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Donley P Au Agp Review Paper

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Donley P Au Agp Review Paper

  1. 1. Chronic Stress and GAD<br />A Look into Prevention and Treatment <br />
  2. 2. Generally Accepted Causes of GAD.<br />Specific factors can result in the acquisition of a generalized anxiety disorder. Certain types of trauma such as death, abuse, and major life changes can contribute to anxiety based disorders.1 This leads to a constant state of worry despite the absence of direct threat.2 Symptomatic behavior associated with anxiety disorders is more pronounced during time of stress. In essence, as a result of a negative interaction with a stimulus, a sense of dread is manifested surrounding repeat interaction or the effects the encounter will have on related aspects of the subjects life. <br />
  3. 3. Symptom Link Between Chronic Stress and GAD<br />Chronic Stress <br />GAD<br />Muscle Tension <br />Jumpiness <br />Restlessness<br />Digestive problems<br />Irritability<br />Concentration Problems<br />Fear <br />Feelings of dread<br />Obsessive Compulsive Behavior1<br />Muscle Tension <br />Jumpiness <br />Restlessness<br />Digestive problems<br />Irritability<br />Concentration Problems<br />Fear <br />Feelings of dread<br />Obsessive Compulsive Behavior2<br />
  4. 4. Treatment Options for Chronic Stress and GAD<br />Chronic Stress<br />GAD<br />Relaxation and calming techniques are very effective relieving and managing stress. <br />Reevaluating situations and acceptance of impossible tasks remove unnecessary stress and worry. <br />Using the situation as a motivational factor(being stressed over writing a term paper becomes a challenge of personal achievement and excellence<br />Eliminating stimulants such as cigarettes, caffeine, and recreational drugs. <br />Proper preparation of stressful situations, emotional and physically can lesson the impact the situation has and the anxiety surrounding its occurrence.1<br />Some subjects can manage their GAD with simple relaxation techniques such as mediation and increased exercise. <br />Others requires cognitive behavioral therapy in order to overcome their constant anxiety. This includes: <br /><ul><li>Education
  5. 5. Self Evaluation
  6. 6. Learning and Implementing Cognitive, Behavioral, and Emotional Control Strategies. 2
  7. 7. Lifestyle changes(elimination of stimulants, prioritizing, preparation) 2</li></li></ul><li>Stress Cycle<br />As the graphic to the right displays, when a person has a negative experience to a stressing situation, and fails to adapt in a way that allows for recovery and growth, a feeling of helplessness and fear can hinder their ability to properly managed like situations. As you can imagine, repeated failure only compounds that stress. Soon the event is feared, even when it is not immediate or even eminent. <br />
  8. 8. STRESSFUL EVENT CYCLE INTERUPTED WITH TREATMENT<br />As this chart displays, when stress management techniques are implemented post incident, the path the subject takes can be greatly altered. <br />
  9. 9. Conclusion<br />The goal of this presentation was to create a visual link between GAD and chronic stress. From the slides presented, we can see that they share many of the same characteristics and the treatment of one can prevent the other. It is my desire that further research be considered. I believe we can greatly improve the quality of life of those who suffer from these ailments through education, preparation and practice.<br />

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