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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

What is generalized anxiety disorder?

Unlike other anxiety disorders, the anxiety experienced in GAD is not limited to specific situations or circumstances. Rather, the focus of the anxiety is on many or most areas of a person’s life (e.g., academic or job performance, finances, social relationships, crime, etc.).

People with GAD find it very difficult or impossible to control their anxiety.

GAD anxiety lasts for six months or longer and is associated with at least three of these symptoms:

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    Feeling restless or on-edge
  • Feeling easily tired or fatigued
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Tenseness in muscles
  • Difficulty sleeping

Want to learn more about GAD?

Check out these resources:

Are you concerned that you may have GAD?

See our resource database for a list of books, websites, and local options for seeking professional evaluations and treatment.

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