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Pervasive Anxiety
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An_252793 posted:
I don't seem to fit the criteria for GAD, but I have what I call "pervasive anxiety" which is a high baseline level of anxiety which makes it difficult for me to face even very basic problems or hurdles in my day to day life. Is there such a thing as pervasive anxiety?
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Sarah4567 responded:
My cognitive therapist told me that if your anxiety is based on your inability to tolerate uncertainty, then it is most likely generalized anxiety disorder. I've never heard of pervasive anxiety but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
 
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Reid Wilson, PhD responded:
Hey, An_252793-
There is not a diagnostic category called "pervasive anxiety." People who have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are worriers. And they worry about a variety of topics, not just one theme. The major topics are health and illness, family and relationships, work or school, money... and the biggest category, endorsed by about 92%, is "minor things." They get nickled-and-dimed all day by little worries.

By the way, the earlier response to you mentioned intolerance of uncertainty. Actually, all the anxiety disorders take advantage of people's intolerance of uncertainty, not just GAD.
 
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zoecallie responded:
I also am experiencing a very high level of anxiety that has taken over my life. I am worried and sometimes terrified of a variety of things. I have lost a significant amount of weight and it's difficult to eat. I feel I am also depressed. But the worry, anxiety, and fear is pervasive. I can relate. I know I need help and you do too. Good luck.


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