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Generalised Anxiety Disorder

It is normal for people to feel some anxiety over normal life events such as exams, work problems or family isssues. However, when it causes problems in your everyday life or is particulary severe you may have an anxiety disorder. Generalised anxiety disorder involves having irrational fears, such as being afraid harm will come to you or your loved ones, financial issues, health, relationships and work. 

Physical symptoms when experiencing anxiety may include :
  • Light-headedness
  • Becoming tired easily, or being unable to sleep properly
  • Feeling tense or restless, or lossing your temper easily
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headaches
  • Trembling
  • Muscle tension
Treatment generally involves medications or theraphy.

With anxiety disorders, psychological treatments are generally more effective than medication, however it can still be usefull. The most common treatments are antidepressants or benzodiazepines such as aprazolam or diazepam. Generally, benzodiazepines should't be taken long-term, as there is  a risk of becoming dependent on them.

Anxiety disorders are relatively common in the population, with statistics that approximately 25% of the people suffer some kind of anxiety disorder that may warrant treatment in their lifetime. Anxiety is treatable, and theraphy or medication may minimise the effects on your life and relationships.

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