This disorder is marked by chronic tension, worrying and nervousness. Unlike a phobia where the fear is linked to specific situations, objects or events, the anxiety experienced in GAD is diffuse, free-floating and generalised. It is more of a sense of dread that…
When people find out that I have GAD they are shocked. Apparently I come across as “together”. I do have GAD. I have panic attacks and irrational fear over things that most people wouldn’t even think twice about. For a long time I had a panic attack if I felt too tired. I was scared with that exhaustion would come the inability to cope. Cope with what? I don’t know.
I keep my GAD under control with medication, love, family, exercise, rationalisation, the belief that I am in control of the electronic impulses in my head and not the other way around.
I am not embarrassed to have GAD but I do worry about it somehow beating me and that I might miss out on life if it wins. I was once told by a psychologist that I am far too self aware for that to happen. I hope so.