Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Is your mind constantly skipping form one concern to the next?

Are you often worried about your career, finances, health, or the health of your family members?

Do you have a hard time distracting yourself from these worries?

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized in the DSM-5 as:

  • Excessive anxiety and worry that’s difficult to control, and 
  • feeling restless, fatigued, or irritable.
  • Also, individuals complain have muscle tension, difficulty concentrating, and insomnia.

If you find these anxieties to be distressing, discuss your concerns with a mental health professional and request a GAD screening.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for reducing and eliminating the symptoms of GAD.

Pets: Good Health, Good Living

How does your pet(s) enhance your overall health and well-being?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC), highlights some of the health benefits of having pets. Pet companionship helps to reduce:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol

The benefits of a pet companion go beyond health. According to studies, pets improve our mental health as well.  In fact, the simple act of stroking your pet is a healthy coping strategy for buffering against stress, and can help reduce levels of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety

Pets help bring structure, routine, and purpose to our lives. In some cases, pets curb feelings of loneliness, and can increase opportunities for socialization. Remember the movie Must Love Dogs?

The next time you feel stressed, pet your cat, or take your dog for a walk. By taking care of your pet, you will take care of yourself too.