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Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) causes its sufferers chronic and exaggerated worry and tension that seem to have no substantial cause. People with generalized anxiety disorder often worry excessively about health, money, family, or work, and continually anticipate disaster.
Although GAD may be accompanied by depression, substance abuse, or another anxiety disorder, impairment is usually mild, except in severe cases. Generally, people with this disorder do not:
People with this disorder usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants, but cannot rid themselves of these irrational concerns. The following are the most common symptoms of GAD. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of GAD may resemble other psychiatric conditions. Always see your doctor for a diagnosis.
GAD begins gradually, usually in childhood or adolescence, but can begin in adulthood, too. It is more commonly seen in women and often occurs in relatives of those affected. Each year, 3.1 percent of people ages 18 and 54 are affected by GAD, and approximately 6.8 million American adults have it..
GAD is diagnosed by a doctor or mental health professional, who can help determine whether the symptoms you are experiencing are related to an anxiety disorder or another medical condition.
Specific treatment for GAD will be determined by your doctor based on:
Treatment may include: