It’s normal to feel anxious or worried at times. Everyone does. In fact, a moderate amount of anxiety can be good. Anxiety helps you respond appropriately to real danger, and it can help motivate you to excel at work and at home. But if you often feel very anxious without reason and your worries disrupt your daily life, you may have generalized anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder causes excessive or unrealistic anxiety and worry — well beyond what’s appropriate for a situation.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder can vary in combination or severity. Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms may include:

  • Restlessness
  • Feeling of being keyed up or on edge
  • Feeling a lump in your throat
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Being easily distracted
  • Muscle tension
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Excessive sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomachache
  • Diarrhea
  • Tension headache

If you have generalized anxiety disorder, you may experience times when your worries don’t completely consume you, but you still feel rather anxious. You may feel on edge about many or all aspects of your life. For example, you may feel intense worry about your safety or that of your loved ones, or you may have a general sense that something bad is about to happen, even when there’s no apparent danger.

Complications

Generalized anxiety disorder does more than make you worry. It can also lead to or worsen a variety of potentially serious conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive or bowel problems
  • Tension headache
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)

Integrative Medicine Treatment Options

We combine the best of conventional medicine with the best of complementary and alternative therapies to give you optimal results.

Here are some options we use at Alliance Integrative Medicine LOCATED IN Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Acupuncture
  • Medication, Herbal Therapies and Supplements
  • Energy Healing
  • Mind/Body Relaxation Techniques
  • Medical Massage Therapy

Our anxiety patients come to us from Loveland, Westchester/Libety Township, Mason, Indian Hill and  Hyde Park as well as Springdale, Terrace Park, Blue Ash, Finneytown, Reading and from all across the United States.