Generalized Anxiety "Disorder": is defined by a protracted (6 months
or so, duration) period of anxiety and worry, accompanied by multiple
associated symptoms. These symptoms include muscle tension, easy
fatiguability, poor concentration, insomnia, and irritability. In youth, the
condition is known as overanxious disorder of childhood.
An essential feature of generalized anxiety disorder is that the anxiety
and worry can’t be connected to the more specific distress of panic disorder,
social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or other conditions.
Instead, the excessive worries often pertain to many areas, including work,
relationships, finances, the well-being of one’s family, potential misfortunes,
and impending deadlines. Somatic anxiety symptoms are common, as are
sporadic panic attacks.
Generalized anxiety disorder occurs more often in women, with a gender
ratio of about 2 women to 1 man.
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Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can vary. They may include:
Persistent worrying or anxiety about a number of areas that are out of proportion to the
impact of the events
Overthinking plans and solutions to all possible worst-case outcomes
Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they aren't
Difficulty handling uncertainty
Indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decision
Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
Inability to relax, feeling restless, and feeling keyed up or on edge
Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind "goes blank"
Physical signs and symptoms may include:
Muscle tension or muscle aches
Trembling, feeling twitchy
Nervousness or being easily startled
Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome
As with many mental health conditions, the cause of generalized anxiety disorder likely
arises from a complex interaction of biological and environmental factors,
which may include:
Differences in brain chemistry and function
Differences in the way threats are perceived
Development and personality
There's no way to predict for certain what will cause someone to develop generalized anxiety
disorder, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of symptoms if you experience anxiety:
Get help early. Anxiety, like many other mental health conditions, can be harder to treat if
Keep a journal. Keeping track of your personal life can help you and your mental health
professional identify what's causing you stress and what seems to help you feel better.
Prioritize issues in your life. You can reduce anxiety by carefully managing your time
Avoid unhealthy substance use. Alcohol and drug use and even nicotine or caffeine use
can cause or worsen anxiety. If you're addicted to any of these substances, quitting
can make you anxious. If you can't quit on your own, see your doctor or find a treatment
program or support group to help you.
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