Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) consists of excessive nervousness and worry about a number of activities or events.
Individuals have anxiety more days than not for 6 months or longer.
The individual will be anxious and worried about a variety of issues, activities, and situations, not just one type.
For this disorder to be diagnosed, several other symptoms (such as a tendency to tire easily, difficulty concentrating, and muscle tension) must accompany the anxiety.
Treatment involves a combination of drugs (usually antianxiety drugs and sometimes antidepressants) and psychotherapy.
GAD is a common type of anxiety disorder. About 3% of adults have it during any 12-month period.
Women are twice as likely as men to have the disorder.
It often begins in childhood or adolescence but may start at any age.
For most individuals, the disorder fluctuates, worsening at times (especially during times of stress), and persists over many years.