Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Causes and Treatment
This is one of the most common mental disorders. It is twice as common in women than in men. Many times, it is accompanied by major depression. It is also associated with substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. GAD is characterized by excessive and persistent worrying that is hard to control causing significant distress or impairment.
Signs and Symptoms
- Excessive Worry: Persistent and excessive worry about various aspects of life, such as work, health, family, or everyday situations.
- Restlessness or Feeling On Edge: A constant feeling of restlessness, irritability, or being on edge.
- Difficulty Concentrating or Mind Going Blank: Finding it hard to concentrate, experiencing mental fog, or feeling like your mind is going blank.
- Irritability: Being easily annoyed or irritated by small things.
- Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restless sleep.
- Perfectionism: A tendency to be overly concerned with perfectionism and fear of making mistakes.
- Excessive Concern about Future Events: Worrying excessively about future events, even if they are unlikely to occur.
- Difficulty Relaxing: Finding it hard to relax, feeling constantly on edge.