Generalized Anxiety Disorder, also known as (GAD), is a higher than normal level of anxiety that people experience day to day. It can fill ones day with constant worry and tension even though there is little or nothing provoking it. Sometimes just thoughts of getting through the day can cause anxiety.
Someone with Generalized Anxiety Disorder often worries excessively about money, family, health, or work. Sometimes the source of the worry is not known, it is just there. The cause of GAD is not well understood.
GAD suffers sometimes have a difficult time relaxing, or falling to sleep and staying asleep.
Unlike individuals with other anxiety disorders, people with GAD do not avoid certain situations because of their disorder. They normally can function in social settings and/or at work. However, GAD can make it difficult to carry on with life's everyday activities.
Physical symptoms of anxiety disorder
In most cases, a person who suffers with Generalized Anxiety Disorder will have intense physical symptoms.
Some will also have an upset stomach or nausea, or have to use the restroom frequently. Some might have dizziness or hearing issues.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is usually accompanied with depression, another anxiety disorder, or substance abuse. These conditions must be treated along with the GAD. Treatment can consist of medication, and/or therapy.
Below is a three part video series on GAD:
It's a Brain Thing: Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Part I
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