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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (G A D)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) causes people to be worried or tense most of the time. People with GAD have a feeling that something is going to happen even when they have no reason to feel that way. They may feel tense without knowing why. Research shows that GAD often coexists with depression, substance abuse, panic disorder and/or other anxiety disorders. Patients with physical symptoms such as insomnia or headaches should also tell their doctors about their feelings of worry and tension. This will help the physician make a diagnosis. Many individuals with GAD startle more easily than other people. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can be detected in early adolescence, and also begin in early adulthood. About 10 million adults in the United States have this disorder.
Women are more likely to have Generalized Anxiety Disorder than men. GAD is characterized by 6 months or more of chronic, exaggerated worry and tension that is unfounded or much more severe than the normal anxiety most people experience in their everyday life. Some researchers have suggested that GAD may be inherited and may also grow worse during stressful situations.
Unlike a lot of stress related disorders, GAD does not have the impairment associated with other disorders. Impairment is considered mild and doesn't cause the person that has GAD to be restricted in social settings or on the job. Unlike many other anxiety disorders, people with GAD do not characteristically avoid certain situations as a result of their disorder. However, if left untreated, it can become very severe and debilitating, making it difficult to carry out even the simplest daily activities and tasks.
People with this GAD usually expect the worst; they worry excessively about money, health, family, or work, even when there are no signs of trouble. They are unable to relax and often suffer from insomnia. Many people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) also have physical symptoms, such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headaches, irritability or hot flashes. Fortunately, through research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and others, effective treatments have been developed to help people with GAD.
Most people worry about this or that and on occasion they worry excessively because of situations life has handed them, this does not mean that you have GAD. But if you have nothing to worry about and you find your self doing it anyway, and you can't seem to relax, and it lasts more than a few weeks, you may have a problem that needs to be checked out by someone skilled in the field and can give you a proper diagnosis. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder worry so much that it interferes with their every day life, and it happens more days than not.
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