What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry about a variety of topics and is considered excessive in relation to the situation. Individuals with GAD typically worry about everyday life concerns, such as finances, health, and family.
Common symptoms of worry in GAD include restlessness, difficulty concentrating, worrying about excessive worrying, indecisiveness, and difficulty tolerating uncertainty or novelty.
The worry in GAD is often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as feeling tense, difficulty sleeping, muscle tension, concentration problems, and/or feeling worn out and fatigued. It can often be mistaken as OCD due to the “obsessive” nature of the thoughts. The difference, however, is that in GAD, the concerns are about a variety of different topics, whereas in OCD, individuals worry about a specific range of concerns. GAD is also not typically associated with rituals/compulsions.