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Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - Definition, Symptoms & Causes

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterised by excessive anxiety and worry. The worry is difficult to control. The worry is also disproportionate to what the worry is about. In Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), worry is usually about everyday matters, or competence, performance, or punctuality. Worry may also be about catastrophes. The focus of worry can shift from one subject to another. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) may impact on day to day life, or personal relationships or work relationships.
 

Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

The symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) include excessive anxiety and worry also known as apprehensive expectation. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) also includes symptoms such as concentration difficulties, diarrhoea, distress, fatigue, irritability, nausea, nervousness, restlessness, sleep problems including difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep or unsatisfying sleep, startled responses, sweating, or tension including muscle aches and soreness or shakiness or trembling or twitching.
 

Causes of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) may be related to cultural factors, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, low self esteem, perfectionism, thoughts, or stress. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) may also be related to other Anxiety Disorders such as Panic Disorder or Social Phobia or Specific Phobias. Mood Disorders, or Substance Related Disorders, may also be related to GAD. Risk factors for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) may include being divorced, separated, living alone, or being a lone parent.
 

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Updated 16 October 2014