Signs and symptoms of GAD
When suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the normal worrying that people feel about life is out of control. You experience a daily, overwhelming and irrational anxiety that just won’t go away. A person with GAD has difficulty controlling his/her worries, even when they are aware that the worry is excessive.
What is typical when suffering from GAD, is that you do not worry about one specific thing (like phobia), but instead constantly change to something new to feel anxious about. This means that you start a new cycle of anxiety over and over again, which then contributes to the difficulty of breaking this bad habit.
Anyone who has been tense and nervous knows that it can also affect the body physically. When you are about to have an interview, take a test, make a difficult decision etc. it is normal to feel sore muscles, headache, stomach problems and rapid heartbeat. When you suffer from GAD, these physical symptoms might be there constantly, which, of course, is not healthy for you at all. With all these physical symptoms, it is quite common that people suffering from GAD ignore the mental aspect and do not seek help for their anxiety problems but instead only their physical problems.
When suffering from GAD there is also an increased risk of further anxiety disorders, substance abuse or depression. It is, therefore, important that you get help as soon as possible. GAD usually begins in childhood or adolescence and it is more common in women than in men.
Common emotional, behavioral and physical symptoms of GAD
Further reading: Overcome your gad with online therapy.
This GAD test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.
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