Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. GAD is diagnosed when a person finds it difficult to control worry on more days than not for at least six months and has three or more symptoms. GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population. Women are twice as likely to be affected. The disorder comes on gradually and can begin across the life cycle, though the risk is highest between childhood and middle age. Although the exact cause of GAD is unknown, there is evidence that biological factors, family background, and life experiences, particularly stressful ones, play a role. When their anxiety level is mild to moderate or with treatment, people with GAD can function socially, have full and meaningful lives, and be gainfully employed. Many with GAD avoid situations because they have the disorder or they may not take advantage of opportunities due to their worry (social situations, travel, promotions, etc).
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Symptoms of Anxiety
Helpful information to know about symptoms of anxiety:
Symptoms of anxiety may include:
- Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty controlling the worry
- Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)
Helpful information to know about our research studies:
- No insurance needed to receive medical care (if you qualify for a study).
- Obtain medical care and a free psychiatric evaluation and physical exam
- No-cost medications
- Gain access to research treatments before they are widely available.
- Receive compensation for time and travel (at least $50 per visit).