Generalized Anxiety Disorder


Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. People with GAD may have difficulty to control their anxiety and worry about health, family, money, or work. They may worry more than seems warranted about actual events. Also they may expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern.  

Women are twice as likely to be affected. GAD can often appear between childhood and middle age. Although the exact cause of GAD is not known, there is evidence that biological factors, family background, and life experiences.

GAD is diagnosed in adults when they experience at least three of the symptoms below on more days than not for at least six months. However only one symptom is required in children.

Symptoms of GAD include the following:

·         Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge

·         Being easily fatigued

·         Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank

·         Irritability

·         Muscle tension

·         Sleep disturbance



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