Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Many times people think their feelings are unique, the product of their own lives and experiences. Read
this brief description and see if it sounds like
you. Many people share these patterns. You can begin to seek help to feel better.
Some research suggests that GAD may run in families, and it may also grow worse during stress. GAD usually begins at an earlier age and symptoms may manifest themselves more slowly than in most other anxiety disorders.
What Treatments Are Available for GAD?
Treatments for GAD include medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy.
Can People With GAD Also Have Other Illnesses?
Research shows that GAD often coexists with depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders. Other conditions associated with stress, such as irritable bowel syndrome, often accompany GAD. Patients with physical symptoms such as insomnia or headaches should also tell their doctors about their feelings of worry and tension. This will help the patient's health care provider to recognize that the person is suffering from GAD.
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Portions of the above information have been provided with the kind permission of the National Institute of Mental Health. (www.nimh.nih.gov).
Additional resources from WebMD Boots UK on Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Last Editorial Review: 7/8/2004