Generalized anxiety disorder you can worry excessively about minor
People with generalized anxiety disorder
(GAD) go through the day filled being constantly worried and tense,
even though there is little or nothing to provoke it.
1.For generalized anxiety disorder sufferers, the
and duration of the worry are disproportionate to the actual
source of worry.
2.Often the worry interferes with daily functioning.
3.GAD sufferers anticipate disaster and are overly concerned
about health issues, money, family problems, or difficulties at work.
4.Generalized anxiety disorder sufferers can also
worry over more minor matters such as deadlines for appointments,
keeping the house clean, and whether or not their workspace is properly
5.Sometimes even the thought of getting through the day
GAD is diagnosed when a person worries excessively
variety of everyday problems for
at least 6 months.
People with GAD
can't seem to get rid of their concerns, even though
they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the
4.Often have trouble
falling asleep or staying asleep.
Physical symptoms that often accompany the anxiety
- trembling, twitching
having to go to the bathroom frequently
feeling out of breath
When their anxiety level is mild, people with Generalized anxiety
disorder can function socially and hold down a job.
Although they don't avoid certain situations as a
result of their disorder, people with GAD can have difficulty carrying
out the simplest daily activities if their anxiety is severe.
Generalized anxiety disorder affects about 6.8
million adult Americans (2)
and about twice as many women as men.(3)
differs from other anxiety disorders in the sense that there is no
clear stimulus that elicits anxiety or was
associated with how it began.
It also lacks the
clear avoidance and escape behaviors of phobias and unlike panic
attacks associated with most disorders, GAD stays fairly moderate in
its anxiety levels (Deffenbacher and Suinn, 1987, pg 332)
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Psychiatry, 1992; 49(4): 267-72.
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WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence, severity, and
of twelve-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey
Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005
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in America: the Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study. New York: The Free