Although everyone experiences occasional anxiety, some people feel anxious much more of the time. They may, in fact, suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). It has been studied that two to four percent of the population suffers from GAD; it is one of the more common of the psychiatric disorders.
A degree of some anxiety is normal. There are those who theorize that it even helps to produce positive adaptive behaviours. For instance, some individuals work best under the pressure of deadlines. This may be due to the aspect that the resulting anxiety motivates them. However, when feelings of apprehension, fear, hyper-vigilance or foreboding interfere with important tasks of daily life, it is time to seek help. There are many effective types of treatment and ways of working available to you. The best two are Cognitive Behavioural Therapies to get a hold on and decrease the anxiety and further therapy to work out how you got ot this disabling position in the first place. If you syptoms are extreem sometimes we will look at short term help with medication especially if we are considering Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.
Is your anxiety experienced as debilitating in essential areas of your life? For example, are you unable to perform on the job, to even leave your home, then the sooner you seek help the more effective the results. If your anxiety tends to be present only at certain times or is situation-specific, you may react quickly to behavioural therapy.
There are a few known, though rare, medical conditions that present acute anxiety among their recognizable symptoms. If you have never previously sought treatment, or have not had a recent check-up, you should be seen for a physical examination and blood tests by an internist, a primary care doctor, or family practitioner.
Whatever your situation you must seek help. You do not have to continue living like you are on the edge of a cliff or sleeping with a gun under your pillow.