Is it possible that adult person develops generalized anxiety disorder after traumatic event? What can you tell me about this disorder? What are typical signs of generalized anxiety?
Of course that it is possible. I know a woman who has traumatic event. She was raped…few months after she developed generalized anxiety disorder. Those people are unable to stop worrying or relax. People with this disorder also often experience associated symptoms such as: restlessness, , fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance. The anxiety and worry is considered a disorder if it is severe enough to cause significant distress or interferes with social functioning.
Of course it is possible to develop generalized anxiety disorder as an adult and after traumatic event.
Generalized anxiety disorder has similar symptoms as panic disorder as well as an obsessive-compulsive disorder but it is completely different condition.
Living with this disorder is quite challenging and it can be only improved with medications or psychological counseling. Sometimes learning new techniques of relaxation (yoga for instance) can be helpful as well.
As far as treatment options are concerned cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most common types of psychotherapy for this disorder and it has been proven to improve behavior and reduce symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
I hope this was helpful and that you will be supportive to the person who is dealing with this disorder.