Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a common disorder of ‘worry’ with lifetime prevalence rates of approximately 5%. People experiencing GAD may find that they are prone to excessive worry, accompanied by feelings of anxiety.

Worries may be triggered by situations or events, and in some cases there may be no identifiable trigger. And sometimes, worries can trigger other worries. These worries can last from a few minutes to hours. The nature of the worries can vary and sometimes include a number of topics; however each individual will have recurring worry topics.


The core symptom of GAD is excessive anxiety and worry about a number of topics for a prolonged period of time. The worries are difficult to control and might be accompanied by some of the following symptoms:

  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Feeling restless
  • Becoming easily irritable
  • Poor concentration or indecisiveness
  • Feeling tired and fatigued
  • Muscle tension
  • Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen

Best Evidence-Based Treatments

The National Institute of Health Care and Excellence recommend the following psychological therapies for the highest success rate in treating GAD.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):
Cognitive behavioural Therapy focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physiological sensations. The cognitive facet assumes that the meaning one gives to an event is important and if you can change the interpretation or perception you can change the feeling (affect) associated with it. The behavioural facet assumes changing what you do is often a powerful way of changing other things in your life, which can improve affect and reduce GAD symptoms.

Alternatively one can opt for a medical treatment. A selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) or serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) have been considered effective in the treatment of GAD. However, the combination of medication and the psychological therapy mentioned above is deemed the most effective intervention for moderate to severe GAD according to research trials.

Elite Psychology comprises of an expert team, specialising in the range of best private evidence-based therapies for GAD. Our highly qualified associates are accredited in CBT, specifically designed for the treatment of GAD, complimented by psychiatrists who can prescribe medication on private prescriptions. We can assess you and provide the most efficacious therapy tailored to your difficulties. We know the importance of being understood, and endeavour to deliver the highest standard of psychological interventions to meet your needs.

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