Generalized Anxiety Disorder



Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by the state of being overly anxious and worried about a number of events, activities, or issues. These worries occur frequently over the span of at least six months for diagnosis. Individuals with GAD have trouble controlling the intensity and frequency of their worries. Their anxiety is usually associated with other symptoms such as restlessness, difficulty concentrating, inconsistent sleep patterns, and muscle tension. They experience anxiety that is disproportionate to the actual impact of the feared event. GAD often interferes with functioning in social and occupational areas.





Individuals with General Anxiety Disorder experience constant worry and apprehension along with three or more of the following six symptoms:


  1. restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
  2. being easily fatigued
  3. difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
  4. irritability
  5. muscle tension
  6. difficulty falling or staying asleep or the experience of restless, unsatisfying sleep