Coordinating your children's after school schedules, meeting deadlines at work, wondering if you picked the right gift for your friend's birthday, worrying about your health. Worries are virtually universal; everyone has them. However, some children and adults struggle with worry way more often than other people.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is characterized by persistent worries about multiple issues. This may include family life, health, current events or things on the news, interpersonal situations, etc. Most people with GAD recognize that their worries are excessive. People with GAD often report feeling unable to stop worrying, even when they try really hard to take their mind of things. Some people with GAD also worry what will happen if they stop worrying!
GAD, or excessive worrying, can become impairing in that it can make it very hard to enjoy life. If you struggle with GAD, a beautiful day at the beach with your family might instead be spent worrying about a big meeting with your boss on Monday, worrying if your kids are wearing enough sunscreen, worrying if you look okay in your swimsuit, etc. Additionally, this worrying is often accompanied by physical symptoms -- feeling tense or irritable, having difficulty sleeping, or even difficulty concentrating.
Research shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, can be beneficial in helping individuals learn tools to reduce their worry and associated physical symptoms.
Please contact our office today at 954-298-8484 to learn more about treatment for excessive worry in South Florida.