Anxiety is a normal part of life—it can even be useful at times. But for some people, anxiety is a persistent problem that interferes with daily activities such as work, school or sleep. This type of anxiety can disrupt relationships, enjoyment of life and, over time, it can lead to health concerns (i.e., ulcers, headaches, hypertension, etc.) and other problems.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by
at least six months of persistent, excessive and
Common symptoms may include:
- Feeling apprehensive
- Feeling powerless
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Having an increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Feeling weak or fatigued
- Sleep disturbances
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a mental health condition. Your worries may not go away on their own. If you think you may have GAD, you should seek the help of your doctor or a mental health provider, before it gets worse. Treatment with medication, counseling or lifestyle changes can generally help.