In contrast to sudden surges of panic, this type of anxiety is expressed over a much longer duration. The way that the disorder is exhibited during this extended time is noticeably consistent. Although the diagnosis does not require the anxiety to be present at all times, excessive stress and worry lasting six months or more is a credible sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Unlike occasional instances of anxiety, the stressful nature of a full-fledged disorder is unbalanced and severely impacts an individual’s capacity to accomplish daily tasks and social interactions. Specifically, a person afflicted with the disorder will have great difficulty or a complete inability to rid worrisome thoughts from his or her mind. As a result, these types of obsessive and unwavering ruminations will consistently break attempts at staying focused, which is a necessary skill in a school or work setting.
In terms of interpersonal relations, even the most routine interactions can evolve into mountainous obstacles. Furthermore, the anxiety will even extend into various other sectors of life including health, finances, domestic tasks and family well-being. From a developmental perspective, concerns will change over time depending on the most stress-provoking objects and situations during each age group. A common worry for most developing children is usually centered on some kind of performance. Conversely, maintaining one’s safety and the possibility of developing a chronic physical disease are prevalent issues for the elderly.
People suffering from GAD also stress over the likelihood of major disasters and other catastrophic events, such as earthquakes or nuclear war. If a preoccupation with performance is the main source of worry for an individual, he or she may strive to conform to a personal perception of normality. This will most likely be displayed through perfectionist behaviors along with a constant uncertainty of his or her own ability. Those afflicted tend to redo tasks due to strict standards that they impose on themselves. They have a heightened need to receive reassurance and approval from others.
The different types of bipolar disorders can be induced or worsened by an addictive substance, prescribed medicine or unspecified factor. It is important for anyone who experiences these life altering conditions to identify and address any underlying problems as well. Specialized treatment centers, such as Sovereign Mental Health, conduct detailed, dual diagnosis screenings for coexisting disorders and guide those who are suffering on the road of recovery. Similar to the dual-sided nature of the disorders, treatment should also follow a dual diagnosis approach to rule out any other factors of distress.