What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are extremely worried about concerns such as finances, health, family, punctuality and many other things, even when there is little or no reason to worry about them. They are very anxious about just getting through the day and assume that things will always go poorly. Worrying about these things can keep people with GAD from doing everyday tasks.

What are the signs/symptoms of GAD?

Chronic worries about daily events/the future

Physical symptoms associated with worry such as:

                                                          • Feeling restless/keyed up
                                                          • Trouble sleeping
                                                          • Muscle aches/tension
                                                          • Difficulty concentrating
                                                          • Irritability
                                                          • Feeling easily fatigued

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                                                    What treatments are available for GAD?

GAD can be treated with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. Some people find therapy more helpful while others prefer medications or a combination.

Psychotherapy -A specific type of psychotherapy called cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is especially helpful for treating GAD. CBT helps individuals in how they react, think about and behave in response to worries and the associated anxiety which helps in reducing anxiety.

Medication - Doctors also may prescribe medication to help treat GAD such as antidepressant medication. Antidepressants are used to treat depression, but they also are helpful for GAD. They may take several weeks to start working and some of these medications may infrequently cause side effects.

Want to learn more about GAD?

Contact us to hear more about current studies we are conducting at: 1-866-44-WORRY or anxietystudy@partners.org

Visit the Anxiety and Depression Association of America website: https://www.adaa.org/

Visit the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies website: http://www.abct.org/

Visit the NIMH website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad/index.shtml

Check out our resources page here for videos and articles about GAD.


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