New here--just looking for resources to cope with GAD. I was diagnosed about 5 years ago but have not gotten professional treatment. I've been coping well but it does flare up and interfere with daily life sometimes. My other was diagnosed when she was my age, and my daughter is dealing with the same symptoms even though she is not yet a teenager.
I have constant worry that something bad will happen--to my children, to my marriage, to our home, withy business, with my husband's job, to my parents or my brother. I am a person of faith and try to trust God but am beginning to think that this isn't about trusting or not trusting but dealing with a disorder that I have been avoiding.
I have to fight the urge to avoid the outside world. We are going with a group to see a play on another town tomorrow and instead of thinking how fun it will be, I worry we will be killed in an accident or shot in the theatre. How do you turn off these thoughts and the physical symptoms of illness they cause?