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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a type on Anxiety Disorder.

 

Most people feel anxious from time to time – an important meeting or hurrying to catch a plane.  Some people, however, feel anxious almost constantly.

 

People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder worry excessively about issues and even though they know the worry is excessive it is hard to control.

 

Symptoms may include:

 

    Restlessness or a feeling of being “keyed up’ or “on edge,”

    Being easily fatigued,

    Difficulty concentrating or a sense of the mind going blank,

    Irritability,

    Muscle tension,

    Difficulty sleeping,

    Trembling, twitching, muscle soreness,

    Headaches, sweating or chills, nausea, dizziness,

    Shortness of breath,

    Diarrhea,

    Irritable bowel syndrome, and

    Being easily startled.

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder may have a genetic involvement.  Stress can intensify the disorder.  Medications are available that may help control the symptoms.

 

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