Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common anxiety disorder that involves chronic worrying, nervousness and tension. We all experience situations from time to time that make us fearful and apprehensive. However, for some people their anxiety has no obvious cause. In these cases, the anxiety can become overwhelming and life becomes a constant state of fear, worry and dread. Eventually, if left untreated, the anxiety dominates a persons thinking so much that it can interfere with normal day to day functioning and may lead to avoidance of regular activities.

The difference between “normal” worrying and generalized anxiety disorder is that the worrying involved in GAD is:

  • Excessive
  • Intrusive
  • Persistent
  • Disruptive

What are the symptoms?

You may experience some or all of these:

  • Excessive, ongoing worry and tension
  • Irritability
  • A sense of dread
  • Feeling constantly on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Feeling sick
  • Noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth 

What are the therapies that can help?

Associated issues

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