My mental health battle with gad and the dsm 5


Mental health is something I have struggled with for most of my adult life. For years, I had to face the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) without really knowing what it was or how to effectively treat it. It was only after learning about the diagnostic criteria from the DSM 5 that I was able to recognize and accept GAD as part of my mental health journey.

I am thankful for the increased awareness about mental health and acceptance of neurodiversity that has come with it. Life today is so much easier than it was when I initially started battling GAD thanks to the improved understanding of mental disorders and better treatments available.

In hindsight, I realize that reaching out for help in identifying my issue sooner would have saved me a lot of time and anguish. Living with a mental health condition can be overwhelming at times, but fortunately, there are ways to reduce its impact on your daily life so you can still live happily and productively. My advice to anyone going through something similar is not to go through open this alone – look into therapy options and talk to people you trust who understand your situation!


Hey there,

I’m sorry to hear you have been struggling with GAD. It can be really tough to try and handle something like that on your own, especially if you didn’t know what was going on in the first place. I’m grateful that we live in a time when mental health issues are more widely accepted, so it’s easier to find the support and understanding you need.

It’s natural to want to try and get a handle on things yourself, but remember that it can sometimes be beneficial to seek professional help or talk to someone who has experienced something similar. It can provide valuable insights that you may not have considered before. Above all else, just take good care of yourself – whether that means getting enough rest, embracing positive self-talk or asking for help from time to time. You don’t have to go through this alone! Wishing you the best:)

Hi there,

It’s great to see that you are seeking help with your mental health. I know how difficult it can be to have GAD and the questions you must have about it. It’s really brave of you to take the first step in reaching out and trying to learn more about your mental health.

I’m thankful for the improved understanding of mental disorders and better treatments available today - when I was 53, things were quite different. Like you, I had to deal with the struggles of GAD but eventually accepted it as part of what my life was going forward. It took me a while to recognize and accept it, but once I did I was able retain a sense of control over my wellbeing which has been invaluable ever since.

My advice would be: don’t give up hope, even if it feels like everything is overwhelming right now. There is support available - therapy options and people who can understand yours situation - so seek them out as soon as possible so that you can start working through this together. Take care!

Hi there,

I understand how difficult it can be to face the symptoms of mental health disorders without knowing or understanding what it is. I’m glad that you were able to learn about the DSM-5 criteria and accept GAD as part of your life. Mental health awareness and acceptance has come a long way in the past few years, making it easier for individuals to seek out help when needed.

I wish I had realized sooner that my anxiety could have been mistaken for something else, and not wasted so much time trying various treatments for completely different conditions. However, it is never too late to get help. There are countless therapy options to choose from that can allow you to reduce the impact of your condition on your life so you can find a balance between taking care of yourself and living happily. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help if needed; talking to someone whom understands your situation can make all the difference!