What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety Disorder (GAD) involves excessive worry, tension and anxiety that is
difficult to control, has been present for longer than 6 months and concerns a
number of events and activities (such as relationships, family, finances, work
What are the symptoms of GAD?
with GAD can spend over half of their waking hours worrying. Their worries are
not specific to one situation (e.g. social settings) and often involve the
- Concerns about what might happen in the future
- The desire to do things perfectly
- The fear of failure
- Fear of negative evaluation from others
- Not being able to cope with daily responsibilities
- Concerns about world events reported in the media
difficult to relax, control the worry and deal with uncertainty. The worry is
out of proportion to what would usually be expected for the situation.
doesn’t always see their worries as excessive and unlikely to happen (e.g.
worrying each day that their car will break down, even though the car is well
maintained and has not broken down in the past).
symptoms may include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling restless
- Tight muscles (e.g. shoulders, neck, head)
common to also experience other mental health problems like another anxiety
disorder, depression or alcohol/substance abuse.
with GAD experiences significant distress or impairment in their ability to
carry out daily activities such as household chores, driving, work and social
or family commitments.