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Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by regular, extreme tension and worries about everyday activities and decisions.
This disorder manifests itself when people worry irrationally about day to day matters at a level far out of proportion to the source of worry, often to the point of anticipating personal catastrophes and disasters.
Sufferers may experience a continuous feeling that bad things are going to happen to them in such areas as health, money, family problems, even death. This excessive worrying disrupts the person’s ability to function normally during everyday life.
It is estimated that around 6.8 million adults in the United States suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, equivalent to 3.1% of the adult population. According to the statistics, women are twice as likely to suffer from GAD than men. It is also common for sufferers to be simultaneously affected by other anxiety disorders.
Certain studies suggest that GAD is genetically linked, and that it may worsen during times of stress. The disorder often begins during childhood, with symptoms manifesting themselves at a much slower rate than in other anxiety disorders. However, many other people have reported onset of the disorder in early adulthood, in response to an instance of extreme stress.
Physical symptoms of GAD can include trembling, insomnia, stomach upset, muscular aches, dizziness, restlessness, irritability and fatigue.
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