CBT for Generalised Anxiety - Sevenoaks and London

We provide fast and effective treatment for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) from our clinics in Sevenoaks  and London Bridge. You can also organise Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for GAD with one of our forty therapists operating across London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. CBT is the recommended treatment for Generalised Anxiety Disorder and the clinical evidence shows that it works. To talk to one of our Cognitive Behavioural Therapists about treatment for Generalised Anxiety Disorder, call 01732 808626 or email info@thinkcbt.com

 

What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder?

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is excessive anxiety, apprehension, continuous worry and tension experienced on most days over a minimum period of 6 months. GAD sufferers can find it difficult to control worry about a number of different situations including work, family matters, personal responsibilities, finances and personal relationships. GAD is characterised by a tendency to worry about minor or hypothetical situations which often leads to worry about the symptoms of worry itself; feeling anxious about the symptoms of anxiety. GAD sufferers often find it difficult to control their worry, with at least three of the following six symptoms over a minimum period of six months:

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbance

The anxiety, worry or associated physical symptoms cause significant distress and impairment at home and at work. For a GAD diagnosis, the anxiety should not be better explained by substance abuse / dependency, or by another anxiety disorder such as panic disorder, social phobia or obsessive compulsive disorder.

 

Online GAD Assessments

We have made a wide range of established online psychological assessments freely available for Generalised Anxiety Disorder and problems with chronic worry. You can take the following three assessments to help determine if you are experiencing GAD or worry:

 

Take the Free Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7)

Take the Free Generalised Anxiety Disorder Measure (DSM-5)

Take the Free Penn State Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ)

If you want to talk to an expert about GAD, click here to contact us. You can also take other free on-line anxiety tests by clicking this link to our assessment page.

 

Who is Affected by GAD?

GAD affects around 5% of the population and is often associated with other psychological problems such as depression or panic. GAD tends to affect females more than males and significantly undermines quality of life and interferes with the
achievement of personal and professional goals. GAD is often first diagnosed by complaints about physical symptoms or sensations and is normally treated through the use of medications or psychological therapies.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as the treatment of choice for GAD and there is a strong body of evidence to demonstrate that CBT can provide an effective and longer-term solution.

 

How Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is used to Treat Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the recognised treatment of choice for Generalised Anxiety Disorder. CBT involves changing or altering the relationship with negative thinking processes, learning practical techniques to alleviate worry and managing the
behavioural and emotional avoidance patterns that maintain anxiety.


There is a particular emphasis on the cognitive process of "Worry", problem solving skills and normalisation of anxiety feelings and sensations. GAD treatment can also involve dealing with uncertainty intolerance and the use of worry as emotional
avoidance.

 

Free Downloads to Help With Anxiety Problems

We have made a wide range of CBT tools and resources freely available for download on our resources page. For problems with Generalised Anxiety Disorder; the GAD Thought Record can be used to monitor and alter the negative thinking patterns that keep anxiety going. You can use the Worry Tree to help develop problem solving skills and learn how to let go of worry. The Worry-Thinking Time exercise can be used to suspend and alleviate continuous daily worry. The Worry Bank can be used to deposit and suspend significant worries in your life.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety and stress brings the same rigor, structure and focus to the problem that it provides for many other psychological, emotional and behavioural problems.  

Follow the evidence and take a positive step towards changing your situation.
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