Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involves persistent anxiety and worry about a broad range of situations, from everyday issues to global disasters. These worries can take up a lot of time and can be very difficult to control or disconnect from.  Though the subject of worry is often related to “everyday” concerns (e.g., finances, tardiness, grades, safety) that we all worry about at times, GAD worries are often excessive (e.g., worrying your loved one has been in a horrible accident if they are 5 minutes late) and can make it difficult to get work done or be present at school, work, or home.  Further, those struggling with GAD often experience persistent physical symptoms of anxiety, including: muscle tension, restlessness, fatigue, concentration difficulties, irritability, and sleep disturbance.

Potential signs of GAD:

  • Constant or near-constant worry or anxiety about a variety of things
  • Others describe you as “a worrier”
  • Frequently thinking or worrying about the “worst case scenario”
  • Often feeling tense or on edge
  • Finding it difficult to story or control your worrying
  • Difficulty concentrating or relaxing
  • Physical symptoms such as neck pain and tension, stomach aches, and headaches
  • Irritability