Generalized Anxiety Disorder
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Generalized anxiety disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by worry and fears that seemingly come out of nowhere. Learn more about GAD.`
Transcript: During the course of each year, four million American adults suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder....
During the course of each year, four million American adults suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is different from the everyday anxieties and worries that affect all of us. People with GAD experience chronic worry and tension about everyday life. They often expect the worst to happen with regards to their relationships, work, finances, health, and education. In people with GAD, these fears tend to be unrealistic or out-of-proportion to reality. For example, a perfectly healthy person may fixate on the idea that he could have a deadly disease or a successful employee might worry constantly about being fired. Eventually, anxiety so dominates a sufferer's thoughts that it comes to interferes with the ability to lead a normal, healthy life. In fact, Generalized Anxiety Disorder also leads to a host of physical symptoms, too. It's common for people with GAD to have trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep. This can lead to daytime lethargy, constant fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. Many sufferers also experience headaches, nausea, and muscle tension. Frequently, people with GAD startle very easily, and constantly feel restless, or "on edge." GAD can come with embarrassing symptoms, too, like the need to go to the bathroom frequently or excessive sweating. In addition to these problems, people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder often have other anxiety disorders, like panic disorder, phobias, or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. They may also suffer from clinical depression and be more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than people without an anxiety disorder. Remember: By definition, Generalized Anxiety Disorder is debilitating. So if you think you or someone you love is suffering from GAD, make an appointment to speak with a mental health professional!More »
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