Section 1About this programme
This programme will aim to teach you to manage your worry and anxiety by learning tochange the way you think and the way you react to your thinking and other events. Inessence you will be learning new methods of control.It is important to realize that achieving control of worry and anxiety is a skill that has tobe learnt. To be effective, the skill must be practiced regularly and you will need to takeresponsibility for change. The more you put into the programme, the more you will getout of it. It is not the severity of your anxiety, or how long you have been anxious, or howold you are that predicts the success of this programme, but rather it is your motivation tochange your reactions.
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized anxiety disorder is a disorder that is characterized by persistent feelings of anxiety and worry. The worry is typically out of proportion to the actual circumstances, itexists through most areas of a person’s day-to-day life, and is experienced as difficult tocontrol. The anxiety and worry is described as generalized, as the content of the worrycan cover a number of different events or circumstances, and the physical symptoms of anxiety are not specific and are part of a normal response to threat.Individuals with generalized anxiety disorder describe themselves as sensitive by natureand their tendency to worry has usually existed since childhood or early adolescence.The symptoms of anxiety typically experienced by individuals with generalized anxietydisorder are
feeling restless, keyed up, or on edge
being easily tired
having difficulty concentrating, or having your mind going blank
having tense, tight or sore muscles
having difficulty sleeping; either difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restlessunsatisfying sleep.Generalized anxiety disorder is one of the more common anxiety disorders in thecommunity. A recent Australian survey has suggested that, in a 12 month period, 3 in 100people will have a generalized anxiety disorder.