GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
aka. GAD, is a mental health disorder that can be characterized as persistent and overwhelming feeling of stress about a number of different things at once.
inability to tolerate uncertainty
constant feeling of dread
inability to relax
putting things off because of feeling overwhelmed
avoiding stressful situations
trouble sleeping because of intrusive thoughts
STIGMA AROUND SEAOSNAL DEPRESSION
Misconception vs. Reality
“People with GAD disorders just blow it all out of proportion”
To someone without the disorder, it may seem like an overreaction, however the person experiencing it is likely unable to control their stress
“Generalized means not that bad”
GAD can be very severe with many symptoms - also in order to get diagnosed with GAD, the symptoms often need to be severe enough to be impacting the person’s life.
“People with GAD just do it to get attention”
Panic attacks are not fake. during a panic attack, a person is being overwhelmed with a lot of emotions and symptoms can sometimes be so severe that they can be mistaken for a heart attack
“GAD is really rare”
GAD is relatively common. It affects almost 6.8 million Americans a year.
“Anxiety is really obvious, i can easily spot it”
Although there are a few physical symptoms, GAD can often be invisible to an observer
“GAD has no physical symptoms”
GAD has many physical symptoms that can really affect a person's life
“Anxiety meds are addictive, never take them”
Though some anxiety meds are addictive, not all of them are. when taken responsibly and in the correct quantity, they can be life changing (for the better)
“Meds are the only way to manage GAD”
Meds are definitely a treatment option for GAD, but many people choose to go other, also effective, routes such as using relaxation techniques, or cognitive behavioral therapy. some people benefit from several
“There’s nothing you can do to help someone with GAD”
The first thing you can do to help is to listen and understand what the person is telling you. watching out for the person’s drug and alcohol use is also good, as people often try them to help manage their GAD.
RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE
Project Calendula is intended to be a prelude for your mental health journey by guiding your education and advocacy. We are not a mental health service.
If you or someone you know are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.): 800-273-8255.
If you or someone you know are struggling, please visit the resources at the bottom of this section to find a mental health professional near you.
Please visit any of the following websites for further information on mental illness education.