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We all worry. It's a normal part of life. But when you have generalized anxiety disorder, you worry about lots of things. You have a hard time not worrying. This worry or anxiety interferes with your relationships, work or school, and other areas of your life.
You may worry most days about things like money, health, work, or friends. That may make you feel tired, tense, or cranky. It can make it hard to think. It may get in the way of healthy sleep.
Counselling and medicine can both work to treat anxiety. They are often used together with lifestyle changes, such as getting enough sleep. Treatment can include a type of counselling called cognitive-behavioural therapy, or CBT. It helps you notice and replace thoughts that make you worry. You also might have counselling along with those closest to you so that they can help.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or counsellor now or seek immediate medical care if:
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Current as of: September 23, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health & Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
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