Anxiety can cause a range of symptoms, psychological and physical, which tends to differ from person to person. As well as feeling anxious, you may also suffer from:
- insomnia (trouble sleeping)
- feeling irritable
- detachment from surroundings
- difficulty concentrating
- dry mouth
- muscle tension, trembling or shaking
- abdominal discomfort
- pins and needles
- excessive sweating
- shortness of breath
Unless your anxiety is affecting your everyday life, then it is not entirely necessary to visit your doctor. However, if you find that your anxiousness is affecting your day-to-day life, and you may have GAD, then it is worth talking to somebody about it. GAD is difficult to diagnose as there are many conditions similar to GAD, like depression. Your doctor will talk to you about your symptoms and, depending on the severity, you may be referred to someone who specializes in the condition.
There are various treatments available for anxiety, all of which your doctor will discuss with you. For easing feelings of anxiety, the first course of action recommended tends to be a lifestyle change. This may include, eating healthily, exercising, talking and avoiding stimulants like alcohol.
Your doctor may also suggest talking therapies, which may help you better understand and cope with your feelings of anxiety. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has proven effective with suffers of severe anxiety. The aim of CBT is to give you a better understanding of how your thoughts, behaviour and actions are linked.
Medication is usually only offered as a last resort if other treatments have proved ineffective.