Things I've Learned About Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Since being diagnosed in July, randomly, during a neurologist appt for migraines...
- •You can have GAD and not know you have anxiety.In part because you're managing your bad feelings away by avoiding words that make you feel bad.
- •There are other people who also hate the question, "how are you" because it feels like too much pressure.
- •Your symptoms can be nearly 100% physical.This can include headaches, stomachaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, and crippling neck and shoulder pain.
- •It is the reason you feel like you're rushing all the time, and everything is on the brink of exploding (esp the little things).
- •There are things called cognitive distortions, and you have a bunch of them.
- •There are other people who have it too, and you probably talked to them within the last few hours. We're everywhere 👹. But usually very silent.
- •You can be aware that you're an "overthinker," but not a worrier.The word "worry" is what tends to come up in GAD descriptions, and for most of the people I know, it doesn't feel like a fit until they realize what GAD is and that they have it.
- •There is a reason you love to do yoga so so much. And why missing it feels like you are ruining something.
- •Figuring out you have it brings order and a shape to things, which helps.
- •Those with GAD tend to be highly functioning, highly articulate, intelligent people. If you do have it, you're joining a decent group of people. Welcome, mind traveler 💺.