Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

What Is Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a relatively common mental-health problem. The primary symptoms of GAD are:

  • Getting a variety of anxieties or worries, which are excessive and disproportionate to a particular situation, activity, or to an event.
  • Having difficulty controlling anxieties or worries.

Sometimes, everyone can be anxious or worried. However, GAD causes uncontrollable anxieties or worries regarding various events, activities and situations most of the time. It is stressful or difficult to do daily activities due to GAD. Often, people, who are with GAD, may have other mental health conditions such as depression.

Other symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Tiredness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Having tense muscles

Recognition of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is difficult. If you have any of these symptoms and are anxious or worried frequently, it is better to discuss with your healthcare professional. As the condition continues and gets worse, the patient may think that he or she has a serious mental problem, such as psychosis, but this is a false belief.



Psychosis – A loss of contact with reality, which usually includes: False beliefs regarding what is happening or who one is (delusions); Seeing or hearing things, which are not there (hallucinations).

(Photo courtesy: David Goehring)


Related Links:

Planning the Management of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
How to Manage Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
Psychological Treatments for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

About the author
Dr. Nalaka Priyantha is the founder and author of 'DRN Health'. He currently works at the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka as a senior medical officer. He is blogging about healthy living since 2012.
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