(GAD) is when persistent worry and anxiety about your health, work, money or family last for at least six months, even when there are no signs of trouble in your life.

Doctors have found that constant and uncontrollable worry and anxiety may be due to a GAD.

GAD is a long-term illness that can last for many years before it is even diagnosed and treated. This is why many people with GAD believe their anxiousness is purely a part of their personality. All of us must realize that GAD is an illness that can and will interfere with our every day life and is connected with physical symptoms.

Major Symptoms of GAD

The major symptoms of GAD contain worry, anxiety and tension. If you think you might have GAD, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I worry excessively about minor issues?
  2. Am I nervous most of the time?
  3. Am I stressed most days?

If you answered yes to all three questions, may mean that you are suffering from GAD. You should consult your doctor for the proper diagnosis.

Other Symptoms of GAD

  • Restlessness
  • Exhausting Easily
  • Struggle Concentrating
  • Muscle Tension
  • Uneasy Sleep

Due to these symptoms being physical in nature, the emotional aspects of GAD can go unnoticed by your doctor. As a result, many people visit their doctor several times because of these physical symptoms before GAD is diagnosed and treated. In order to help the doctor become more aware of your problem and make the correct diagnosis, talk to him/her about all your symptoms including any constant worries that you may have.

Who Suffers From GAD?

GAD affects more than five percent of Americans throughout their lifetime. These individuals do not have to be burned or injured in other ways to suffer from this disorder. GAD has been found to be twice as common in women from 45 years of age and older then in men. Gad has also been found in adults from the ages of 25 and over.

What Causes GAD?

The precise cause of GAD is not known. It is thought to maybe be caused by a several factors. These factors can include but are not limited to, a family history or a physiological chemical imbalance, and that symptoms may get worse during periods of stress.

Can Preexisting Disorders Cause GAD?

Although GAD can exist on its own, it has been found that 90% of people who suffer from GAD may have preexisting conditions as well. These are:

  1. Depression: Is a sad or empty mood and the loss of interest or pleasure in most activities once enjoyed.
  2. Panic Disorder: The occurrence of repeated, severe unexpected horror or awaiting destiny.
  3. Social Anxiety Disorder: An extreme constant fear of scrutiny and embarrassment in social situations.
  4. Alcohol Abuse
  5. Drug Abuse

Treating GAD

  1. Counseling with a psychiatrist, psychologist, mental health counselor or social worker.
  2. Attending local and/or internet support groups.
  3. Medication
  4. Combination of therapy and medication.

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