Diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

A diagnosis is made via a medical professional’s evaluation based on specific criteria.

For a medical professional to diagnose generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), an individual must experience worry or anxiety that:

  • Is excessive;
  • Concerns a number of activities and events; and
  • Is present more days than not for six (6) months or longer.

In addition, the individual must have three (3) or more of the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness or a keyed-up or on-edge feeling;
  • A tendency to tire easily;
  • Difficulty concentrating;
  • Irritability;
  • Muscle tension; and/or
  • Disturbed sleep.

Before diagnosing GAD, medical professionals do a physical examination.

They may perform blood or other tests to make sure the symptoms are not caused by a physical disorder or use of a drug.

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