Treatment for General Anxiety Disorder
The definition of general anxiety disorder, “GAD,” is an exaggerated state of persistent worrying that is uncontrollable and impairing, occurring more than 50% of the time over at least 6 months. It is often accompanied by distress, apprehension, mood irritability and even physical manifestations, such as fatigue and muscular tension.1
There is evidence that the biochemistry of the brain is heavily involved, including neurotransmitters.2,3
Treatment for GAD involves identifying and addressing the following:
Developmental and personality factors
Genetic factors are already done and can’t really be undone. However, identifying a family history will help identify other co-morbidities that will affect treatment. For example, if a major depression figures prominently in a parent, clues to the same, well-hidden before learning the f ...
Risk vs. benefit.
So goes the credo when deciding whether to use a medication. All things taken into account, including the disease—untreated vs. treated, the side effects, the allergic reactions, and the untoward effects, it will either be better or worse for a person to take any medication.
Aren’t you what you eat?
We have evolved as a self-contained bag of processes, using biochemistry to make energy, regulate processes, and control organs. Introducing a substance that has a chemistry that isn’t the same is going to get noticed by your body. Thankfully, whether helpful or not, your body uses three main things to eliminate danger:
Gastrointestinal—digestive acids and the filtering absorption properties of stomach and intestinal cells can modify medication taken orally.
You are not what you absorb!
Hepatic—the liver alters the molecules of foreign chemicals so that they can be excreted into the c ...