what are the GAD symtoms??????

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   Posted 9/9/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all!  I have never been officially diagnosed with GAD, however I do take meds for it and I have been diagnosed with having panic disorder.  Maybe I just need reassurance from you all on the symtoms of GAD, and what I experience on a daily basis.  It would really help to know what you all feel or have felt for your GAD. 


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   Posted 9/10/2008 12:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi CC,

If I haven't said welcome before, welcome!

I was diagnosed with GAD 17 years ago and I guess what I experience most of the time is a "free floating anxiety" where I feel uneasy for no particular reason. I'm also very jumpy and hyper and my speaking can sometimes get fast and blurry.

Here are some of the most commonly listed symptoms of GAD.

 mind becomes alert

 heart rate increases, blood pressure rises, sweating  increases

 muscles tense

 mouth gets dry, increased thirst

 breathing rate increases

 immune response decreases

 feelings of fear and apprehension, as if you are going ‘crazy’ or about to die

 feeling sick or nauseous

 trembling and shaking, restlessness

 butterflies in the stomach

 startling easily, irritability

 frequent urination

 sleeping difficulties

 feeling out of control

In the long term, if anxiety goes untreated, the following symptoms can become a problem:

 fatigue, depression, insomnia

 jumping at sudden noises

 feeling ‘burnt out’ at work or at home

 muscle aches and pains, such as migraines, from persistent tension

 trouble concentrating

 losing interest in activities usually enjoyed - socialising etc.

 digestion and stomach problems

 feeling overwhelmed

 feeling demoralised

ongoing difficulties with relationships


What kind of meds do you take? I find that caffienne and msg will make my symptoms worse until I turn into some kind of hyper bunny!! I hope this helps you out a little. Again, welcome to the forum.




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   Posted 9/10/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Meg coverd the list very well.... smhair   I would like to suggest if you have 5 or more of these sx, see you physician and be honest and upfront.  Tell him exactly how you are feeling.
Remember you have anxiety, it does not have you.

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   Posted 9/10/2008 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Meg, that is very good information. Kitt, I do have at least five of the symptoms, but the biggest thing that bothers me is that when I am driving I get pressure in my chest and when I take a deep breath it hurts around my rib cage. When I reach my destination and get out of the vehicle, I usually am fine then. Is this a symtom of GAD or is this the beginning of a panic attack? I have had panic attacks and have alprazolam for them, however I don't take the alprazolam because of the possibility that they are habit forming and the fact that due to my work I can not be under the influence of a drug like that. My Dr. says I need to take them more often. Would the taking of the alprazolam help my mind (thinking) for a long period of time, or is the alprazolam only going to help me for the five hours that I am having a sensation?

Kitt, I do take 40 mg of Citalopram (generic Celexa) every night, which my doctor says is for anxiety and sleep assistance. The drug does help me sleep but I haven't seen any other efect other than getting a good nights rest. I also purchased and read the One Move Technique for my panic attacks and have found that helpful. Actually, when I am traveling I will bring the book and read it when I feel the sensations coming on and (knock on wood) I haven't had one since accepting and observing the sensations.

I want to thank you both for your dedicated replies and assistance you both give to all of us in this forum.


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   Posted 9/11/2008 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   

CC, (I hope it's okay to call you that)

Honestly it's a toss up with meds. You have to make the decision. I have been taking "habit forming" drugs for 17 years off and on. If you take them as prescribed and they make your quality of life better then my thoughts are what's the problem? If they change who you are or lessen your contact with you communtity then forget it.

Keep on with that positive reading, let us know how you go. :-)

Anxiety is no joke.


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