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Treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) with CBT in London

Efficacy’s Cognitive Behavioural therapists, based in centres across London & Sevenoaks, are experts and highly training in delivering CBT treatment (or CBT counselling) to help you overcome all anxiety disorders.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is frequently referred to as the ‘worry’ or ‘what if disease’. People experiencing this challenging problem often worry excessively about a number of events in their lives, and find it difficult to tolerate any degree of uncertainty. In addition to worrying about events they also worry that their worries are becoming ‘out of control’. Though it is usual for most of us to worry some of the time, people suffering from generalised anxiety disorder will experience chronic worry, that is difficult to interrupt and distract from and that they cannot turn off.

Common Features

The defining feature of Generalised Anxiety Disorder is worry. Worries can jump from one to another, with individuals predicting one disaster after another. People often have positive and negative beliefs about the function of worry (i.e. ‘worrying helps me to prevent bad things happening’ – positive belief about worry – ‘worrying is driving me mad’ – negative belief about worry).

Related physical symptoms for those experiencing symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder include: insomnia, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, aches and pains, difficulty concentrating, indecisiveness and hopelessness.
Further consequences of continued worry can be chronic anxiety, depression in response to the chronic nature of worry, with reduced effectiveness at work, and reduced daily enjoyment in living.

Treatment Options

Guidelines produced by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) recommend Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a type of counselling, as the most effective psychological treatment to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder, with the longest duration of effect. Drug treatment is also an option and depending personal preference can be used in combination with psychological therapy.
NICE (April 2007)

According to ‘best evidence’ cognitive behavioural therapy not only has the best efficacy for the treatment of Generalised Anxiety Disorder but in follow up studies it has the best record for maintaining the gains in cognitive behavioural treatment and staying well.
We are a pure cognitive behavioural therapy service based in three London locations and Sevenoaks with a team of BABCP accredited Cognitive behavioural therapists. All accredited cognitive behavioural therapists will be trained mental health professionals and competent in treating Generalised Anxiety Disorder. So you can be assured that your health is in the hands of trusted health care professionals.

Evidence Base

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence is the independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of ill health. Recommendations made by NICE within their guidelines are based on evidence and research from clinical studies that formulates ideas and procedures for best practice.

If you would like to find out more or book an assessment in London then call on the number below or complete the online contact form.

Telephone: 020 7929 7911