General Anxiety Disorder & How it partners with and fuels Bipolar Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by:
EXCESSIVE anxiety and worry = fearful expectations.
In order to be diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder one must:
a.) experience excessive anxiety or worry for most of the time for at least 6 months.
b.) the worry is NOT based on a specific thing…it is based on multiple things for example: events, activities, work, relationships, people etc
c.) the person experiencing the worry finds it difficult to control the worry.
Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety are as follows:
To be diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety an ADULT needs to have 3 of these symptoms with some of the symptoms occurring on most days during a 6 month period. A CHILD only needs 1 of these symptoms.
These symptoms are caused by the WORRY
a.) restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
b.) being easily fatigued
c.) difficulty concentrating or mind goes blank
e.) muscle tension
f.) sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep or not getting good quality of sleep)
BASICALLY a disorder is diagnosed when there is:
a.) EXCESSIVE BEHAVIOR that DISRUPTS a person’s functioning.
b.) That behavior causes a STRONG EMOTIONAL RESPONSE.
c.) The behavior and strong emotional response cause a PHYSICAL RESPONSE
Here’s what I mean:
– Our energy level is affected
– Our drives for hunger are often affected.
– Our sex drive is affected
– We have difficulty sleeping
– Our bodies don’t feel good
– We are tired and/or have tension in our bodies.
It is VERY common for people to have multiple disorders.
We can all have several disorders that we struggle with which makes treatment difficult…especially if we don’t have the knowledge of what we are facing.
How Anxiety Fuels Bipolar Disorder
Excessive worry which comes from fear has the power to trigger mania and or depression.
To better understand this, watch this video.
The principles in this video apply to ALL disorders.
The symptoms of the disorders are simply different.
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