What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized anxiety disorder, sometimes referred to as GAD, is characterized by chronic, excessive worry. Even when people with GAD recognize that their worry is extreme or unwarranted, they are nonetheless unable to control it.
What are the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
People suffering from GAD often experience symptoms such as restlessness, insomnia, poor concentration, fatigue and irritability. These are also common symptoms of depressive illnesses, and not surprisingly, GAD occurs most frequently in combination with depression and/or with other anxiety disorders.
Could you be suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
A trained healthcare professional can best determine whether or not GAD is a problem for you. He or she will likely ask you a number of questions to look for the symptoms of GAD, for example:
- Are you a particularly nervous or anxious person?
- Do you or people who know you well think of you as a worrier?
You might refer to your answers to these questions when discussing your concerns with your healthcare provider.
How is Generalized Anxiety Disorder treated?
Doctors commonly rely on antidepressant medications, specifically a class of medications called SSRIs, to help manage the symptoms of GAD. Benzodiazepines and other antidepressants are also effective in changing the brain’s underlying chemical messengers. To learn more about these options, visit Know your treatment options.