GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD)
This is characterized by constant anxiety and excessive worry regarding events or routine activities. It can refer to job responsibilities, health issues, the illness of family members, finances or school performance.
The manifestations of anxiety are disproportionate to the probability that something will actually occur, as anticipated by the person. It interrupts the daily activities of the person deteriorating his or her quality of life.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the causes of a Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
The appearance of this disorder is related to the existence of traumas, hereditary biological factors, chemical imbalance in neurotransmitters due to inadequate eating and sleeping habits, high levels of stress in the body, and the prevalence of crisis situations in the environment or family. For example: divorces, moving or making changes, illness or death.
What is the difference between stress and anxiety?
Stress is an overload of the body, as a result of a stimulus that alters the adaptive capacity of the person. Anxiety on the other hand, is an emotional response that keeps the person on alert, activating mechanisms that protect him or her from a threat. When the anxiety is accompanied by excessive worries and frequent feelings of suspicion, uncertainty and fear that alter the person´s behavior, we speak of a pathological anxiety because the response is disproportionate to the situation, causing the individual to be paralyzed and not able to solve the problem.
What are the most common symptoms that appear in GAD?
The main symptom is a persistent worry for at least six months, presence of apprehensive reactions about the future, body tension, fatigue, irritability and problems falling asleep.
What complications can the disorder have?
Depression and substance abuse can occur along with an anxiety disorder.
OUR TREATMENT MODEL
CADE offers a multidisciplinary treatment according to the characteristics and needs of the patient that is based on the patient´s diagnosis and an individual intervention plan.
A psychological or psychiatric disorder generally has a genetic or biological origin detonated by difficult and early or current traumatic experiences that lead the individual to become ill. Therefore, the clinical intervention in these disorders necessitates the multidisciplinary work of psychiatry, psychology, medicine, nutrition and complementary therapies. The treatment can be outpatient, inpatient or semi-inpatient based.