Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. Anxiety is a normal emotion experienced by everyone, but people with GAD may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues and often find it difficult to control their worry. They may worry more than seems normal or expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for any concern.  Normal anxiety becomes a disorder when a person finds it difficult to control worry on more days than not for at least six months and it interferes with their daily functioning. Symptoms of GAD may 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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