Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterised by extreme anxiety or worrying that is1,2,3:

  • Hard to control
  • Causes significant distress or problems in social interactions, work, or school
  • Occurs on more days than not for at least 6 months

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Symptoms of GAD can vary, and include2:

  • Constant worrying or anxiety about a number of areas that are out of proportion to the impact of the events
  • Overthinking plans and solutions to all possible worst-case scenarios
  • Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they are not
  • Difficulty handling uncertainty
  • Indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decision
  • Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
  • Inability to relax, feeling restless, and feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind "goes blank"
Causes of GAD2

Complex interactions of biological and environmental factors can contribute to the development of GAD. These include2:

  • Differences in brain chemistry and function
  • Genetics
  • Differences in the way threats are perceived
  • Development and personality
Risk factors for GAD2

Women are at higher risk of developing GAD compared to men.2

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