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What is generalized anxiety disorder?

Living with anxiety is more than feeling nervous or overthinking situations. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a complex mental health condition that can affect a person’s self-worth, confidence, and happiness.

Many people struggling with anxiety feel a sense of embarrassment and shame, and attempt to conceal their anxiety out of fear of being judged. It’s important to know that GAD is a common and treatable illness, and that help is available.

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Mimi Winsberg, MD

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Stanford-trained Psychiatrist with 25 years of practice

The signs & symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

The feeling of anxiety can vary from person-to-person. For some, it can feel like random, intense spikes of panic. For others, it can feel like an all-consuming, underlying sense of dread that never goes away.

The key symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include:

  • Excessive anxiety and worry about not just one, but many issues, individuals, or events
  • Difficulty in controlling the feelings of worry, often without control in shifting from one topic to another

In addition to the above, other symptoms of GAD include:

  • General restlessness
  • Fatigue or the feeling of being easily tired
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Muscle aches or soreness

Generalized anxiety disorder is a common and treatable condition, don’t wait to get the care you need.

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How we treat generalized anxiety disorder.

Once a diagnosis has been established, generalized anxiety disorder is generally treated with therapy, medication, or both. Talk with your provider about the best treatment option for you.

Medication

Antidepressants are shown to be effective in treating the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. At Brightside, we use your data and research to find the right medication for you.

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Therapy

We use evidence-based approaches to therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that are proven to be the most effective in treating generalized anxiety disorder.

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Self-Care

A comprehensive approach to care leads to better outcomes. By practicing daily healthy habits and self-care, you can reduce your symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

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Commonly prescribed medications.

At Brightside we prescribe over 30 different antidepressant medications. We’ll work with you to find the right medication for your individual needs and symptoms.

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Whether you choose medication, therapy, or both, our memberships include expert online care designed to help you feel better, faster.

  • Comprehensive video evaluation
  • Personalized treatment plan
  • Unlimited messaging
  • Unlimited video follow-ups with your provider
  • 4 video sessions with your therapist each month
  • Free medication delivery
  • Interactive Therapy lessons
  • Regular progress tracking

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Getting started is simple.

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Step 1

Fill out a quick questionnaire.

Start by answering a clinically-proven set of questions, which will help us understand your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan with Medication, Therapy, or both.

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Step 2

Meet your provider & start treatment.

Within 48 hours, you’ll have a video consultation where you can share how you’re feeling and decide on next steps together. If prescribed, your medication will be delivered to your door monthly.

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Make progress and feel better.

Unlimited messaging, video sessions, and regular check-ins help you stay in touch with your provider so they can monitor your symptoms and adjust until treatment is right for you.

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You’re in good hands. Our licensed providers are experts in treating generalized anxiety disorder.

  • Always see an expert psychiatric provider
  • All therapists hold a master’s degree or higher
  • Licensed in your state and background comprehensively checked
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Life-changing results from real members.

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“A literal life saver. So convenient, so effective, and more involved/high touch than my former psychiatrist was. I should have done this a year sooner.”

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“Brightside has made such a huge improvement on my quality of life. The ease of access, the convenience of the med delivery, and the intelligent check in scoring system all contribute to a next level quality of care.”

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“My provider has answered every question I’ve had, listened to worries and concerns and symptoms, assured me and is truly invested in my quality of care. I’ve gone from moderate-severe depression to mild depression in just 2 months.”

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“I am so very grateful to have found Brightside. This is the most hopeful I have felt in maybe two years. Brightside isn't just working for me, it saved me. Brightside really turned may life around.”

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“My life is so much better after starting with Brightside. My doctor truly cares about my well being and I’m just so grateful for this.”

Life-changing results from real members.

Melissa K.

“A literal life saver. So convenient, so effective, and more involved/high touch than my former psychiatrist was. I should have done this a year sooner.”

Kayla S.

“Brightside has made such a huge improvement on my quality of life. The ease of access, the convenience of the med delivery, and the intelligent check in scoring system all contribute to a next level quality of care.”

Anonymous

“My provider has answered every question I’ve had, listened to worries and concerns and symptoms, assured me and is truly invested in my quality of care. I’ve gone from moderate-severe depression to mild depression in just 2 months.”

Rachael B

“I am so very grateful to have found Brightside. This is the most hopeful I have felt in maybe two years. Brightside isn't just working for me, it saved me. Brightside really turned may life around.”

Tyler K

“My life is so much better after starting with Brightside. My doctor truly cares about my well being and I’m just so grateful for this.”

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What you need to know.

How is generalized anxiety disorder diagnosed?

GAD is diagnosed when someone has been experiencing excessive anxiety and worry about many issues, individuals, or events. They also may be experiencing difficulty controlling the feelings of worry, often shifting from one topic to another.

Additionally, at least three of the following symptoms must be present: general restlessness, fatigue or the feeling of being easily tired, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, irritability, and muscle aches or soreness.

GAD can be diagnosed by a doctor or medical professional. The medical professional’s evaluation will identify specific symptoms and explore medical and familial histories as well as cultural and environmental factors. In some cases, lab testing and blood work might be done to make sure the anxiety is not due to a medical condition like a thyroid problem or a vitamin deficiency.

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What are the risk factors of generalized anxiety disorder?

Risk factors for developing GAD include:

Being female: Women are diagnosed with GAD twice as often as men. It may be tied to hormones, cultural expectations, and more willingness to visit doctors and talk about their anxiety.

Family history: Anxiety disorders may run in families. The risk of GAD may be higher if there is a family history of anxiety or mood disorders.

Substance abuse: Smoking, alcohol, and drug use can increase the risk of GAD.

Chronic illness: People with chronic illnesses have a greater risk of GAD.

History of stressful life events: GAD may be more likely in those with history of:

  • A physically or emotionally traumatic event
  • Poverty or oppression
  • Childhood abuse or neglect; exposure to parental abuse or drug use or physical discipline
  • Divorce, separation, or being widowed
  • Lower education level
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When to seek help for generalized anxiety disorder.

The fear and stress that many people suffering from general anxiety disorder experience can interfere with their daily lives. Even seemingly “simple” everyday tasks, such as commuting to work or speaking to a cashier, can trigger someone living with generalized anxiety disorder.

Here are some examples of how GAD affects daily life:

  • Difficulty getting out of bed to attend school or work
  • Excessive fear of meeting new people
  • Trouble running routine errands 
  • Inability to participate in a child’s school functions
  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Struggling to focus on work tasks
  • Failure to make important decisions
  • Excessive fear of attending group gatherings
  • Trouble maintaining relationships
  • Inability to drive or fly on a plane

When a triggering event occurs, the anxiety can feel debilitating. Someone struggling with GAD may feel as though their anxiety controls and dominates their life. This feeling may lead to drug and alcohol use as a coping mechanism to self-medicate and quell their anxiety symptoms.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor to figure out the best path forward.

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What are the treatment options for generalized anxiety disorder?

Managing life with anxiety can feel insurmountable at times. Fortunately, dealing with anxiety and living a happy, successful life is possible through a combination of professional help and self-care tips.

Professional anxiety management can include medication, psychotherapy (such as cognitive behavioral therapy), or a combination of the two. Consult your provider, and have a conversation about the best treatment option for you.

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Are there alternative treatments for generalized anxiety disorder?

In addition to medication and therapy, many people have also found self-care helpful in managing some symptoms effectively.

Self-care ideas for managing anxiety can include:

  • Practicing deep breathing exercises
  • Exercising regularly to reduce stress
  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Limiting caffeine intake
  • Practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation
  • Maintaining a daily routine to reduce uncertainty

The best outcomes are often achieved with a combination of treatments, including medication, therapy, and self-care.

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