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People with work related generalized anxiety disorder fear their workplace, the people in it and “possible problems” that may arise. This is a problem that many researchers believe to be a separate condition that should be treated with utmost care because people who suffer from work related generalized anxiety disorder are not lazy people – No Sir! They have a disorder that makes them terrified of the workplace.

A Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder which turns its sufferers into chronic worrywarts which distracts them from their daily activities or troubles them with persistent feelings that something bad is going to happen. Physical signs that usually accompany psychological symptoms in GAD include:

    Restlessness
    Trouble falling asleep or staying awake
    Headaches
    Sweating
    Gastrointestinal discomfort or diarrhea
    Irritability
    Fatigue
    Muscle tension, trembling and twitching

Recent research has shown that one in every two workers with on long-term sick leave will be showing signs of work related general anxiety disorder. Like other forms of anxiety disorder, job anxieties can manifest in the form of panic, work related worrying, work related social anxieties, hypochondriac fears or post traumatic stress.

Many employers consider work related anxieties an expensive problem because these anxieties can make workers avoid their jobs (job absenteeism), take long sick leaves, or early retirement. 

Work related general anxiety disorder can be treated using the following remedies:

1)    Behaviorial Therapy
    Exposure therapy: This technique is used to help sufferers confront their fears through repeated exposure either in their imagination or in reality (in a safe controlled environment). Exposure to a feared situation (in this case, the workplace) can help sufferers gain a sense of control, because as they face their fears without being harmed, their work anxiety disorder gradually reduces.
    Cognitive Behavior Therapy: This technique helps sufferers identify and challenge the negative thinking patterns and irrational beliefs that fuel work anxiety disorder.
2)    Medication
There are several types of medications that are used in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorders but medication is considered most effective when combined with behavioral therapy technique. Medications such as benzodiazepines and antidepressants are mostly used in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

3)    Complementary Treatments
    Relaxation Techniques: Relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle control, controlled breathing, meditation and visualization can help people who suffer from work related anxiety disorder to increase their feelings of relaxation and total emotional well-being.
    Hypnosis: This technique to some people might sound like a load of hog-wash but hypnosis has proven effective in the treatment of work anxiety disorder. Hypnosis is used to help patients face their fears and look at them from a different perspective.
    Exercise: It is a known fact that exercise is the most natural stress and anxiety buster. Research has shown that 30 minutes of exercise (three to five time weekly), can help people with work anxieties find significant relief. Although most people are practically dragged to the gym kicking and screaming but in order achieve maximum benefit using this technique, aim for an hour of aerobic exercises for at least an hour.