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More People Suffer Anxiety, Psychologist Offers Effective Tips

In an increasingly demanding world that’s becoming more and more disconnected, excessive worrying is becoming a norm for many people, especially with current generation. Raised in the era of a global market recession, and currently living under the threat of political unrest and the constant threat of global warming, it’s not at all strange to see an increasing number of people who worry a lot.

In fact, a poll made by Gallup last year revealed around 45 percent of Americans said that they worry a lot, more so than in any year since 2006, when the recession was nearing its peak.

For some people, it’s an everyday part of life, and is just something to learn to live with. However, when it becomes persistent, difficult to control and long-lasting, it can start affecting daily life at a serious level. In fact, studies show that if that persistent worrying comes with difficulty in concentrating, irritability, fatigue, poor sleep and even muscle tension, then it’s a sign that the person is probably already suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

A New Anxiety Diagnosis

Appearing for the first time in the American Psychiatric Association’s manual of mental disorders back in 1980, GAD is one of the newer diagnoses for anxiety, which is why worriers often suffer in silence. Research behind it has simply lagged, and has always been behind other conditions such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

However, the condition is just as real, and it affects many. Thankfully, the last decade has brought new understanding about the factors that turn simple worry into GAD, and experts stated that targeting these factors can help lessen it. Here are some of them:

  • Holding erroneous views – people with GAD usually view worry as other things, such as motivation, or preparedness for bad outcomes. Some even see it as positive trait.
  • Not being mindful – People who are preoccupied with worry usually are unable to focus in what’s in front of them.
  • Uncertainty – Worriers tend to stray from uncertainty, even if it can be a good thing.
  • Catastrophizing – Worriers usually predict that things will turn out much worse than they actually do.

Per experts, helping reduce these traits can help lessen the anxiety taking hold of you.

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