healthy lifestyle management.
Learn more about CBT for Anxiety.