Welcome to the “Conquer Your Battlefield” podcast, where we come together to discuss some of the more significant struggles, and metaphorical battlefields, that we’ve faced along our journeys, and share some insight on how we’ve conquered them.
I’m JD McGibney, and today I’ll be talking with one of the most diverse musicians I have the pleasure of knowing. A man who has been composing for TV and film for over a decade with scores that range from delicate and emotional piano ballads, to epic and action packed themes that move you to the edge of your seat. A man who has recently won the Grimmfest Award for Best Score for his work on the horror film “Slapface,” and is a fellow appreciator of progressive metal: Mr. Barry J. Neely.
Today we’re going to be talking about Generalized Anxiety Disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. According to the Mayo Clinic, people with GAD may also show physical symptoms such as, Fatigue, Trouble sleeping, Muscle tension, muscle aches, Trembling, feeling twitchy, being easily startled, Sweating, Nausea, diarrhea, IBS, or general Irritability. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, GAD usually involves a persistent feeling of anxiety or dread that interferes with how you live your life. It is not the same as occasionally worrying about things or experiencing anxiety due to stressful life events. People living with GAD experience frequent anxiety for months, if not years, and it develops slowly. According to the ADAA again, roughly about 6.8 million adults in the United States are affected by Generalized Anxiety disorder, and of that, only about 43.2% of them receive treatment.