Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive and ‘all-consuming’ worry that occurs across many life domains (e.g. health, work, finances, and relationships). Individuals with GAD may excessively worry about actual events or may expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern. For most, physical symptoms are present such as muscle tension, headaches, and difficulty falling asleep. Reports of difficulty paying attention to other things when in the midst of worrying is also a common feature  As feelings of powerlessness and incompetence in managing the environment creeps into the mind, there is a disruption in an individual’s ability to function in important areas of life. This group is also at risk for many health problems, including depression, gastrointestinal conditions (like ulcers), and cardiac problems. A number of types of treatment can help with GAD such Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, anti-anxiety medication and SSRI antidepressants.