Treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Before Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be treated, it must be diagnosed and research suggests that people with GAD are not always diagnosed or the symptoms are masked by use of alcohol.

Whilst there is often a strong genetic component to GAD, sometimes our childhood experiences can predispose us to GAD. It is thought that suppressing or bottling up difficult emotions such as anger can cause lifelong problems with anxiety and difficulties being assertive. Medication and psychotherapy have a vital role in treating GAD.

People with GAD often feel anxious or nervous about taking psychiatric medication as they fear losing control but taking medication actually allows them to regain control of their lives. Groups of antidepressants such as SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) or SNRI’s (Serotonin and Noradrenaline Reuptake Inhibitors) or Pregabalin are often suggested for the treatment of GAD.

In terms of psychotherapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is often recommended, however, it is not always the most appropriate therapy, especially if the GAD is related to difficult childhood experiences. In these situations, CAT (cognitive analytic therapy), which is a relational form of therapy, may be more appropriate.


For more information on the treatment of GAD, follow these useful website links:

·         https://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/generalised-anxiety-disorder

·         https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/anxiety-and-panic-attacks/anxiety-treatments/


For more information on Cognitive Analytic Therapy, visit the ACAT website.

To book an appointment for assessment and treatment of GAD, call 0207 299 0375, or fill in our online appointment request form.