I was just thinking about this and wondered how other GAD sufferers would describe their feelings.
I'm not really thinking of specific panic attacks, or the worry when something actually happens to you, but the underlying feeling that's their all the time, 24/7, from when you wake up in the morning to when you go to sleep at night. I catch the feeling, or notice it, when I sit down in the quiet, when nothing is distracting me. When I'm actually doing things/am distracted, I feel tense, weak, nauseous and preoccupied. When I just sit down in the quiet I feel something a little more vague which must be the root of all that tension and weakness and preoccupation.
So, to me, it feels like the world is collapsing. I sit down and there's nothing to distract me and I feel something between fear and dread. A sensation of being trapped in a nightmare, I suppose, a feeling that there's no way out and nothing to look forward to/nothing to save me. The way I see it in my mind (I guess I see a lot of images connected with anxiety) is the sky becoming lower, sinking around me, like the world is imploding. Or sometimes I see it as trains speeding towards me from all sides, like I'm sitting in the convergence of several tracks and there's nowhere to run. If I were to describe it as a sound, it would be a low buzzing hum.
How would you describe the underlying feeling of GAD?