Generalized anxiety disorder

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by an uncontrollable and unrealistic worry about everyday situations such as school, work, relationships or health. This worrying has to occur on the majority of days for at least six months for a diagnosis of GAD. This worry is uncontrollable and can be accompanied by at least three additional symptoms which include; feeling restless, getting tired easily, difficulty concentrating, feeling cranky, tense muscles and disturbed sleep.

What causes GAD? The causes of GAD are not fully known, however it is thought that GAD can be part your genetic and chemical make-up, as well as part of your personality.

Getting help to manage GAD.  There are a number of different treatments for GAD. A doctor, counselor, psychologist or other mental health professional can talk to you about your symptoms, and discuss alternative ways of treating and coping with them. For example some people get out into nature, eat well, and try to be active in addition to medication and psychological treatment.


Acknowledgement: This fact sheet was originally developed by youth and staff at ReachOut.com, a website that helps teens get through tough times. 
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