Unfortunately, anxiety in itself has become more of a frequent diagnosis, displaying symptoms unpredictably, no matter the background or lifestyle of sufferers.
Such symptoms can be very difficult to live with, from dizziness to the risk of panic attacks and paranoia. Anxiety is a tough condition to work through without some form of coping strategy, and it can also commonly lead to addiction problems once people suffering with anxiety attempt to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.
The inability to relax, heightened sense of anxiety and feelings of panic through everyday life are all symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). Standing as a mental health condition that impacts on average 5% of the population, generalised anxiety disorder is a type of anxiety, yet with long-term, consistent effects.
Those with GAB suffer even worse than the average form of anxiety, where symptoms are so regular that life soon feels engulfed by fear, panic and worry. Resulting in a significantly reduced quality of life, living with generalised anxiety disorder in fact isn’t any way of living.
It can amount to further mental health disorders, such as social anxiety, which can result in negative habits, such as substance abuse, and can cause the spiralling of deep depression. It can also lead to substance abuse and addiction once people attempt to self-medicate, or can be caused from extensive use of drugs and alcohol.
If you’re struggling with heightened anxiety and an addiction issue or feel constantly anxious, dual diagnosis treatment will be promoted. While daunting to consider, here at Asana Lodge, we offer residential care to ease the symptoms of anxiety and withdrawal from drug and alcohol addiction, while providing a personal and reliable structure of recovery.
Symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder displays itself very similarly to average representations of anxiety. For example, physical symptoms are very common, including trembling, excessive sweating and insomnia.
Psychological symptoms are also common, including irritability, paranoia and depression. Typically symptoms of anxiety can be managed, where healthy coping strategies offer respite and suppressing effects.
However, generalised anxiety disorder is different, where such symptoms are displayed consistently, where relaxing, breathing techniques and mindfulness offer little respite. This is what can cause substance addiction.
The consistency of such symptoms is down to the vast pressures placed on the body and brain, caused by the development of GAD. As it is a complex and strong mental health condition, its presence can become engulfing, which soon triggers ongoing negative, irrational and panicked responses.
Symptoms alone make it very difficult to cope through generalised anxiety disorder, which poses a concern for sufferers, their health and wellbeing, and their stability. As symptoms of GAB are strong, risks of using unhealthy coping strategies are high for sufferers, such as substance abuse, which complicates and aggravates the symptoms of anxiety even further.
Down to this, if you are feeling anxious on a consistent and long-term basis, considering support, assessments for a medical diagnosis, and if necessary, dual diagnosis treatment will be encouraged.
Causes of generalised anxiety
Down to the severity of GAD, causations are commonly multifaceted. By this, individuals who display GAD may already experience symptoms of anxiety or further mood disorders, compulsive behaviours or addictions.
The development of generalised anxiety disorder as a reaction to the fight or flight response are both influenced by nature and nurture. Genes, overactive brain functions, chemical imbalance in the brain and painful health conditions are all common triggers of anxiety, which if untreated, can develop into a degree of GAD.
Symptoms of anxiety can also be caused by stress, trauma, domestic violence, toxic environments and unhealthy habits of drug and alcohol abuse. Causes are commonly uncontrollable, where such pressure and stress has been experienced, resulting in instability and imbalance in the mind and brain.
This type of reaction causes the irritability and intensity of generalised anxiety disorder, which if experienced, will require treatment and self-help management tips.
Dual diagnosis treatment at Asana Lodge
Coping through generalised anxiety disorder can be extremely tough, as it is found to display itself consistently. As we’ve mentioned higher up, average symptoms of anxiety can sometimes be independently managed, especially if a trigger has been gauged and eliminated to the best of ability.
However, as generalised anxiety disorder can amount down to the influence of multiple triggers including drug and alcohol abuse which causes ongoing suffering, intervention is required.
At Asana Lodge, we offer residential rehabilitation programmes which can focus on dual diagnosis treatment. Therapy will lead the way for treatment, with the aim to uncover triggers, evaluate responses, adapt responses and restore brain stability and functionality.
As GAD and addiction is such a personal and deep-rooted disorder, treatment will be endorsed to fit a tailored treatment programme, utilising therapies which benefit individual needs, help to suppress individual symptoms and promote individual coping strategies.
Generalised anxiety disorder cannot be cured, yet can be managed, which showcases the invaluable offering of GAD treatment. From cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy to stress management, and family therapy, we can work with you to form a fitting programme of treatment.
Generalised anxiety disorder and addiction shouldn’t be ignored. It can amount to a controlling disorder, making every day difficult to work through, never mind enjoy. For safe and proactive support, consider dual diagnosis treatment here at Asana Lodge, personalised around your needs.
What causes generalised anxiety?
There are a multitude of causations surrounding the development of generalised anxiety. Most focus on stress, trauma and panic-related responses, while also highlighting the vulnerabilities of genetics and pre-existing mental health issues.
Is it treatable?
Generalised anxiety disorder is treatable and can be managed through completing fitting forms of treatment and by utilising healthy coping strategies. Through our rehab clinic, a personal programme of dual diagnosis treatment services will be promoted for you. Drug and alcohol addiction is also very treatable at our rehab clinic.
Are there any self-help tips for generalised anxiety?
In general, anxiety can at least be suppressed through self-help tips. For example, breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, mindfulness, exercise, and meditation are all linked to the management of anxiety. However, as GAD can be chronic, sometimes self-help tips will be ineffective up until treatment has firstly been completed. Once treatment has been completed, finding management tips that resonate with you personally will be recommended to control the presence and degree of anxiety.