Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterised by extreme worry about many things including money, work, family life, social interactions and health concerns and is one of the most common anxiety disorders.
Often there is no obvious cause for the anxiety and the individual may be aware that the severity of their worries and thoughts seems out of line with their actual external factors. This can make it even harder to understand and communicate to those around you.
Many people with GAD experience an escalation in their worries and thoughts over time.
What starts with a normal worry, for instance that you may not be offered a job interview, can intensify into a pattern of worries that can seem catastrophic; not getting the job means never being able to leave home, which means your parents can’t downsize and won’t be able to afford to retire – and it is all your fault.
Whilst, from the outside, these thought patterns can seem difficult to understand and some may even think they are silly, for those people with generalised anxiety disorders the fears are very real, overwhelming and at times, terrifying.
GAD symptoms may come and go; at times things can seem to be getting back on track but suddenly, and often with no discernible reason, bouts of huge worry and anxiety can be triggered.
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It’s not clear why some people will develop a certain type of anxiety disorder or another.
It can be difficult to know whether an individual is suffering with GAD, another type of anxiety disorder or another condition such as depression because the symptoms can be similar.
When considering whether you have generalised anxiety disorder, a Psychiatrist will consider: