Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Do you suffer from anxiety and depression?

If you have these symptoms you may do:

  • You don’t have interest or pleasure in doing things you used to do
  • You feel helpless, down and low most of times without any clear reason
  • Your sleep is disturbed, either you sleep too much or you struggle to start sleep or maintain sleep. You get up early in the morning without a reason
  • Your appetite is different from what you normally used to, either you lack of appetite or you eat a lot
  • You feel bad about yourself, you feel like a failure…as if you let your family down or let yourself down
  • You Move or speak so slowly that other people could have noticed? Or the opposite — being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual
  • You have thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way
    All these affecting your life, work and enjoyment for more than several weeks (6-8 ws)

Is it common?

One in four has a mental health illness according to WHO 2001. Globally, more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.

You are not alone!!!

The first step in treatment of anxiety and depression disorder is to accept it!!…”well I have it, so what should do about it?” Is there any way out?

You have to realize that this illness has a course, and like any other illness it has to run its course

We don’t know exactly how depression happens but we have some idea about the chemical changes in the body responsible for it. We know for sure that there are some chemicals (medications) which can help in the recovery of depression.

More importantly, there are many people who have learned very well how to live with depression and have used it as a driving factor for success in many aspects of life.  It is well known that depression is more common in sensitive people, intellectual or deep thinkers
In fewer numbers of people with GAD, the disease goes in remission for longer periods, could be for years.

So what to do?

Speak it up!!! Don’t hide it; being open and honest about it is the first step of treatment especially if early

Writing your thoughts can help some people. Some people will write a thought diary others draw their thoughts and others log few words….but overall writing about it makes you see your thoughts and be able to deal with them in a more appropriate way. It makes you feel you back on control

Exercise is proven to help controlling GAD “ NICE-UK 2009”…walking is a good exercise or cycling, or swimming…etc. but the most important thing is to keep consistency. Remember this is a treatment…so if you feel low don’t stop exercising but work your feeling out!

Try to exercise at least three times a week, for at least 45 minutes.  Group exercise is very helpful…so join a pelate or salsa or spinning class and keep going

Eating a balanced healthy diet is so important in certain specific times during the day; this gives the day a good structure that you build your time around. Fresh fruits and vegetables are so important to include in your diet

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy” with either through therapist or through a computer based program. It makes the person understand about himself in a constructive way and about his disease then he will be able to develop modalities and tricks to beat the disease and manage his life accordingly

Some benefit of starting little hobbies…such as reading, drawing, or learning music these can help to control the disease

Reading about the disease is important and learning from others’ experiences

Getting a proper medical advice is crucial, there are some depression with certain degrees necessitates medications and patients should be under medical supervision Your doctor will need to rule out other organic diseases which can lead to depression such as anaemia or thyroid disease…etc.

WHO has launched a Multilanguage 5 minutes video regarding Depression. I  really recommend watching this video, It is called the “big black dog” – here is the link shown above:

If you want a further medical advice re General Anxiety and Depression Disorder please come and see our Consultant Family Medicine at INTERCARE HEALTH CENTER.