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How can tell my parents that I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder?

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Dr. L. Kevin Chapman
Clinical Psychology
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In brief: Chronic Worry

All things considered, i would simply suggest that you explain it as "worrying a lot" and using a light switch analogy.
People diagnosed with gad have a hard time turning worry "off" whereas "normal worriers" are able to control worry. Explain that worry is in response to anxiety (attempt at coping with anxiety) although leads to more anxiety. Many cognitive behavioral therapy resources available.

In brief: Chronic Worry

All things considered, i would simply suggest that you explain it as "worrying a lot" and using a light switch analogy.
People diagnosed with gad have a hard time turning worry "off" whereas "normal worriers" are able to control worry. Explain that worry is in response to anxiety (attempt at coping with anxiety) although leads to more anxiety. Many cognitive behavioral therapy resources available.
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