The modern world is full of stresses and worries. It’s normal to be feeling anxious about many things. You may be worried about your job security, mortgage repayments, and a plethora of other worries that characterise the modern world. If however, you seem to be constantly feeling anxious then you may be suffering from generalised anxiety disorder.
What is generalised anxiety disorder?
Generalised anxiety disorder is a disorder that is characterised by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worries about things in everyday life, that is disproportionate to the actual worry. For diagnosis of this disorder, symptoms must last at least six months. The NHS estimates that up to 1 in 20 British adults suffer from generalised anxiety disorder. Generalised anxiety disorder can be a debilitating illness affecting everyday function, as individuals typically anticipate disaster and are overly concerned with health, money, death, family, and especially work difficulties.
What are the symptoms of general anxiety disorder?
Individuals who suffer from generalised anxiety disorder can suffer from a number of symptoms including nausea, fatigue, numbness in hands and feet, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, breathing difficulties, lack of concentration, agitation, sweating and sleeplessness. If you suffer from any of the above symptoms for more than 6 months then you should consider visiting your doctor.
According to the NHS, generalised anxiety disorder is one of the most common causes of workplace disability in the UK.
What are the causes of generalised anxiety disorder?
There is no one single cause of generalised anxiety disorder. In some cases it may be genetic, and in other cases it may be induced by substances such as high caffeine intake. In high pressure environments, employees tend to drink a lot of caffeine for an extra energy boost at the office, which can also leave people feeling anxious. Generalised anxiety disorder can also be brought on by exposure to extremely stressful situations, such as your occupation or financial situation.
How can I treat generalised anxiety disorder?
Your doctor may be able to prescribe medication to help combat the effects of generalised anxiety disorder. You can also help to limit its effects by reducing your caffeine intake and exercising regularly.
If you have been diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder and you believe your work to be the cause, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500.