Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the fact that I have OCD that I forget about my GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). I was diagnosed with that long before I got a proper diagnoses for my OCD as well. People often don’t realize that many times different disorders go hand in hand, with a lot of overlap. I know, one mental disorder is confusing enough right?
So with the Exposure-Response thearpy I’ve had its easier for me to identify when I’m doing compulsions, and what their corresponding obsessions are. But sometimes when I’m laying in bed at night going over all the ways my future could go horribly wrong, and looking a lot like this cat:
I don’t stop to realize my Generalized Anxiety Disorder needs some tender loving care as well. It is important for people to learn about all aspects of their mind and it has been a while since I read up on GAD so I gave it a gander.
Mayo Clinic describes the symptoms of GAD as follows (with my additional tid-bits in parentheses):
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can vary. They may include:
- Persistent worrying or obsession about small or large concerns that’s out of proportion to the impact of the event (yup)
- Inability to set aside or let go of a worry (check)
- Inability to relax, restlessness, and feeling keyed up or on edge (check re: cat above)
- Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind “goes blank” (………………….)
- Worrying about excessively worrying (bahaha…sadly….yes)
- Distress about making decisions for fear of making the wrong decision (this is one of my major issues right now)
- Carrying every option in a situation all the way out to its possible negative conclusion (over and over, and over and over, and over and over. OCD overlap?)
- Difficulty handling uncertainty or indecisiveness (#CANTEVEN)
Different things come in waves and since those seem to be a lot of what I’m experiencing now I am going to take the next few days to read up on some tips for handling GAD fears. We are all always a work in progress and there are always new things to learn.