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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is defined as “persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things.” 6.8 million adults deal with generalized anxiety disorder in the US each year, and women are twice as likely as men to be affected by GAD. 
Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can treat and manage GAD. One of the most powerful steps you can take to manage your GAD is to begin therapy. Aside from regular therapy sessions, mindfulness practices such as meditation and yoga can help to manage the symptoms of GAD. In addition, there are a number of medications available that can help with the symptoms of GAD.
When you’re feeling stressed or anxious, there are a number of steps you can take in that moment to help alleviate your symptoms.  For example, taking slow, deep breaths can help you to slow your heart rate and focus on your body in that moment rather than the thoughts that are causing you to feel stressed. For some, counting to 10 can have the same effect. Others respond well to music when they’re experiencing stress or anxiety, and still others feel better once they talk with a loved one about the feelings they are experiencing.
If you think that you might be experiencing GAD, reach out to a psychiatrist to discuss your symptoms as well as your options moving forward.
If you’re looking for a psychiatrist in the Augusta County, VA area, give us a call today at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine.