The DSM describes generalized anxiety or, GAD, as a condition of excessive worry, extending for six months or longer. During this time worry is consitently present. The individual finds this worry to be very difficult to control. Frequent worries about work or school performance are common themes in GAD. This worry can lead to significant fatigue and sleep difficulties. Irritability is often a symptom of GAD.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder can profoundly diminish a person’s quality of life due to its persistence and its intensity. Dr. Mannis treats this disorder with the same approach he takes to anxiety in general (see anxiety page). The antidote Dr. Mannis uses is the “authentic voice.” The concept of the authentic voice is an augmentation to classic cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). With Dr. Perry Bosmajian’s input, Dr. Mannis has developed a treatment approach that has shown to be highly effective in the treatment of GAD.
Initially this approach focuses upon facilitating the patient’s understanding of their own anxious condition. This is accomplished in a nonjudgmental environment that emphasizes understanding and acceptance.
Once an understanding of one’s anxiety has been accomplished, the next step is to remediate one’s symptoms. The patient learns how to use the Four Pillars of Courageous Authenticity.
Authenticity cannot be superimposed; it must come from within. But once a patient begins to find their authentic voice, it becomes a thrilling experience for both the patient and Dr. Mannis.